How to implement successfully sustainable tourism strategies

Remember that sustainable tourism is a form of tourism that takes full responsibility for its current and future economic, social, and environmental impacts, by looking at the needs of visitors, the industry, environment, and host communities. Definitions of sustainable tourism typically emphasise the ecological, social and economic elements of tourism in order to achieve a ‘balanced’ or ‘wise’ use of natural resources.

Successful implementation of sustainable tourism requires, at a first approach, an effective definition of sustainability, and then, developing long-term collaborative initiatives between various stakeholders, so that commitment to monitoring the impacts of tourism. Vision, metrics and control are the keys.

Tourism operations should be planned, controlled and integrated with other economic, social and ecological activities within any community.

It may also be necessary to identify which principles of sustainability are pursued and will be achieved in each project through business management, community control, and which will be implemented at higher levels of government.

Green travel

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report in 2018 stating that the world has just over a decade to restrict global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, beyond which the risk of floods, droughts and extreme heat will significantly worsen. With a growing awareness of climate change people are becoming more environmentally conscious. According to the source, in 2021,

Mr Jose Manuel Delgado and Mr Hector De Castro. Photo by LUSH assoc., 2022

83 percent of travelers worldwide believe that sustainable travel is important.