Helpful suggestions for your trips to developing or emerging countries
According to UNWTO, the number of international tourist arrivals amounted to 1,2 billion in 2015. Until 2030, it is expected to have 1,8 billion foreign travellers.
Different, seemingly “exotic” cultures are tempting and long-distance travel has never been cheaper. Nearly half of all journeys go to so-called developing and emerging countries, which accounts for the significance of tourism in North-South relations. Tourism is considered one of the most important economic sectors worldwide and thereby provides opportunities for the destinations: tourism creates jobs in the hotel and hospitality industries; traditional artisanry is promoted, manufacturing of art and souvenirs as well as trade offer additional sources of income for the local population.
Therefore, developing countries expect economic growth from tourism. But there is a price to pay, because tourism might also reinforce social inequality, lead to environmental problems and overstrain local cultures.
By preparing your travels thoroughly and making socially responsible and ecologically sensitive choices you are moving towards a holiday that will become an unforgettable experience for you as well as for the people hosting you.
What does fair travel mean?
- Respect for foreign cultures
- Relations of partnership
- Ecological compatibility
- Involvement of the local population
- Human rights are respected
12 tips for fair tourism
Fair tourism – A matter of heart and mind
... by Tourism Watch – Bread for the World aims to encourage reflections on the impact of tourism and provides practical advice on how to travel respectfully and socially responsible, with humour and without wagging a finger.
We would like to thank Bread for the World for providing us with the brochure “Travelling respectfully – Tips for fair travel” for further usage.
Tourism is a beacon of hope nearly all over the world. It provides 240 million jobs internationally, is the most important source of foreign exchange for one in three developing countries and seems to have unlimited growth potential. The question, however, is how to make this industry development-friendly and sustainable.
International Year of Sustainable Tourism
In November 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared 2017 as the “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development”. The outcome document of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development states that “well-designed and managed tourism can make a significant contribution to the three dimensions of sustainable development, has close linkages to other sectors and can create decent jobs and generate trade opportunities.”
The world’s leading travel trade show ITB in Berlin has also placed considerable emphasis on environmental and sustainability issues for a number of years now – an indication that more and more people are seeking more sustainable forms of tourism. Exhibitors wishing to demonstrate their commitment to the environment and sustainability at their stands can download helpful guidelines from the ITB’s website. There will also be a number of CSR events at this year’s show, looking specifically at issues of sustainability.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to travel anywhere in the world using any means of transport we liked without harming the climate? Is this a realistic proposal and, if so, how would it work? Are carbon offsets a genuine way of tackling climate change or are consumers simply being sold a modern form of indulgences?