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Published on : Tuesday, August 29, 2017
In the midst of growing anti-tourist protests throughout Europe and proliferating measures to alleviate impacts of travelers worldwide, the UNWTO has announced a new sustainable tourism campaign called “Travel.Enjoy.Respect.”, which is aimed at increasing awareness regarding the contribution sustainable tourism can make toward development.
As part of the effort, a new manual of ‘Tips for a Responsible Traveler,’ has been developed by the World Committee on Tourism Ethics. This manual includes recommendations regarding responsible choices while visiting a country and having a positive impact on the destination. Among the tips included in the manual are:
— Learn to speak a few words in the local language
— Reduce water and energy consumption
— Buy locally-made handcrafts and products
— Research well before engaging in voluntourism
The UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai said in a statement, “Whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to: respect nature, respect culture, and respect your host. You can be the change you want to see in the world. You can be an ambassador for a better future.TRAVEL, ENJOY, AND RESPECT.”
Over the past year, more countries around the world have increasingly been grappling with the impacts of record numbers of visitors. Examples are cities like Venice and Barcelona, which have not only been the locations of anti-tourist protests but have also implemented new measures to curb excessive number of visitors.