Sustainable tourism is not just about being eco-friendly, it is about ensuring a long-term future for tourism based on partnership and community benefit.

Sustainable tourism refers to the types of trips in which the environmental, social and economic impacts of tourism are taken into account and in which appropriate adjustments are made to minimize these negative consequences. Consider the needs of travelers, but also the needs of host communities, local businesses, and the natural world.

This could mean adopting more sustainable transportation methods, staying in more environmentally friendly accommodation, eating locally and ethically sourced food, and avoiding harmful activities. Sustainable tourism can be related to leisure, business or event travel, but also travel to visit friends and family.

The beauty of the tourism sector is that it offers employment opportunities that do not necessarily require high qualifications. Qualification is relatively simple and cheap. Although it may seem like a utopia, we must aspire for the parties involved in tourism to get involved in transformation projects and use their knowledge and skills in hospitality to turn their own staff and communities into owners of the product.

 

Advantages for Africa:

keep an eye on wildlife
An important component of sustainable tourism is wildlife conservation and this is among the most important benefits associated with the practice. When decisions are made with the needs of local wildlife in mind, natural habitats are prevented from being destroyed and animals are allowed to thrive. Crucially, sustainable tourism also allows wild animals to remain in the wild, rather than being kept in captivity and used as a tourist attraction.

Protect the environment
Another key benefit of sustainable tourism is the focus on environmental protection. Sustainable hotels and other forms of accommodation will use eco-friendly materials and take steps to limit the amount of waste they produce or the amount of resources they use. Sustainable transport could mean renting a bike, instead of using a car. Meanwhile, sustainable restaurants will source food locally and may offer more vegetarian and vegan options.

Support the local population
When tourists make the conscious decision to use sustainable tourism companies, and when governments take steps to help those companies as well, everyone is contributing to the well-being of local people. Sustainable tourism can provide jobs for the local area, funding for local projects, and a stimulus for the local economy. By contrast, mass tourism, which is not focused on sustainability, is often more exploitative and may inadvertently harm local culture and indigenous peoples.