“The United Nations World Tourism Organisation defines sustainable tourism as tourism that meets the needs of present tourists and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunity for future generations.”
About (sustainable) tourism
Tourism is one on the biggest and most important industries in the world. One in eleven jobs globally are in the tourism industry, representing 10% of the world GDP and acting as the largest export category in many developing countries. These are just a few numbers to underline the importance of tourism itself. With an annual increase in international tourist arrival of 4% since 2009, the momentum is now to transform the tourism sector into a sustainably driven business.
As the United Nations declared 2017 as the international year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the industry is already making steps to transform the market. Meanwhile, it is up to us travellers to support this by making responsible choices ourselves. No matter where you are from, we have one thing in common: we love our planet. Let’s take action together to both enjoy and protect our planet.
So how to act as a responsible tourist? Usually wen travelling I use the guidelines below in order to make the right choices:
- Look for hotels and resort that support the local community and that put effort in exploring their hotel in a eco-responsible way;
- Limit your transport;
- Compensate CO2 for your travels;
- Limit your waste by bringing you own water bottle;
- Make responsible food choices with limited meat, animal-based products and (conflicted) palm oil;
- Don’t visit animal entertainment such as elephant shows and dolphinariums;
- Make responsible food choices with limited meat and animal-based products;
- Use environmentally cosmetics such as plastic-free sunscreen and non-toxic repellent;
- Contribute to wildlife conservation by visiting national park;
- Make sure to buy responsible souvenirs.