is about providing more rewarding holiday experiences for our guests
whilst enabling local communities to enjoy a better quality of life and
conserving the natural
Responsible Tourism has three
pillars of sustainable development
3. the environment
Tourists themselves want to learn about the host country, reduce
environmental impact and meet local people at their visiting
environmental practice has not only benefits by
reducing energy, water,and waste, but it also improves the quality of a
tourism operation’s surroundings, enhancing the overall
experience for the guests. Local
communities are involved in tourism to perceive its benefits for a
economic growth and create jobs. Supporting local economic
growth is therefore key to long-term success.
Product Development •
Provide visits to local places of interest, such as shebeens,
restaurants and homes.
Market local festivals and visits to
nearby markets. Offer guests traditional food,
cultural events and opportunities to buy
locally made arts and crafts. •
Let local craft producers know about the range, size, weight and style
of crafts that
would be attractive to the visitors.
Provide craft suppliers with feedback from clients.
major points are summarised below. • Reduce environmental
impacts when developing tourism. •
Use natural resources sustainably. •
Community Training and Capacity
Assist locals to prepare business plans and funding proposals. •
Link local communities and help with skills training and capacity
Help coordinate or fund training programmes to develop local business
a Local Tourism Culture •
Offer to provide tourism lectures at local schools. •
Invite local school children to visit tourism attractions •
Work with other tourism initiatives, to promote a tourism culture.
Negotiate with host communities the notice required for tourist visits,
what activities are acceptable
what size groups are suitable. Ask
whether it is
appropriate for tourists to visit people’s homes. •
Treat cultural heritage with dignity and respect. Inform guests about
local customs and traditions
appropriate behaviour. Ensure that tourists ask
permission to take
photographs or to videotape people.
Ensure that clients do not
damage or remove religious or cultural artefacts.
and Flora Conservation •
Support a local wildlife or nature conservation programme
funds. • Buy crafts that are
sustainably produced and avoid curios or
furniture made ofindigenous hardwoods. •
Be responsible in the use of wood for fires e.g. use wood
Our Responsible Tourism
Guidelines encourage Locals to grow their businesses whilst providing
social and economic benefits to local communities and respecting the
management and water treatment create a safer environment for staff and
communities, reducing illness and disease and enhancing quality of
life. Moreover, good environmental
practice translates into direct cost savings by reducing
waste disposal costs. In terms of the bottom line, goodenvironmental practice makes
perfect economic sense.
establishments that fail to protect their environmental surroundings
impact on the very
attractions on which most depend for success – clean air,
safe water and beautiful surroundings. Nature-based tourism operations
have a particular responsibility towards their naturalnvironment
in terms of
ensuring ecologically sensitive land and habitat management and conserving biodiversity.