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Best practices in sustainable tourism

To make sustainable tourism realize its dream, certain practices need to be followed by the users having an impact on global tourism. An organization exists, known as the Global sustainable tourism council, which attempts to promote the spirit of sustainable tourism highlighting its imperative necessity. The core policies and principles of this council on which it operates has certain underlying sustainable tourism criteria.

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To execute the best practices of sustainable tourism, these criteria need to be met. The entire concept is aimed at sustaining the ecological equilibrium and development of the environment comprising of all its living and inanimate elements, the flora and fauna and the natural land features and water bodies. Best practices emphasize the importance of social, cultural and economic lift of the destination to make sustainable tourism a reality. Participation by all the stake holders is a basic criterion for the concept of sustainable tourism to see the day of light! The local business circuit, hotels, resorts, home stay luxury accommodations, restaurants and eateries, transportation network, local industries, ministry of tourism and culture, local administration and the residents inhabiting the place need to do their bit with the tourists occupying the pivotal point and perhaps the most important stakeholder in the hierarchy of components entrusted with the smooth and balanced delivery of best practices of sustainable tourism. Realization of the importance of sustainable tourism is the initial and the most important stage. Resource mobilization and management through proper administrative control and finally equitable and judicious distribution of resources completes the process with the eventual follow up.

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The best practices of sustainable tourism should initiate installation of control points at strategic locations to see that the objective of money pouring in from the tourists finds a fair and well thought-out channel of allocation. Seepage in the pipeline should be plugged in to guarantee that the intermediaries do not stand to make off with a sizeable chunk leaving the right people and right destinations badly needing up gradation deprived and cheated. Proper assessment and efficiency audit is a long felt need with an appropriate internal control system. Stringent legal measures need to be set rolling to deal with the tourists’ unethical activities towards tour destination whether it involves the natural environment or the social, cultural and the economic vibes of that particular place. Environment sustenance awareness units to be established in specific tour destinations vulnerable to damages induced by the presence and actions of careless tourists. Tourists need to be educated on his duties and responsibilities towards nature. Audio visual aids and documentary films may act as an effective media in this respect.

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Tree plantation program is an effective way of propagating and encouraging the need to generate more greenery. This is essential to fix the stability of soil, water bodies and atmosphere. More trees would mean cleaner air and this would again mean a healthier life. The best practices of sustainable tourism are fundamentally aimed at conservation of ecosystem and poverty reduction. The idea is to inculcate the need for sustainable tourism so as to elevate its market demand. This target is met through a set of assorted programs such as: a) Setting up global benchmarks and establishing targets that are recognized and approved by global sustainable tourism council. b) Destination warden ship where the local bodies, government machineries and NGOs take a combined drive for the growth of cultural, economic, environmental and aesthetic profile of a region worthy of a great tourist appeal. c) Educating the tourists and stake holders on the importance of sustainable tourism with the aid of resource centers having an inventory of information on the best sustainable tourism practices. d) Launching endorsed programs assessed by recognized institutions to certify and find out whether the practices are in compliance with the international norms. Practices of sustainable tourism can shape the future of the tour destinations. Else the concept of sustainable tourism would just be a wishful thinking never to be realized in the practical world of tourism where tourists and destinations interact.

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