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Summer is here and many people are beginning to weigh up the pros and cons of destinations where they can pass the holidays. Beach? Mountains? City? Countryside? The perfect moment to discuss sustainable tourism.
So, in this article, we present you with some reflections on the importance to the planet of responsible tourism and leave you with some tips that will make it easier to practice it.
What is sustainable tourism according to the WTO?
Before we begin, let’s define what sustainable tourism is according to the World Tourism Organization (WTO). Sustainable tourism is “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities”. As such, sustainable tourism should use environmental resources responsibly, respect the sociocultural authenticity of host communities and assure that the socioeconomic benefits are fairly distributed.
The recent mass tourism trend, where hordes of people can travel and visit spectacular destinations, has its advantages, but also many inconveniences. Some countries have increased revenues due to tourism consumption. But mass tourism also cause inequalities and environmental damage. Find out more in this article.
Sustainable tourism against overtourism
Tourism has increased so much in recent years that it is not unusual in many cities to see large crowds of people in front of an historic monument or incredibly long queues at the doors of a museum. Some cities have had to act in this respect and are approving measures to mitigate the conflict between overtourism and sustainable development. You will find some examples to reduce overtourism effects in this article.
The musts of sustainable tourism
Travelling is without doubt a stimulating opportunity to open the mind and helps us to embrace the uniqueness of every community and culture. It is vital we do so fully aware that every one of our actions has consequences and that, without realizing it, we can leave an indelible scar wherever we tread. In this article, we share some tips on how to practice sustainable tourism and avoid destructive tourism.
Destinations supporting sustainability
If you still haven’t decided where to go on holiday this summer, perfect! Let us suggest a few ideas for sustainable tourism so that you enjoy, learn, get to know new cultures and, most importantly, the planet doesn’t suffer for it! Ten sustainable cities you wouldn’t necessarily have thought of as holiday destinations, but which have made a big effort in recent years for sustainable development.
Sustainability on two wheels
If you want to go further in your commitment to sustainable tourism and are thinking of travelling in ways that do not release a single particle to the atmosphere, then great! Here we describe some cycle routes you can find in different parts of the world.