Responsible tourism is widespread now, and with the increasing concern about global warming, natural disasters, global political and economic instability lurking behind a deceptively calm façade, tourists have been giving a serious deliberation in this area. Quickly realizing its enormous potential, countries have come up with all marketing efforts to make responsible tourism even more attractive to ensure a steady flow of tourist dough into the exchequer. These countries in addition to offering a tourist oriented and eco-friendly cozy stay at some of their terrific accommodations inspire their boarders and cultivate into them the concept of the responsible tourism. The enlightened tourist now doesn’t think much about tourism overlooking the elements of responsibility and sustainability.
Some of the countries moving ahead in responsible tourism are enlisted below:
This beautiful wildlife country has brought about innovative additions in hotels and lodges and turned them to more environment friendly accommodations. Posts have been created to induct environment officers who would effectively handle environment related issues. Hotels have installed organic cleansing plants. Consequently, the waste water doesn’t collect into ocean polluting the marine world. The installation drains waste water from the living rooms, kitchens, toilets and washers through a bed of natural filters and eventually percolates into the soil below. A complete recycle system collects non biodegradable wastes like poly-packs, which are sent to the agents for further synthesis. Tourists are not allowed to dump garbage on sea shores.
Hotels together with the tourism department have launched a whole hearted drive towards preservation of Kenya’s 1420 km coastline against erosion and litter spillage. The beauty of nature has been judiciously marketed and exploitation harnessed. There are enormous stretches of mangrove swamps, sea meadows and coral reefs to stun the viewer. The wonderful mix of flora and fauna arrests the tourists’ attention. The department of tourism encourages a consortium of efforts from the tourists, locals, neighboring business and the ministry itself to seek an answer to the issues threatening the local culture and ecology.
Efforts have been in progress to exploit Africa’s natural resources in a carefully controlled way to mitigate local wealth deficiency. Almost 60% of annual tourist visit to Kenya that touches over a million every year can be analytically attributed to responsible tourism. This has absorbed around 10% of Kenya’s total work force into new jobs created on the platform of responsible tourism.
Thailand is a breathtaking nation, which has been under the monarchial rule, and the concept of leading a moderate life is inculcated among people from the king’s court itself. May be the Buddhist philosophy has taught the people to lead a controlled frugal life refraining from the elements of voracity and abuse of natural reserves.
The Thai ministry of tourism has comprehended that efforts leading to conservation of natural wealth and ecology, preservation of flora and fauna and upholding the cultural riches would culminate in socio economic progress. With the financial support from the Asian Development Bank, a policy was drawn up to put the dream of environmental sustenance showcasing cultural wealth before the foreigners encouraging responsible tourism among them.
The prime object of the policy was to encourage minimization of destructive impact of tourism on the environment and culture, uphold the values of ecology conservation and enhance the economy of the tourist spots by contributions drawn from the tourists and all the stakeholders of tourism.
Thailand’s responsible tourism promotional efforts further received a moral boost from its ambassador Mr Hanns Schumacher back in 2009 who observed that the financial implication of ecological damage is several times more than the expenses necessary to prevent the damage. Time, money and efforts spent on nature friendly tourism would go a long way in creating a market in the tourism sector particular where all are egged on to be a little more responsible towards the environment and little more respectful towards culture.
This tiny island of the European Union located on the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea is a piece of beauty afloat on the blue waters. Its culture and heritage is rich and features in history. The ministry of tourism and the tour operators here focus on the most important buzzword that is currently sweeping the tourism industry that is responsible tourism.
Tourists are encouraged to tie up a relationship with the immense beauty of the island and acquire a deep knowledge into the island’s rich past. Cyprus has featured time and again in Greek mythology, and as far as the legend goes this is the birth place of Greek deity Aphrodite, the goddess of youth and beauty.
This island also features some of the world’s most ancient water wells bored into soil. Rich deposits of copper ore have made this island nation well known globally. A true atmosphere looms in the island that fosters a spirit of environmental and economical perpetuation and endorsement.
The promotional effort is little off the beat as exemplified here. An exclusive story competition is held annually where writers are encouraged to portray their experiences of responsible tourism. These stories are showcased in travel trade shows instilling further inspiration to travel enthusiasts for responsible tourism. The plot theme includes the narrator’s contribution towards protecting a rare wild life species from getting eradicated.
Instances where you have cheered on the local people to display their artistic talent and cultural wealth are exhibited. In a nutshell, the story should employ tourism as a tool for bringing in benefit to the ecology and people who come in contact during the trip.
The Italians are very passionate about their beautiful country which has perhaps touched the pinnacle of art, culture, history and heritage, and they expect the visitors to their country would carry same regards for its marvels and contribute towards upgrading the country’s natural and cultural prosperity.
The tourism policy in Italy promotes positive impact on whatever the outside visitor lays hand on be it environmental, art and cultural, material and immaterial resources that make up the core strength of Italian tourism bastion.