Sustainable Tourism minimizes impacts on the environment, respects local people and cultures, and offers economic benefits to local businesses and communities.
Two other names you'll often hear are ecotourism and responsible tourism, but all forms of tourism can strive to be more sustainable.
- Ecotourism is defined as responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and sustains the well-being of local people.
- Responsible Tourism is defined as travel that respects the host country, its history, its environment and its cultural resources.
- Community-based tourism allows travelers to spend time in local communities, learn about local ways of living, environmental resources and cultures. Communities have worked around the world to ensure that this type of tourism is beneficial to them, promotes community pride, improves the quality of life for local families and fosters respect of local world views. It is managed and/or owned by community associations, cooperatives or some other management structure that allows for full participation of its members.