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					            The Goal And
           Mechanisms Of
         Sustainable Tourism




      The Goal And Mechanisms Of Sustainable Tourism


Portland Tour                                          Page 1
Tourism is a significant source of funds and is thus a crucial component
to a locality’s growth. With travelling now more efficient and convenient
than ever before and with the Internet providing a good platform for
countries to advertise what they can offer, tourism has become one of
the world’s fastest growing industries over the past decades. Tourism
that features a country or city's natural and cultural facets is a significant
and growing component of the tourism industry.

Although it can have a positive contribution to socioeconomic
development, tourism growth if not controlled properly can also lead to
environmental degradation, destruction of fragile ecosystems, and at
times, even social and cultural conflict. To address these issues, United
Nations as well as other private and public agencies are promoting
sustainable and responsible tourism.

According to the WTO, the objective of sustainable or responsible
tourism is to retain the economic and social advantages of tourism
development while mitigating any undesirable impacts on the natural,
historic, cultural or social environment. The goal of this tourism ethos is
to meet the needs of present tourists and host regions while protecting
and enhancing opportunity for the future.

                                  To ensure the longevity and integrity of
                                  the cultural, ecological, and historical
                                  points of interest and offerings of a
                                  particular locality, both vacationers as
                                  well as the establishments catering have
                                  to get involved. Businesses can take part
                                  in the sustainable tourism initiative by
favoring local workers especially those that come from financially
challenged neighborhoods. They should also provide a platform where
visitors can see traditional crafts and experience the locality’s rich
culture. Another way as to how businesses can support sustainable
tourism efforts would be to employ waste reduction and recycling
measures, as well as develop ways to conserve water and energy during
operations.


Portland Tour                                                            Page 2
You can take part in the sustainable tourism initiative by being mindful of
your actions. For instance, you should dispose of litter carefully, recycle
where possible, don’t take natural souvenirs like pebbles and sea shells
away, and don’t buy products made from endangered plants and
animals. Buying local products is also one way you can take part in
sustainable tourism as it gives fair economic returns to local families.

Port Elizabeth in South Africa is one example of a city which actively
practices sustainable and responsible tourism. Visitors can now enjoy a
Port Elizabeth tour which includes a trip to the African Dawn Bird and
Wildlife Sanctuary where they can see lynx, wallabies, and around two
hundred and fifty species of birds that are native to Africa. Travelers can
also enjoy Port Elizabeth day tour which includes scuba diving. The city
has a number of great scuba diving destinations, and one of them is the
Bell Buoy which is known for its colorful soft coral and rocky bottom.
Other must-do Port Elizabeth tours involve township excursions which
gives you the opportunity to experience the city's impressive cultural and
historical heritage.




Portland Tour                                                         Page 3

				
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