Wondering about the definition of responsible tourism? Keep reading to learn the meaning of responsible tourism, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!
What is Responsible Tourism?
Responsible tourism refers to travel that extends beyond being merely environmentally responsible, to being culturally-conscious and economically-aware, locally.
Travelers who want to do so “responsibly” make sure that their activities, decisions, accommodations, and transportation are the least damaging to the environment. These travelers are culturally-conscious by respecting local traditions, religion, language, and customs.
The economic awareness comes in when purchasing items or food from a local. Responsible travelers will pay a fair price for their products so as to lessen poverty, provide for the ethical treatment of these workers, and promote such environmentally sustainable practices, especially in developing regions (similar to Fair Trade).
More on Responsible Tourism
Sustainable tourism is sometimes used synonymously with responsible tourism, but it’s only just a part of it. Responsible tourism involves being conscious of more than simply the environment, but also the destination’s people, culture, religion, etc.
See also the definition of ethno-tourism.
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