Responsible Travel

Considering the impacts tourism have on local communities, respect for local culture and support for social development are imperative to responsible travel and sustainable tourism practice.

Responsible Tourism is about ‘making better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit’ and requires that tour operators, hoteliers, governments, local people and tourists alike take responsibility and take action to make tourism more sustainable. The Cape Town Declaration (2002) recognises that Responsible Tourism takes a variety of forms, it is characterised by travel and tourism which:

• minimizes negative economic, environmental, and social impacts;
• generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities, improves working conditions and access to the industry;
• involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances;
• makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to the maintenance of the world’s diversity;
• provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues;
• provides access for physically challenged people; and
• is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.

See also our responsible travel tips