Published on : Thursday, August 24, 2017
Before taking snap of a stranger, do seek their and respect their privacy. Also, abstain from giving money to any begging children. Always learn few words of the local language and be certain that your purchase is not made from any endangered animal or plants. The new “Travel. Enjoy. Respect” handbook published by the United Nations World Tourism Organization has provided the aforesaid tips as portion of a global public awareness program that advises on ways to become a responsible tourist.
In the middle of a European tourism crisis where locals all over Italy and Spain have been expressing anti-tourism protests for unsustainable visitor numbers, and incidents explaining bad conducts of the tourists, the launch happened. In Barcelona, visitors had to witness messages like “Tourists go home” and “Stop destroying our lives” on lamp posts and walls.
Few Italian cities like Rome, Turin, Florence and Milan have initiated bans on outdoor drinking after nightfall, food trucks and street hawkers to restrain hooliganism and bring back respect.
Lately, Florence had declared a soft warning to the visitors in a tourism campaign dubbed #EnjoyRespectFirenze,” just to make the tourists remember that anyone exhibiting uncivil behavior will have to pay hefty fines.
“Whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to respect nature, respect culture, and respect your host,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai in a statement.
“You can be the change you want to see in the world. You can be an ambassador for a better future.”