Responsible Tourism


What is responsible tourism?

The Cape Town Declaration recognizes that Responsible Tourism takes a variety of forms, it is characterized by travel and tourism which:

  • minimizes negative economic, environmental and social impact
  • generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities, improves working conditions and access to the industry
  • involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life changes
  • makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to the maintenance of the world’s diversity
  • provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues
  • provide access for people with disabilities and the disadvantaged
    *is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence

Behavior can be more or less responsible and what is responsible in a particular place depends upon environment and culture.



Monkeys' happy hour
during a guided walk

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