It’s the end of summer. Most people already went on vacation, but for those of you who haven’t, you’re probably wondering where to go? Where to sleep? What to do?
But have you already thought about the social and environmental impact of these few days of relaxation?
In 2015, 1.2 billion tourists travelled abroad, the main destination being Europe (51%), followed by Asia (23%), and the American continent (16%). It’s a record for the tourism sector, which hasn’t stopped growing since 2009.
Unfortunately, tourisme doesn’t only have positive outfalls for local populations and socio-economic development.
That’s why in 1999,the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), adopted the global code of ethics for tourism. Canada also adopted a Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism.
According to Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UNWTO:
” Your actions count. This is our message to one billion tourists. By making the right choices and actions, every tourist is a chance for a more inclusive, fair and sustainable future.”
Responsible tourism is also the goal of Hopineo, a site that connects travellers and “HopHosts”, in order to promote sustainable practices. There are travel destinations on 4 continents, mostly in France and South America.
Each HopHost has a page that describes the location and “good practices” such as Canadian wells, rainwater harvesting, organic gardening, or solar panels. You can even choose to offer your skills and time in payment.
And for those of you who like being close to nature by camping, you’ll love Huttopia, with travel destinations in France and Canada 🙂
I also wanted to talk about 2 articles on this subject:
- One on Alternet that present 10 ethical travel destinations in the majority world
- And a French article “La Science des vacances“, that teaches you how to enjoy your vacation and remember it afterwards 😉
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes” – Marcel Proust