Green Travel Definitions

Defining ‘responsible tourism’

  • Community-based tourism: Where businesses are owned and operated by local residents.
  • Ecotourism: Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people.
  • Pro-poor tourism: Tourism that results in increased net benefit for poor people.
  • Responsible tourism: Tourism that maximizes benefits to local communities, minimizes negative social or environmental impact and helps local people conserve fragile cultures, habitats or species.
  • Sustainable tourism: Tourism that meets the needs of tourist and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future.
  • Volunteer (also known as voluntourism) and educational tourism: Holidays that incorporate unpaid volunteer and not-for-credit learning activities in the host community as part of the vacation experience.
  • Adventure tourism: A form of nature-based tourism that incorporates an element of risk, higher levels of physical exertion and often the need for specialized skill.
  • Nature-based tourism: Any form of tourism that relies primarily on the natural environment for its attractions or settings.
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