Responsible Tourism
Responsible Tourism is an approach, not a product.

As per the Cape Town Declaration, Responsible Tourism (RT) can take many forms, some of which are listed below:

  1. RT generates economic benefits for local people and enhances the wellbeing of host communities, by improving working conditions
  2. 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.
  3. RT helps to reduce poverty by involving local people in decisions that affect their lives
  4. RT is culturally sensitive and engenders respect between tourists and farmers.

 

Other things you should know about tourism:

  1. Tourism has the potential to ensuring the biggest transfer of wealth from the rich to the poor countries.
  2. Tourism is the largest provider of foreign currency in less developed countries
  3. Tourism boosts private sector entrepreneurship where the majority of jobs are created in the small & medium sized enterprises in rural areas
  4. 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.
  5. Tourism is labour intensive and allows the creation of a multitude of jobs for women, disadvantaged and youth.
  6. Tourism can help prevent rural exodus, encourage cultural heritage and revive pride in local traditions and customs.

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