Responsible tourism

Photograph of world in hands

This is any form of tourism that is conducted in a more responsible manner.

Tourists will do their best to minimise any negative social, environmental or economic impacts on the local people and will aim to enhance any community that they come into contact with.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has prepared a special booklet called ‘Tips for a responsible traveller’.

This booklet emphasises the point that travellers should ensure that travel is as rewarding and gratifying for the traveler and for the people they meet and the places they visit.

  1. Honour your hosts and our common heritage: Make sure that you know local customs, traditions, social conditions and try to use the local language. Make sure you have permission before taking photos.
  2. Protect our planet: Be a guardian of natural resources, respect wildlife by not using products that might endanger plants or animals. Only visit places open to visitors and avoid protected areas, leaving as small a carbon footprint as possible.
  3. Support the local economy: Buy locally-made goods and pay a fair price, make sure that all products are acceptable within national and international law. Use local guides who have an in-depth knowledge of the area.
  4. Be an informed traveller: Make sure that you take the right health and safety precautions on your trip, know how to access medical care and choose tour operators with a proven track record in sustainability and community projects.
  5. Be a respectful traveller: Observe all national laws and regulations, ensuring that you respect human rights. Refrain from giving money to people who beg on the streets but support local community projects. Take photos instead of bringing cherished cultural objects home.