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
- 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
- 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,
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Sustainable Tourism Principles