Any large influx of people to a particular place has a significant effect on its populations, its natural and build environment, its infrastructure and services -and through the creation of tourism attractions and venues- its cultural and national identity.Sharon Bohn Gmelch
Tourism is a way to see the world, meet new people, and create more experiences. Through education and mindful participation, we believe that tourism can be carried out in a more informed and enriching manner, and be used as a tool for environmental protection, social well being, and inclusive economic growth.
The principles of Responsible Tourism were established by the Cape Town Declaration of 2002, which states the tenants of Responsible Tourism:
• Minimizes the negative economic, social and environmental impact of tourism;
• Generates greater economic benefits for the local people and improves the welfare of the host communities;
• Involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and opportunities;
• Makes positive contributions to the conservation of the cultural and natural heritage and to the maintenance of the diversity of the world;
• Provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through meaningful connections with local people, and a broader understanding of the local culture and its environmental and social problems;
• Provides access for physically challenged people; and • Is culturally sensitive, fostering respect among tourists and hosts, building pride and confidence in the local community.