Responsible Tourism – The Terms

  • Responsible tourism
    A general term describing an integration of concepts of respect for the environment, the social and cultural nature of the destination, the local economic development, and transactional equity.
  • Environmental impact
    One hears of the environmental impact of a trip. This impact can be assessed according to the type of transportation, travel time, type of housing and its modes of operation (heating, insulation, etc.), origin of the food consumed on site.
  • Carbon offsetting
    Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main product of burning fossil fuels such as kerosene, fuel oil, diesel, petrol. Offsetting is a way to compensate to the production of CO2 that is produced by your own personal travel. The highest amount and the easiest to calculate is by aircraft, the emanation of CO2 from a trip (by plane mainly because it is easier to calculate) for financial support for an action that will reduce the emission of CO2 or which will contribute to absorb a certain amount of CO2 (partial or total compensation). This may relate to a support for any type action replanting of trees, regeneration of natural space, slowing deforestation, modification of the heating system and cooking in developing countries, creation of public transport, etc. This compensation system is sometimes questionable, although structures such as MyClimate are doing a great job, that’s why we advocate a more moderate use of the aircraft.
  • Microeconomics
    Microeconomics is the local economy of a region, city or village, &mdash how it affects the local people directly.
  • Redistribution
    The action to distribute value equitably among the resident population.
  • Active awareness
    A theme — an iconic species or a social need — can be of great relevance to the local destination. You should consider your own personal awareness of the issue in question before you consider investing in the destination.
  • Clarity, transparency
    As a responsible tour operator our attitude and operation need to be transparent and as clear as possible in our presentation of the destination. The money trail is something that the traveler should consider here.
  • Slow food, slow-travel
    The slow-food movement is a reaction to diminution of food quality that has taken place recently. The movement started in Italy are over 20 years ago. It focuses on quality food locally produced. The slow-travel has the same philosophy, it really is just common sense. Choose trips that give the time to decompress, to experience a destination without racing. It seeks to make a vacation restorative — a holiday.