First of all, let’s understand what Responsible Tourism is? We want to make places better to live in and also to visit them, for that responsibility for tourism is important for locals and tourists. The idea behind this responsible travel is to encompass all types of tourism and not just nature-based. The terms- responsible travel, sustainable tourism, ethical travel all these relate to positive impact only.
Responsible tourism minimizes negative economic, environmental, social impacts and then generates economic benefits for local people. It is more than just protecting the environment. It is about supporting local economies and communities, about lifting people and empowering them, about preserving artistic traditions, about protecting children. You need to stop giving money to begging children and say no to orphanage tourism. It is also about protecting animals. There are five freedom steps:
Good housing, appropriate behavior, protection from fear, good feeding and good health. The WorldTourism Organization says that 1 in 12 people are directly or indirectly employed in tourism and the, countries that are doing best the places where we all want to go are developing countries. For them, tourism is one of the most important industries. Not only that, but many of the conservation projects around the world both natural and cultural heritage are funded through income from tourists, tourism pound or dollar.
So tourism is very important for livelihoods, for communities, for jobs and conservation of natural and, cultural heritage around the world. Responsible tourism’s idea is built around the word ‘local’ – local experiences, local produce, local guides, Distinctive places, learning about what makes places magical and different. This is what makes a wonderful way to travel.
While planning for a travel, keep a few points in mind and they are- Think local, small-scale. Stay in a locally owned accommodation, eat in local restaurants, discover what is magical about the place and travel with respect. Traveling with respect earns you respect. Read up on local customs and culture, you will be more informed, more learned. This will end up having no problems that we might create for them. So think local about everything you do.
Tourism has become a tool for local community development, which eradicates poverty and thus giving emphasis to women empowerment. Hence, it aspires to create a social and environmental equilibrium for the better livelihood of farmers, people, and artisans.