The world is not such a lonely planet anymore but the very resources we promote through tourism are in danger of degradation.
Visiting a yurt in eastern Tibet, trekking to a remote village in Timbuktu in Mali, kayaking the seas of the Caribbean and South Pacific – these are all amazing experiences but the resources upon which these experiences are based must be managed and the host communities considered.
When a community welcomes you with warm smiles, you sample local cuisine, see an ancient historic site – you may not be the only one to do so – but you can ensure it is preserved and protected for future travellers and customs and people respected.
When you see a lagoon floating with garbage or a once beautiful landscape paved with concrete you must also realize that if the principles of sustainable tourism are not put into action, then each one of these destinations will lose their appeal, environmental beauty and ultimately, their profitability.
In order to develop a sustainable tourism and travel industry, some key areas to consider include:
- sound financial and business planning environmental management
- sensitivity to cultural and social dynamics
- efficient management, training and customer service
- consideration and inclusion of all stakeholders
- ensuring the destination and community are better off after a visit
- long term vision and good joined-up governance
- marketing and communications programs to showcase the positive elements
Our experiences, education in tourism and work experience have led us to believe passionately in the principles of sustainable tourism. We have experience in both practical and theoretical implications of tourism and all facets of tourism development and management. For consulting assistance with your project or destination, please contact us.