Sustainable Eco Tourism Policy

"Tourism that is economically, socioculturally and environmentally sustainable. With sustainable tourism, sociocultural and environmental impacts are neither permanent nor irreversible” as defined by John Beech and Simon Chadwick’s in their book The Business of Tourism Management. Sustainable tourism meets the needs of present day tourism without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

 

Sustainable Tourism
Sustainable tourism encompasses the responsible use of natural resources for recreation.Ecotourism is defined as leisure travel that provides tourists with an educational and adventurous experience visiting complex and fascinating ecosystems and their associated cultures and traditions. The concept of ecotourism began in the late 1980's and increased in popularity in 2002 during the United Nations "International Year of Ecotourism." According to environmental and other organizations, ecotourism should have a minimal impact on both the environment and the culture. Ecotourism should inform tourists about what's needed to sustain the environment they're visiting, and should also help local populations understand the importance and value of their home. Ecotourism can also help foster a sense of environmental stewardship by encouraging travelers to be mindful of wasting resources and polluting the environment. Eco tourism can also help local economies by generating revenue and jobs, which further encourages the local population to preserve its environment.

 

A good ecotourism operation will strive to support the community and encourage travelers to be culturally sensitive by training and employing local people and by purchasing local supplies and services to further stimulate the economy. Increasingly, national governments such as Costa Rica and Australia are supporting the ecotourism trade for its benefit to both their country and their visitors. Tourist regions in many countries now relay on ecotourism as the primary source of revenue.

 

The education and good practices taught by ecotourism may also help foster sustainable development in a world increasingly faced by destructive practices such as clear-cutting forests and poor land-use policies that destroy habitats. Good ecotourism should ideally support criteria such as:

 

  • Conservation of biological and cultural diversity
  • Sustainable use of ecological resources
  • Support for local economies through increased local revenue, jobs for local populations, and use of local supplies and services
  • Community empowerment by sharing participation in management local ecotourism activities
  • Increased environmental and cultural awareness
  • Minimal environmental tourist industry impact on local resources

Although the overall concept and intent of sustainable tourism is positive, the industry is not without its critics largely due to companies who abuse the concept of ecotourism to take advantage of the wealth generated by the interest in eco-tourism. Some ecotourism operators have been accused of masking their environmentally destructive practices by marketing their businesses as ecotourism.

 

With time, the standards for good ecotourism will be established and both travelers and the industry will be aware of what constitutes an ecologically and culturally sensitive operation.


The following ecotourism and sustainable tourism policies are incorporated into our tours whenever possible:

 

Staying at certified ecolodge accommodations
Encouraging tour participants to recycle and properly dispose of garbage while on tour


Eating foods which are grown locally, are organic and/or have been grown and harvested in a sustainable manner


Encouraging participants to bring ecofriendly and sustainable products with them on tour such as:

 

  • Water bottles
  • Phosphate free soaps and shampoos/conditioners
  • Re-useable bags
  • Re-chargeable batteries
  • Flying with carbon neutral airlines
  • Driving to tour destinations rather than flying whenever possible
  • Walking and hiking
  • Purchasing from locally owned businesses (accommodations, food services etc.)
  • Educating tour participants about the local peoples, cultures and communities
  • Respecting the local peoples beliefs, culture(s) and way of life
  • Purchasing local ecofriendly and sustainable souvenirs and handicrafts locally
  • Staying on trails and practicing low impact tripping techniques and reducing disturbances to a minimum
  • Respecting wildlife and providing space between people and wildlife
  • Keeping wildlife disturbances to a minimum and not harassing wildlife
  • Educating tour participants about the local flora and fauna
  • Educating tour participants about the local scientific research occurring in the region of travel
  • Supporting local conservation efforts and scientific research through financial contributions
  • Hiring local guides
  • Respecting all laws which pertain to wildlife, protected areas, tourism and local cultures.

Nepal Tour is a business with ambitions to change tourism for the long-term benefit of local people, tourists, the environment and the tourism industry. Part of our commitment is to screen and market responsible holidays. The other part of our commitment is to campaign for change in the tourism industry. Nepal Tour are not claiming to be perfect by any means but we do believe we have a voice in the tourism industry and should use it!

 

We donate a small portion of our yearly profit to a social organisation named " Children First" here in Kathmandu. If you wish to join hands to support any of these unfortunate children for their education, you are quite welcome to visit them while in Kathmandu.

 

 

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