Thompson Okanagan of British Columbia recognized as America’s first sustainable tourism destination

Published on : Friday, November 3, 2017

Thompson Okanagan of British ColumbiaThompson Okanagan of British Columbia has recently been honored as the first sustainable tourism destination in the USA. The way in which a destination manages itself in terms of perspectives like environmental, social and cultural are considered while measuring sustainable tourism of a place. Side by side, it also takes into account the region’s goals to maintain its standards.


The Responsible Tourism Institute, which gave the region the designation, is a type of organization located in Spain and connected to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO. It heartens up tourism that “contributes to a destination’s cultural and natural heritage.”


On Wednesday afternoon, the officials of Responsible Tourism Institute were present in Kamloops, B.C. to declare the Thompson-Okanagan as the first place in North or South America to receive this award.


“We are very proud,” said Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association president Glenn Mandziuk.


Mandziuk explained that the tourism association had to complete an all-inclusive review, comprising 137 questions, to receive the designation.


“We are pleased to be certifying [the Thompson Okanagan] with this rare and prestigious designation,” said Patricio Azcarate Diaz de Losada, director of the Responsible Tourism Institute in a press release.


“Tourism is a global connector, contributing to reducing inequality within and between countries, promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, supporting environmental sustainability and creating opportunities for learning and prosperity for all.”


“This puts us in an elite group of regions around the world that live up to this high standard,” he said.

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