SUSTAINABLE TOURISM | DEFINITIONS
There are many definitions, sustainable, responsible, eco, voluntourism, geotourism etc... below are a few definitions to guide you.
"Sustainable tourism development requires theinformed participation of all relevant stakeholders, as well as strong political leadership to ensure wide participation and consensus building. Achieving sustainable tourism is a continuous process and it requires constant monitoring of impacts, introducing the necessary preventive and/or corrective measures whenever necessary.
Responsible tourism is like sustainable tourism, however as often the word sustainability is often overused and not understood, responsible tourism has been adopted as a term used by industry
Responsible tourism is any form of tourism that can be consumed in a more responsible way.
"Responsible tourism is tourism which:
Ecotourism is a form of sustainable tourism - all forms of tourism can become more sustainable but not all forms of tourism can be ecotourism
"Ecotourism is environmentally responsible travel and visitation to relatively undisturbed natural areas, in order to enjoy, study and appreciate nature (and any accompanying cultural features - both past and present), that promotes conservation, has low visitor impact, and provides for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local populations"
Geotourism is very similar to sustainable tourism and is a definition brought about by National Geographic Traveller...
Voluntourism is a form of travel where one volunteers on projects which give back to the community.
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