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Tour operators and activity providers play a significant role in implementing sustainable practices, since they usually function as a link between tourists and tourism service providers.

Sustainable tourism is looking out for the economic, social and environmental influences – including the visitors, the economic sectors linked to the tourism industry and the host communities.

The question is Whose Responsibility Is It to Educate Travelers?

Tour operators and activity providers can influence their consumers, suppliers and the routes chosen (Tour Operators’ Initiative, 2003)in order to increase the awareness of the responsibilities each party involved should take on to achieve more sustainability in tourism.

When contributing to sustainable tourism, tour operators and activity providers should work to:

  • Make sure that the local community receives full benefits
  • Minimise the negative impacts on the environment
  • Educate tourists about their responsibility

Further dive into how tour operators can help; and for more information on how holidaymakers can play their part you can visit Thomas Cook.

 

 

Reference:
Tour Operators’ Initiative.  (2003). Sustainable Tourism: The Tour Operators’ Contribution. Paris: Tour Operators’ Initiative, UNEP, Divison of Technology, Industry and Economics.

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Seeking Experiential Travel in China: Interview with Mei Zhang, founder of Wild China

Categories: Asia, East, Management, Operations, Private Sector, Recommended Reading, Southeast, Tour Operator
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Mei ZhangAre Travelers Ready for the ‘Real’ China? Mei Zhang, founder of Wild China, explains why she’s counting on a sense of discovery to take travelers beyond the Great Wall and create tourism opportunities in China, Tibet and Myanmar.

 

By Willem Niemeijer, Founder and CEO, Khiri Travel

Disclaimer: The views, opinions and positions expressed by the author(s) and those providing comments on these blogs are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) or any employee thereof. We make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, timeliness, suitability or validity of any information presented by individual authors and/or commenters on our blogs and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use.

 

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Willem Niemeijer, Founder & CEO, Khiri Travel

In a recent interview with PATA Conversations, Shannon Stowell, President of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, said: “Our hope is that destinations will focus on low-impact and high-quality travel…” Quite.

At Khiri Travel we cater to companies that want their guests to have authentic encounters and meaningful experiences that delight and broaden cultural and environmental horizons. These companies often identify themselves as adventure travel operators. They are not catering to outdoor sports people, but to those who see adventure as venturing off the beaten track and finding out what is really going on. Sometimes ‘off the beaten track’ can be one street down from the main tourist attractions.

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Have the best travel experience with the most positive impact with our tips for sustainable travel

Ecotourism, responsible travel, sustainable tourism, going green – call it what you will, these days we’re all thinking a little more carefully about how and where we travel. The headline news has largely revolved around the environmental impact of flying, but if you’re serious about greening up your travel, you need to look beyond carbon offsetting. Read more.

 

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Traveling comes with a high environmental cost. But many people who care about the environment still want to be able to see the world. Could virtual – or virtuous – travel be the answer? Oliver Balch. Read more.
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