Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable Tourism
Sustainable Tourism

Tourism growth is driven by emerging markets and developing economies. The industry provides direct and indirect employment opportunities to people from diverse educational backgrounds. However, in spite of the benefits it can bring, tourism can also have negative environmental and social impacts, often felt first by local communities. Economic damage to small countries with economies based on tourism can be severe when tourism slows down or stops for whatever reason. Fortunately, tourists as well as operators, investors and destinations are increasingly pursuing the Responsible Tourism approach to the management of tourism which is aimed at maximising economic, social and environmental benefits while minimising negative impact on the destination. EcoAfrica has vast experience in responsible tourism development and other sustainable tourism-related expertise, from the local community to inter-country level.

Our expertise includes:

  • Identification of tourism development options
  • Tourism feasibility studies
  • Tourism development plans
  • Planning of tourism routes
  • Marketing of tourism products, services and routes
  • Environmental management plans for tourism
  • Development of cultural and heritage tourism
Responsible Tourism is about the legacy and the consequences of tourism – for the environment, local people and local economies.
Responsible Tourism has the same overall aim as sustainable tourism, but places more emphasis on the role of the promoter, developer and operators. Responsible Tourism development involves local people in decisions that affect their lives. It makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage and to the maintenance of the world's diversity. Responsible tourism also provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues. It minimises negative economic, environmental and social impacts. Responsible tourism is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.