Global tourism now demands tourists to be responsible

Published on : Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The global tourism now demands one thing from all tourists – to preserve a destination at all costs!


Following the opening of Boracay Island on October 26, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has vowed to aggressively campaign for responsible tourism to spare the “new Boracay” and similar destinations from environmental abuse, mass tourism and closure.


During his recent visit to Cebu for the Digital and Transformation Summit, DOT Policy Formulation and International Cooperation Officer Alex Macatuno cited some important tips for travelers which they can follow while roaming around the county’s tourism attractions.


This list of tips, he said, was developed by the World Committee on Tourism Ethics and based on the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.


Macatuno said the DOT also took the initiative to come up with a Tagalog version for Filipinos to better understand them.


“Tourism is everybody’s business. We should all be responsible in protecting and preserving our resources,” Macatuno said.


Macatuno said that it is every tourist’s responsibility to research and learn about the destination before booking tickets. It also means a lot to the locals if tourists try to speak their language.


He pointed out that it is best to ask permission first before taking photos of people. Engaging locals in meaningful conversation that show interest in a destination’s culture and history is also important.


Another important tip for a responsible tourist is to know the environment. Macatuno said every traveler is encouraged to protect the planet by saying “no” to activities that destruct the environment. The UNWTO also discourages tourists from buying souvenirs that use endangered animals or plants.


The UNWTO also advised travelers to support the local economy by buying locally-made souvenirs at fair prices. This, he said, will assist in the livelihood of locals, and tourists would also bring back fun memories of the destination.


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