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Responsible tourism supports cultural and environmental protection, equitable benefit sharing and the alleviation of poverty.

Specifically, responsible tourism:

  • Minimizes negative economic, environmental and social impacts
  • Generates greater 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 decisions that affect their lives and life chances
  • Makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to the maintenance of the world’s biodiversity
  • Provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues
  • Provides access for physically challenged people; and
  • Is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.

(Centre for Responsible Tourism)

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