Key drivers of responsible tourism

The realization of turning the world into a better place is the underlying motivating factor in responsible tourism. This positive line of thought that inspires the tourists and the hosts to create a favorable realm of interaction is the key driver to responsible tourism.

Reckless attitude shown by the tourists and an equally harmful retaliation by the local community barbed with hostility is destructive. It is detrimental to the tourism industry. A little foresight and a progressive frame of mind of the guest and host dismiss all the mistrusts and cultural chasm that may exist. A show of accountability, constructive visions and intercultural harmony would bring in tons of benefit to all associated and affected by the business of tourism. The stake holders clearly start to envisage the huge scale of all round progress arising out of behaving in a more responsible manner when he becomes a party to the cycle in which tourism industry operates. Thus, the seeds of responsible tourism are planted.

Responsible tourism is a saleable product, but its perpetual character is what that drives consumers towards being more accountable while doing a tour. The character of destination shifts as its location shifts in terms of the relative global coordinates. However, the essential factor that makes us stop and think is its permanence. More responsible we become as a tourist more is the chance of survival for a destination attracting tourists for ages to come.

Whether our exploring ground is set amid a jungle, in a historical site dotted with heritage monuments, in an ocean cruise or by the sea beach, it is always nice to think what is laid before your gratifying eyes should enchant your posterity as well. The propensity of the tourist for responsible tourism is built out of a drive to help sustain the social, cultural, ecological, economic and environmental vibes of a destination. However, this attitude of accountability does not pop up overnight.

It is the fruit of education and the training process the tourist has been through over years of sincere and concerted efforts given by the ministry of tourism, tour operators and local guides in turning the crude bunch of merrymaking visitors into a new brand of tourist whose mind is focused on the objectives of travel responsibility and bringing in an all round progress to the visited site and its people and all the stakeholders connected directly or indirectly with the tourism business.

A strong desire to consume local products is quite often prevalent in a sample survey on tourist behavior. Beautifully crafted local masks, woodcrafts, authentic garments woven locally employing indigenous weaving kits, local chocolates and beverages have always fascinated tourists who arrive from an alien culture. It is not always the quality of the product or the champion brand that appeals. It is the very sight of the products or its flavor back home that turns you a bit nostalgic.

As for example, sipping over a cup of Assam tea gives you a close eyed pleasant flash back of this beautiful stretch of land located in the eastern fringes of India. Tourist consumption shoots, and the economic graph of the region sees a steady rise. The local producers are inspired to go for more of quality product. The impetus is certainly the flow of money involved. The tourist besides being charmed by the panoramic wonders has his cup of satisfaction as an added bonus.

Large industrial organizations have extended their full support towards making a destination beep with pride and glory in the global ranking. Profit motive is certainly the driving factor, but these syndicates are not blind to the correlation that exists between the tourist and the environment. Their responsibility towards nature and the means through which they deliver it also find equal importance. Many hotels have clearly defined policy laid out as strictures on responsible tourism for the tourists to read out and follow. The transportation industry has shown enthusiastic response as well. There are countless examples of the tourist busses slapping a penalty on a smoking passenger.

The transport industry has installed specially designed vehicle tires to generate minimum resonance to avoid the harmful impact of sound pollution specially when plying through safari parks and wildlife habitats. For the same reason, they have put casing of muffler to stop ejection of pollutants and burnt fuel from the vehicle exhaust pipes. These little measures exercised with discipline would be a great educative exposure to the tourist that makes him aware of the peril that could harm the environment if acted in an irresponsible manner while on a fun trip. These bits of edification and live demonstration by experienced guides and eventually support from industries are certain powerful driving forces that would make the tourists appreciate the need for responsible tourism.

As the tourists visit their selected destination, they look for infrastructures and facilities that would answer their needs while on tour. Tourist information bureaus have come up in places to provide the tourists with the information he needs. New job opportunities have been created. The need for experienced, sober and qualified tour guides has been on the rise as is the need to have more and more qualified room attendants, butlers and chefs who are just the masters in their own trade in their own special way. This added surge in the demand and supply of quality manpower in the field of tourism has become a key driver making the stake holders more target oriented so far as responsible tourism goes.

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Dr Prem Jagyasi and Team (C)

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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