The concept of responsible tourism has been the focus of many debates regarding the future of the travel and tourism industry. Many companies define themselves as being responsible in the way they manage their tourism-related activities, but few of them actually are. There’s a lot of greenwashing involved, the same way ecotourism – in fact, a well-defined concept – was used years ago for every nature-based activity or accommodation.
Simply put, responsible tourism is about ‘making better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit’ (Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism, 2002).
According to the Cape Town Declaration, implementing a responsible tourism strategy implies coordinated actions like:
Responsible tourism can only be fully developed through a coordinated multi-stakeholder process.
As a tour operator, we aim at doing our part by planning tours and activities that benefit local communities while minimizing negative impacts.
Example: We use family local owned accommodations as much as possible. We employ local guides and encourage our tourists to buy local products.
We market the destination in an accurate way that reflects the destination as it is.
Example: We never organize tours to ‘Dracula’s Castle’. We never take you places where people live like they did centuries ago. Those places don’t exist, and extreme poverty is not solved through occasional tours.
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