Tourism should be a force for good that minimises negative effects upon the environment, and uses income from tourism to protect and preserve both precious natural resources and local traditions and culture.
With volunteering overseas on development projects rapidly growing in popularity and increasing numbers of adventure tour operators offering ‘voluntourism’ packages, serious questions have arisen about how some such projects are managed and how the benefits are being shared.
In January 2011, a group of European volunteer designers began working with local craftspeople in southern Gambia to help them develop products to sell to tourists. The team developed a showcase of the products at Sandele Eco Resort to enable the producers to market their new product range.
All-inclusives remain all-exclusive. The case for and against all inclusive holidays. Are they "responsible"? This article discusses the pro's and con's. http://www.tourismconcern.org.uk/all-inclusive-holidays---excluding-local-people.html
Save Water. We make nearly 1 billion international trips each year. Imagine if we reduced our water consumption by just 5 litres... we would save enough water to meet the basic daily water needs of 50 million people! Re-use towels and sheets. Take a shower. Turn off the tap. Don't flush the toilet as much. Don't overfill kettles and pans.
Community tours in Thailand. Community tours are designed to introduce tourists to the daily lives of the villagers, as well as their unique customs and traditions. They benefit over three hundred local families, both economically and socially. 10% of income from the tours also goes into Tourism Community Funds which support a range of local community and environmental projects.
The Beach Operators project in Sri Lanka works towards minimising hassle for tourists and creating opportunities for local communities to make a living from tourism, by providing quality services to tourists. Thanks to training, the men are proud to be known as 'beach operators' and are using their newly acquired skills to provide a valued service to holidaymakers.
Natanna is going to school, because visitors are taking a new sustainable excursion to Enkerari village in the Maasai Mara. Income is being used for education, as well as basic sanitation and running water. It’s making an amazing difference to their lives ... and giving visitors an experience of a lifetime!
Gambian lady and tourist in Jufureh. The Gambia is very popular with UK holidaymakers. The majority visit for winter sun, bird-watching and excursions, as well as the nightlife around the tourist resorts.