Responsible Tourism

Responsible tourism is a new concept in the tourism industry. This concept was developed by Jost Krippendorf in the 1980’s. His aim was to “to develop and promote new forms of tourism, which will bring the greatest possible benefit to all the participants – travelers, the host population and the tourist business, without causing intolerable ecological and social damage.”

Responsible tourism can be defined as ” tourism which creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit”. Some of the main objectives of Responsible tourism are as follows:The original source

1.To respect local cultures – traditions, religions and built heritage.

  1. To protect the environment – its flora, fauna and landscapes.
  2. To conserve natural resources – from source to destination.
  3. To benefit local communities – both economically and socially.
  4. To minimize pollution – through noise, waste disposal and congestion.

In a nut shell, Responsible tourism is that form of tourism in which initiatives and responsibilities are taken by both the tourists and the travel agencies to maximize the positive impacts and minimize the negative impacts on environment, traditions and cultural heritage of the region.

Responsible Tourism is rapidly growing global trend. Some of the nations like South Africa, the United Kingdom, United States, the Gambia, Sri Lanka and India are already practicing Responsible Tourism and gradually other nations are also following the ideologies of these countries.