What's the Definition of Responsible Tourism?

By eightyflavors | Oct 19, 2020

Responsible tourism is any form of travel done in a more responsible and mindful way. According to the Cape Town Declaration (signed in 2002 and we still haven't learned…), responsible tourism:

  • minimizes negative social, economic and environmental impact
  • generates 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 decision making
  • provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues
  • is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence
  • makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage.

Clearly, the emerging ‘eco' or ‘green' travel market is increasingly difficult to navigate. Fortunately, most of the genuine environmentally-friendly and otherwise sustainable travel providers have all the information clearly laid out on their websites which makes it easier to learn about the concrete measures they are taking to conserve natural resources, protect plants and wildlife, and contribute to the well-being of local communities.

Sign encouraging responsible tourism, Arenal, Costa Rica.

Sign encouraging responsible tourism, Arenal, Costa Rica.

Do not be afraid to ask questions and raise objections — it is the most direct and effective way to let all agents involved know that we care!

Make sure you do your homework. Choose your travel agent / airline / accommodation wisely. And do not be afraid to ask questions and raise objections — it's the most direct and effective way to let all agents involved know that we care!

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Hi! I'm Gaby, the creator of Around the World in 80 Flavors, and I'm here to help you make the most of every meal on every trip. Mixing street food with gourmet. Local flavors only. No meat. Traveling responsibly. I've eaten in 60+ countries and lived in 6. Burrito is my spirit animal!

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