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Responsible Tourism and Maintenance of Tourist Attractions

The importance of the tourism industry is manifold. It provides an avenue for leisure and business, besides opening up a diverse range of possibilities for both travelers and local ...

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The importance of the tourism industry is manifold. It provides an avenue for leisure and business, besides opening up a diverse range of possibilities for both travelers and local residents. From witnessing a place’s grandeur and its history to working for one’s passions to pursuing one’s interests to earning a livelihood through various activities, tourism presents itself as an important industry in several ways. Tourist attractions are landmarks of historical, cultural and environmental significance. These landmarks are a reminder of a place’s heritage or its natural beauty. While we all cherish and love to experience this, often we forget to treat these places with respect and contribute towards their maintenance.

It need not be emphasized that activities such as scratching or writing names on monument walls and on trees, indiscriminate and reckless disposal of plastic and other waste, public urination and spitting not only reduce the beauty of a place but also adds a certain shabbiness to the place; and this is prominently visible across the many popular tourist sites of our country.

It is important that we recognize these places as our own and not limit ourselves to being a ‘visitor’ alone. Responsible tourism has become an urgent need, especially since much damage has already been done. Our behavior should not destroy the beauty and sanctity of any place but rather add to it. When we acknowledge responsibility and join the efforts that are being made to repair and preserve, we make a positive impact towards minimizing damage and expanding the lifespan of our planet and the continuation of its ecological, cultural, historical & anthropological beauty.

MyGov Arunachal Pradesh invites you to share your ideas about responsible tourism and what are some of the things that can be undertaken for encouraging responsible behavior at a personal and public level.

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Bhawna 2 weeks 4 days ago

Behaviour can be more or less responsible and what is responsible in a particular place depends upon environment and culture.

Responsible Tourism is not the same thing as sustainable tourism. Sustainability is the goal, a goal which can only be achieved by people taking responsibility, together with others, to achieve it. Responsible Tourism is about taking responsibility for making tourism sustainable, it is about what people do to address the many specific challenges we face.

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Bhawna 2 weeks 4 days ago

makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to the maintenance of the world’s diversity;
provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues;
provide access for people with disabilities and the disadvantaged;
is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.

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Bhawna 2 weeks 4 days ago

The Cape Town Declaration recognises that Responsible Tourism takes a variety of forms, it is characterised by travel and tourism which:

minimises negative economic, environmental and social impacts;
generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities, improves working conditions and access to the industry;
involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life changes;

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Bhawna 2 weeks 4 days ago

Responsible Tourism is evidence based, recognition and criticism have to be based on evidence.

The World Travel Market has adopted the Cape Town Declaration definition of Responsible Tourism for its World Responsible Tourism Day which encourages the industry to take responsibility for making tourism more sustainable and demonstrate their responsibility.

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Bhawna 2 weeks 4 days ago

Responsible Tourism is about using tourism to make better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit, in that order. It is different from sustainable tourism in that it focuses on what people, businesses and governments do to maximise the positive economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism. It is about identifying the important issues locally and addressing those, transparently reporting progress towards using tourism for sustainable development.

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Bhawna 2 weeks 4 days ago

Responsible Tourism was defined in Cape Town in 2002 alongside the World Summit on Sustainable Development. This definition, the Cape Town Declaration is now widely accepted and has been adopted by the World Travel Market in 2007 for World Responsible Tourism Day.

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Sijna Jose 1 month 3 days ago

Responsible Tourism in India. Tourism-related institutions and groups of conscious people are giving more thought to how local communities are impacted by visitors. ... They called upon all involved to develop guidelines to ensure the social, economic, and environmental protection of places where tourists visit.Without travel there is no tourism, so the concept of sustainable tourism is tightly linked to a concept of sustainable mobility.reliance on fossil fuels and effect on climate change.

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Mandar Das 2 months 3 days ago

Specially related to the off-beat places, those locations are also to be identified and need to be promoted for tourist attraction along-side popular destinations. Local people plays a very key role in inviting tourist across all places by means of their behaviour and attitude. As a tourist, one must be responsible enough to understand the itinerary in place and be ethical to experience a soothing journey.