What is sustainable tourism?

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One of the best definitions of sustainable tourism is that written by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, which addresses what sustainable tourism actually should be doing.


Sustainable tourism should

  1. Make optimal use of environmental resources that constitute a key element in tourism development, maintaining essential ecological processes and helping to conserve natural heritage and biodiversity.
  2. Respect the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities, conserve their built and living cultural heritage and traditional values, and contribute to inter-cultural understanding and tolerance.
  3. Ensure viable, long-term economic operations, providing socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders that are fairly distributed, including stable employment and income-earning opportunities and social services to host communities, which contribute to poverty alleviation in those areas.

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