RESPONSIBLE TOURISM – AN ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL PHENOMENON
Over the decades, tourism has experienced continued growth and deepening diversification to become one of the fastest-growing economic sectors in the world. Modern tourism is closely linked to development and encompasses a growing number of new destinations. These dynamics have turned tourism into a key driver for socio-economic progress.
Today, the business volume of tourism equals or even surpasses that of oil exports, food products, or automobiles. Tourism has become one of the major players in international commerce and represents at the same time one of the main income sources for many developing countries. This growth goes hand in hand with increasing diversification and competition among destinations.
This international spread of tourism in industrialized and developed states has produced economic and employment benefits in many related sectors – from construction to agriculture or telecommunications.
The contribution of tourism to economic well-being depends on the quality and the revenues of the tourism offer. NTP assists destinations in their sustainable positioning in ever more complex national and international markets.
THERE ARE FEW KEY BENEFITS OF RESPONSIBLE TOURISM IN ANY COUNTRY & NBSP:
Tourism can provide direct jobs to the community, such as tour guides or hotel housekeeping. Indirect employment is generated through other industries such as agriculture, food production, and retail.
Visitors’ expenditure generates income for the local community and can lead to the alleviation of poverty in countries that are heavily reliant on tourism.
Economic diversification is important to areas where there may be a concentration of environmentally damaging industries such as mining or manufacturing.
Infrastructure development such as airports, roads, schools, hospitals, and retail areas have the potential to benefit the local community and can aid economic development by allowing more trade and a better flow of goods and services.
|SOCIAL BENEFITS||ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS|
|Tourism can bring about a real sense of pride and identity to communities. By showcasing distinct characteristics of their ways of life, history, and culture, tourism can encourage the preservation of traditions that may be at risk.||Tourism provides financial support for the conservation of ecosystems and natural resource management, making the destination more authentic and desirable to visitors. It also adds more value to the local tourism business.|