Educating the Traveller
Travel is a natural right of all people and is a crucial ingredient of world peace and understanding. With that right comes responsibilities.
socialtours.com encourages the growth of peaceful tourism and environmentally responsible travel.

Tourism has mixed impacts. On the positive side tourism provides jobs, brings foreign exchange and provides income to support local development. It can also directly support local industry and encourage communities to place greater emphasis on environmental protection. However, one of the main problems is that the benefits of tourism often bypasses the local population, and tourism related activities can contribute to the degradation of the environment. They can put pressure on scarce local resources such as land and water, pollute the environment and reduce biodiversity. Money may not reach the local economy, and the jobs available may be poorly paid and provide insecure employment.

Taking action to increase the positive impacts and reduce the negative impacts is vital to the future sustainability and profitability of tourism.

Nepal is a developing country with a per capita income of $200 according to the "World Development Report" published by the World Bank. The main source of income of the nation is Agriculture, Tourism and other small - scale industries primarily in the areas of Tibetan carpets, Garments, and other hand woven clothing. These industries are dependent on raw materials coming in from third countries such as India, New Zealand, and other nations. Moreover, the exploitations taking place within such institutions with regard to work environment, pay, facilities and labor laws is something to be considered by the concerned individuals, groups, and the government. The widely accepted assumption for this situation in any developing country's scenario is poverty. However, the efforts of the government, the international community, NGOs (Non-Governmental Organization) and INGOs (International Non-Governmental Organization) must be acknowledged in this regard to try to eradicate poverty. The results of their work has been significant in many sectors of the development scenario but the effects are taking too long to be seen or experienced at the Macro-level. It can be deduced from this situation that unless the civil society is willing to take any type of responsibilities and risks to bring about a positive change, it will take a long, long time for any change to take place in the situation of any nation.

Definition

There are many definitions, but in a nutshell, it means making sure that tourism organizations look after destinations, so that their attractions & resources - whether natural or cultural - are not spoiled either for local people or for future visitors.

Responsible Tourism means:

o Ensuring tourism cares for the environment
o Providing opportunities for local people to earn income e.g. from direct employment; by providing supplies to hotels; or by offering excursions
o Providing customers with appropriate information about the culture and environment of the destination to help them get more from their holiday.
o Implementing a policy of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

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