The concept of sustainability as a resource development and management philosophy is permeating all levels of
policy and practice relating to tourism, from local to global. Sustainable tourism
management of the natural and physical environment, more than ever before, must coexist with economic, sociocultural, and health and safety objectives of localities and nations.

– Organization of American States

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Principles for Sustainable Tourism

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Sustainable tourism development can fulfill economic, social, and aesthetic needs while maintaining cultural integrity and ecological processes. It can provide for today’s hosts and guests while protecting and enhancing the same opportunity for the future. That’s the good news. But sustainable tourism development also involves making hard political choices based on complex social, economic, and environmental trade-offs. It requires a community planning and decision making. The local planner can use the following principles as basic guidelines when attempting to incorporate this broader vision into local policies and practices.

  • Tourism planning, development and operation should be part of conservation or sustainable development strategies for a region, a province (state) or the nation. Tourism planning, development and operation should be cross-sectoral and integrated, involving different government agencies, private corporations, citizen groups and individuals thus providing the widest possible benefits.
  • Agencies, corporations, groups and individuals should follow ethical and other principles which respect culture and environment of the host area, the economy and traditional way of life, the community and traditional behavior, leadership and political patterns.
  • Tourism should be planned and managed in a sustainable manner, with due regard for the protection and appropriate economic uses of the natural and human environment in host areas.
  • Tourism should be undertaken with equity in mind to distribute fairly benefits and costs among tourism promoters and host peoples and areas.
  • Good information, research and communication on the nature of tourism and its effects on the human and cultural environment should be available prior to and during development, especially for the local people, so that they can participate in and influence the direction of development and its effects as much as possible, in the individual and collective interest.
  • Local people should be encouraged and expected to undertake leadership roles in planning and development with the assistance of government, business, financial and other interests.
  • Integrated environmental, social and economic planning analyses should be undertaken prior to the commencement of any major projects, with careful consideration given to different types of tourism development and the ways in which they might link with existing uses, ways of life and environmental considerations.
  • Throughout all stages of tourism development and operation, a careful assessment, monitoring and mediation program should be conducted in order to allow local people and others to take advantage of opportunities or to respond to changes.

Source: Globe ’90 Conference, Tourism Stream, Action Strategy for Sustainable Tourism development. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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