Why sustainable tourism is important?
18 April 2022
In a circular economy, the world is evolving. As the years passed, we became increasingly conscious of the problem of climate change and our involvement in exacerbating it. Our global community is considering methods to reduce our environmental effect in a circular economy and maintain the ecology of the environment worldwide.
What does it mean to have a sustainable tourism strategy?
Sustainable tourism is described as tourism that provides more advantages than drawbacks, particularly in the environment, economy, and communities. Sustainable and responsible tourism should improve the quality of life in places where people live and visit. The following are the major duties of sustainable tourism:
- Environmental, natural resource, and wildlife protection
- Assisting locals in tourism destinations with socioeconomic advantages
- Cultural heritage preservation and unique tourism experiences
- Bringing local communities and tourists together for mutual gain
- Creating tourist options that are inclusive and accessible.
What role does sustainable tourism play in finding a solution?
The negative effects of tourism are felt by more than simply local communities in tourist sites. Many of us, as tourists, prefer to visit sites that are clean, not overcrowded, and safe. We also like to encounter actual local cultures, traditions, religions, and architecture rather than an inauthentic ruse for money.
- As a result, alternate tourism, particularly sustainable versions, benefits us all. Regions with natural resources, landscapes, or cultural buildings are the best sites to develop sustainable tourism. They all attract tourists who wish to explore and admire local destinations and cultures in an environmentally friendly manner.
Sustainable tourism’s objectives
In 2005, the World Tourism Organization and the UN Environment Program proposed twelve primary goals for sustainable tourism. These will serve to demonstrate how sustainable tourism can give a solution to some of the industry’s current worldwide challenges:
Ascertaining that tourism sites and enterprises are viable, competitive, and capable of long-term success.
To ensure that tourism activities contribute to the economic wellbeing of local communities and that a significant portion of the economic contribution is retained.
Increase the amount of local employment created in the tourism industry while ensuring that wages and working conditions are fair, safe, and available to all workers.
To ensure that tourism increases the quantity of economic and social advantages dispersed throughout local communities, boosting the quality of life in all places.
To provide tourists with a safe and enjoyable vacation experience free of discrimination based on race, gender, sexuality, disability, or other factors.
Respect for the host communities’ cultural heritage, customs, authenticity, and distinctiveness.
Whenever possible, in the development and operation of tourism facilities and services, sustainable and renewable resources should be employed.
To protect the land, air, and water from pollution, trash, and other waste generated by tourism businesses and visitors.