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The UN-Organization for Wereldtoerisme (UNWTO) wants every form of tourism is to be sustainable. Today, that is far from the case. If you want to, can opt for specific deals. FPS Foreign Affairs will get you on your way with these useful tips.

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Under sustainable travel refers to a form of tourism that gives attention to the three dimensions of sustainability: people (people), planet (environment) and profit (economy). All three are necessary to a community livable and healthy.

People: be respectful of people and their socio-cultural identity, cultural heritage preservation, to contribute to greater understanding and tolerance between different cultures.

Planet: respectful use of the environment and natural resources, so as little as possible harm.

Profit: ensure that the tourism the local population’s employment and income.

A lot of choice

Do many terms in the circular. As an example, fair tourism, the emphasis on respect for the local culture, an active involvement of the local population and a balanced distribution of the income. Solidarity tourism is mainly the living conditions of the local population to improve (for example, through international bouwkampen). Ecotourism represents nature and the environment, and the ecological footprint as small as possible.

Durable label

Travel packages get more and more of a durable label, but according to Marie-Paule Eskénazi, an expert in sustainable tourism, it covers the flag, typically the cargo is not (1). They are, after all, by the travel agencies themselves granted, without sufficient control. Eskénazi is behind the labels ATR (Agir pour un Tourisme Responsable) and ATES (Warranty tourisme équitable et solidaire).

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Humanitarian tourism (or vrijwilligerstoerisme) Eskénazi not a good idea. ‘Tourists can, for example, orphanages to visit in Cambodia that you can’t always say whether or not they really are. But tourists find it fun, to make some pictures of cute kids and give some candy. That kind of stuff can absolutely not. We may tourism and welfare services, not by each other.’ Often, the young people without any professional knowledge of 1 or 2 weeks of English or French in, say, Vietnam or Benin. The local schools no benefit. “Of course, people can contribute to a humanitarian project, but only in specific contexts, and if they meet certain rules.’

The ngo Service Volontaire International (SVI) is opposed to vrijwilligerstoerisme. Her alternative is for the international exchange of young people (16-35 years) in concrete projects and under supervision. These range from nature conservation, building, photography, raising awareness about hygiene to children. SVI calls her exchange with clamp no tourism. The Bouworde (FR: Compagnons bâtisseurs) also organises properly supervised volunteering. Often you can also with ngos.

Also the exchange offered by ngos, by the bracket. Especially if the local partners of the ngo the amount that they are on the journey remaining in a fund deposit for long-term projects such as the construction of a school, a road, a water well, a doctor’s. The local partners provide for the reception of the tourists, often in families, and give explanations about their development projects.

(1) As mentioned in the magazine n’GO February 2001

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