Sustainable tourism, according to Sustainable Development Tourism, can be defined as:
Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities
Most important to our vision are the following objectives:
1) To make optimal use of environmental resources that constitute a key element in tourism development, and in the process, maintain essential ecological systems, thereby helping to conserve natural heritage and biodiversity.
- Involve both local families and tourists in environmental projects (i.e. beach clean-ups)
- Promote an awareness of waste management (i.e. compost within families, segregation of waste)
- Foster a recognition about the conservation of marine resources
- Decrease vulnerability of coastal communities in the event of a natural disaster by improving and strengthening host family’s houses
2) Respect the socio-cultural values and practices of the communities that are hosting tourists, while also contributing to both intra- and inter-cultural consciousness.
3) Ensure viable, long-term economic operations, particularly by providing socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders, which are further distributed in a manner the host families have deemed to be fair and equitable. For example, this includes, but is not limited to, providing trainings and income-earning opportunities to the host families.