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RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

responsible-tourismTourism has the potential to promote respect for different cultures, create jobs, bring money to local economies and help rural communities to preserve their culture and identity.

However, too often tourism in developing countries does no more than exacerbate the problems that already exist. These include displacement of tribes, cultural and environmental degradation, disruption of local economies, etc.

How should we behave responsibly whilst on holiday? Below, we offer a number of useful tips:

  • Do not go on 'all inclusive' holidays: Most of the money you pay goes to transport companies, tour operators and hotel chains. Choosing local hotels contributes to household economies and the survival of authentic tourism.
  • Consume local, fair trade produce: When haggling, keep in mind the concept of a living wage. By consuming local produce you also avoid unnecessary international transport.
  • Respect the environment and its inhabitants: Find out about the culture and customs and behave appropriately. Learn a few words in the language of the country you visit; you will improve your communication and the community will thank you.
  • Always ask before taking a picture: Respect the barrier between public and private.
  • Travel outside the usual dates: Seasonal fluctuations cause unstable economies. Traveling in low season, you'll find better prices and greater economic stability for families who depend on tourism.
  • Protect wildlife: Do not buy products made from endangered plants or wildlife or photograph them; this promotes the capture of other animals.
  • Also, reduce your consumption of running water and electricity by switching off lights and using only the essential air conditioning, rejecting products with unnecessary packaging and containers, etc.
  • Search for low-impact alternatives: Use land-based public transport, choose eco-tourism and do not leave the marked routes on foot or by car to minimise your impact on the environment.
  • And finally, enjoy your trip!

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ABOUT AFRIKABLE

Afrikable is a Spanish charitable organisation, registered in the National Register of Associations under number 1/1/594088 and in the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID)'s Register of Non-Governmental Organisations under number 2033.

 

In Kenya our association is called Afrika Able Organization and is registered with Kenya's NGO Coordination Board under number 10976.

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