What does Responsible tourism mean?
The primary feature of responsible tourism is the awareness, both of ourselves and of our actions, which include buying (for example a card, a present or to rent a room); our impact (socially, culturally, economically and environmentally) on the destination countries; the possibility of a considered, thus different, choice. Responsible travel means travelling ethically and thoughtfully, respecting the country, people and environment of destination. It is about avoiding destruction and exploitation, carrying the universal principles of equity, sustainability and tolerance.
The responsible traveller is someone who:
- has a genuine interest in sharing the various day life aspects with the native population and doesn’t expect privileges or practises that may have a negative impact;
- doesn’t show off wealth and money that may offend the local population;
- asks people their permission before taking photos and videos;
- doesn’t behave in an offensive way towards local costumes;
- is interested in local products and services which are expression of the local culture and identity;
- is respectful of the local environment and of the historical and cultural heritage.