So we’ve all heard a lot about sustainable tourism. What does that mean?
Sustainable tourism is simply about leaving a net-positive or neutral impact on the location visited by the traveller – socially, economically and environmentally. In millennial terminology, let’s not ‘mess things up’. Sounds easy right?
A few things such as littering, disrespecting local customs and inhumane treatment of those providing service are easily avoidable, with the common morality we share as a society.
But the real issue is that although our intentions maybe noble, it is not always easy to gauge the impact of our actions. How can we know if the money we spent on that hotel room is going to trickle down and actually benefit the local inhabitants that work for and around the hotel? Does feeding that monkey at the temple help it survive or does it make their population more dependent on tourists? Tougher still, does sharing our culture and ways with locals help them or does it make them resent us for being different?
We at Swadesee, believe in informing you, to the best we can, as to how your actions impact the landscape around you. At the same time, we are learning and evolving, and your opinions and feedback are highly valuable to us. We may not have all the questions, let alone the answers, but we strongly believe communication and mutual interaction with the local people and local elements is the best way to find the real issues affecting their lives and ours.