Responsible Tourism

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Paddling with Sealand and Trek  Thailand

© Sealand and Trek

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.

As defined by the Cape Town Declaration (2002) developed in a participative way by the International Center for Responsible Tourism


  1. Congratulations on promoting Responsible Travel and supporting tourism initiatives that help local communities. I look forward to visiting some of them on a Responsible Travel experience I am organizing to Laos in October next year.
    Rhonda Sutton

  2. Dear Naut

    please go on the website where you’ll find all relevant information and explanations. In the case you ‘d you need more please contact me directly.
    What I woudl need is support from the Dutch government to translate the site into Dutch. best wishes

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