In recent years, the term “sustainable” has increasingly gotten paired up with other words, such as “tourism” and “travel,” to refer to a specific way of operating while traveling. Tour companies around the world want to be “sustainable,” hotels want to be “sustainable,” and travelers have been progressively concerned with ensuring they only spend their hard-earned cash on “sustainable” ventures.
Why has this movement picked up speed so fast?
Well, it’s because multiple studies have proved that all tourism has an impact on communities, and it’s our responsibility as travelers to minimize the negative impacts (or eliminate them altogether) and boost only the positive.
With that in mind, when it comes to sustainable travel and tourism, there are three main pillars that you’ll need to consider, and these are the ones we’ll be looking at in today’s detailed guide. Your expeditions around the world have to be sustainable in all three areas for you to be considered an indeed “sustainable tourist.”
Without further ado, let us skip to the main section of the post and look at the first pillar.
The first pillar of sustainable travel revolves around, arguably, the most essential part of travel, i.e., the money. Most people I have come across do not take into account the economics when they are thinking about sustainable travel. If this sounds like you as well, then I’d like to let you know today that economics is the key to making any tourism business sustainable.
To further elaborate on economic sustainability, note that the category has all to do with reducing leakages and building linkages (essentially ensuring that most of the money we spend at travel destinations stays local.)
A company or hotel operated or owned by foreigners isn’t likely to contribute that much to a local economy since most of the money such businesses make will likely find themselves leaked overseas. This isn’t sustainable.
Not only should a travel destination’s community be part of the tourism, but they also ought to share in the financial benefits collected from it. To ensure you only pick hotels that value sustainable travel whenever you travel, use the search engine placed on the left side of our homepage.
As tourists start visiting an area, there are bound to be some cultural and social impacts of those travelers on the host community. Locals might start experiencing increased overcrowding and congestion in cities and towns, which might, in turn, result in the introduction of new values and languages, an influx of migrant labor force trying to get employed in the local tourist industry, and at times even an increase in crime.
As such, socio-cultural sustainability is all about minimizing these adverse effects and focusing on improving the more positive ones. Some of the positive effects might include preserving local traditions and promoting cultural exchange.
One of the best ways to do this is to start involving the locals in the tourism industry. This will not only offer locals more genuine experiences, but all the locals are more likely to start seeing tourism in a positive light as they will be proud of it.
The environment is, without a doubt, one of the most important aspects of tourism. Both the built environment (including ruins and historic buildings) and natural environments (such as waterways, forests, and beaches.)
Environmental sustainability refers to ensuring that resources in a community (whether natural or built) have been preserved for enjoyment by future generations as well. It is way more than just being green.
So why should you care about sustainable tourism? Well, I think that the most obvious reply is that sustainable tourism benefits all parties involved and not just a half of the equation. I understand that unsustainable tourism may seem “not so significant” from a tourist’s perspective, but it can be very detrimental to the lifestyle of the locals.
To Be Better.