Responsible Tourism is a relatively new concept that has gained prominence in a short time. Participants of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in 1999 acknowledged the importance of economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable development in order to preserve the interests of indigenous peoples and their communities. The tourism industry swiftly came forward to consider those needs through a sustainable approach in tourism. It was the 2002 Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism that took the initial steps.
What is Responsible Tourism?
In simple terms, responsible tourism intends to create "better places for people to live in, and better places to visit". The management of tourism and the related activities with an aim of maximising not just economic but also social and environmental benefits at the same time minimising the negative costs in the destinations is responsible tourism. There are three major objectives of responsible tourism:
The tourism sector of a country, the communities of the destinations and the government join hands to achieve sustainable tourism development that is eventually also responsible tourism.
How does Access Nepal support Responsible Tourism?
Access Nepal understands the need for everyone involved in the tourism sector to support the principles of responsible tourism. We are culturally sensitive. We believe in fostering respect between tourists and hosts. We have adopted responsible tourism policy and have a clearly defined action plan. The plan is to ensure that Access Nepal never stays true on its commitment towards the community and people we work with. We strictly base our services around the economic, environmental and social principles of responsible tourism. We are committed to the following causes: