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What is responsible tourism?
Responsible tourism involves a new and different way of managing tourism which aims to increase and maximise the benefits – economic, social and environmental – and minimising costs for both visitor and host/destination. It is a form of tourism that “creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit” – a phrase coined in South Africa’s tourism capital, Cape Town, in 2002.
What are the benefits? In many tourist destinations worldwide, one often finds a luxurious tourist resort, surrounded by desperate and impoverished communities and much environmental damage and wastage. Responsible tourism aims to change this – it generates economic benefits for the local people, enhancing the wellbeing of host communities. It improves working conditions and access to industry, and involves local people in decision making.
It also makes a positive contribution to the conservation of a country’s natural and cultural heritage, and to the maintenance of the world’s diversity. In the process, it provides more enjoyable experiences for visitors through connecting with local people and their cultures, and a greater understanding of and respect for a country’s cultural, social and environmental issues. Responsible tourism also focuses on minimising negative economic, environmental and social impacts.