20 JULIO 2020
5 steps towards sustainable tourism
One of the worst consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic that we’re facing is a decrease in tourism. And with tourism being one of the biggest sources of revenue for our country, it’s our duty to maintain it, but not at all costs; rather through sustainable tourism.
Tourism, in addition to making a major contribution to the national economy, brings with it a lot of other important benefits. It creates jobs, improves local cultural level, promotes cultural exchanges and makes progress in improving the quality of the facilities. But we cannot forget about it’s negative aspects, like the increase in energy consumption, the destruction or altering of ecosystems, the increase in forest fires, or the overcrowding of tourist destinations. That is why it’s important to remember that there can be tourism, but it should be sustainable tourism.
These are 5 recommendations for promoting sustainable tourism:
- Support the local economy: both in big tourist destinations and those that aren’t so much, there are a lot of people and businesses that depend on tourism for a living, which is why it’s a good idea to support the local economy – buying a locally-made souvenir or having food and drinks at a small pub or restaurant.
- Enjoy local, seasonal products: one of the main attractions of most tourist destinations is the local cuisine, so by consuming local products, not only will you improve your travel experience, but you’ll also help reduce the environmental impact you make at the destination.
- Don’t waste natural resources: natural resources are some of the most valuable assets that a country has, and both when you are at a tourist destination as well as your own home, it’s only logical to use them responsibly. Nonetheless, when we are on vacation, we tend to be more wasteful than usual: we take longer showers, we use more plastic containers, or we may take natural “souvenirs” like shells, sand, or rocks.
- Explore by foot or use sustainable transport: this is one of the easiest steps to take, and at the same time, one of the most complicated. Walking is the best way to really get to know the destination we’re visiting, but we need to keep in mind that it’s not possible to walk everywhere, in which case, it’s best to use public transportation. One of the best tips we can give is, before you travel, to plan out routes that are possible for you to walk, and when it isn’t possible, to have maps of the public transportation lines that you can use. Riding a bike or using electric transportation means is also a great option.
- Visit areas that are not overcrowded: the big cities and a lot of towns along the coast are increasingly more overcrowded with tourists. This isn’t beneficial to anyone – neither the year-round residents or the occasional travelers. That is why we recommend that before you pick a destination, do some research on the towns nearby and try to find areas that are not as overcrowded, but equally recommendable.
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