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Guide to eco-friendly tourism in 2021

Our vision of the journey towards sustainable development is more than an ideology or a simple theoretical approach. Our vision is centred around the discovery of the concrete components of a journey and here is our guide to eco-friendly tourism :

Guide to eco-friendly tourism

Guide to eco-friendly tourism: immersive and authentic journeys

  • Tailor-made trips or trips in small groups. A great way to immerse yourself in the heart of the nature.
  • Destinations off the beaten track. Away from mass tourism to discover hidden gems without missing out on the must-see.
  • Typical charming accommodation, on a human scale, and traditional means of transport for an authentic immersion.
  • Eco safaris to get close to wildlife in a respectful way.

Also, trips that encourage discovery and encounters :

  • Home trips to share their way of life and immerse yourself in their culture.
  • Specialised theme trips to observe biodiversity or to act with ecovolunteers.
  • Participatory activities within ethnic groups to rediscover ancestral practices and their heritage.
  • Naturalist and scientific guides to learn in a fun way.
Immersive and authentic journeys

Guide to eco-friendly tourism: Ethical travel that promotes the local economy and its resources

  • Local projects to understand biodiversity issues
  • Ecolodges integrated into their wildlife to better preserve it
  • Reduced journeys and non-polluting activities.
  • Promote soft mobility as much as possible.
  • Fair and equitable rates for all and local guides treated with respect
  • The easiest way to understand the differences between the different types of responsible travel is undoubtedly to tell their story.

Green tourism and responsible travel

The first real form of responsible travel was probably ecotourism. A little over 30 years ago in the United States and Costa Rica mainly.

At the time, the aim was to reduce the impact of their stays on and go further by financing nature and biodiversity conservation. Mainly for outdoor and adventure tourism operators. Also, particularly for ecotourism in Costa Rica in the heart of national parks. Initially, this only concerned tours and stays in the wilderness, in protected areas.

Other forms of responsible tourism :
Both travel agencies and destinations quickly realised the need to develop similar approaches for other types of travel and destinations. For instance: cultural stays, wellness stays, cruises and stays by the sea, in the mountains, in the deserts.

Fair tourism has been set up to apply the principles of fair trade and work with local communities. Solidarity tourism has been developed to support local sustainable development projects.

In order to help both professionals and travellers to better understand these different forms of holidays. Tourism institutions then sought to group them under a single term: “sustainable tourism”. Indeed, it was initially chosen even if today we speak more and more about “responsible travel”.

Guide to eco-friendly tourism

The principles of ecotourism

Responsible travel as well as ecotourism in France today defend 2 major principles:

That tourism has an important impact on the local culture and its local economy. That it is the responsibility of tourists and the travel industry to reduce their negative impacts. While helping to finance biodiversity protection and poverty reduction.
Perhaps one of the best definitions comes from the Cape Town Declaration in South Africa. It puts local communities at the centre of its concerns, arguing that responsible travel should contribute to “creating better places to live and visit”.

Components of sustainable travel :
The principles of responsible travel therefore apply to all forms of stay. However, certain products are particularly representative:

For your ecotourism stay, an ecolodge is an ideal charming accommodation. Nights in rooms surrounded by wildlife, comfort and relaxation, responsible commitment. Everything to offer an unforgettable holiday to the most demanding travellers.

Ecovolunteers participate in the preservation of biodiversity and the conservation of species. Eco-volunteer missions provide an opportunity for useful travel. As well as immersion in the field with local communities and learning alongside recognised scientists and naturalists.

If you liked this article, don’t hesitate to check this one about the hotels of the future or this one about 9 eco-friendly destinations.

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