As per the Cape Town Declaration, Responsible Tourism (RT) can take many forms, some of which are listed below:
- RT generates economic benefits for local people and enhances the wellbeing of host communities, by improving working conditions
- RT provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through meaningful connections with local people. RT allows for a greater understanding of local cultural and environmental issues.
- RT helps to reduce poverty by involving local people in decisions that affect their lives
- RT is culturally sensitive and engenders respect between tourists and farmers.
Other things you should know about tourism:
- Tourism has the potential to ensuring the biggest transfer of wealth from the rich to the poor countries.
- Tourism is the largest provider of foreign currency in less developed countries
- Tourism boosts private sector entrepreneurship where the majority of jobs are created in the small & medium sized enterprises in rural areas
- Tourism is consumed at the place of production; so local people have easier market access than in other enterprises, and therefore, have a greater chance of benefiting directly.
- Tourism is labour intensive and allows the creation of a multitude of jobs for women, disadvantaged and youth.
- Tourism can help prevent rural exodus, encourage cultural heritage and revive pride in local traditions and customs.