Trend: Sustainable tourism

Now that the peak tourist season is over, let’s take stock of new ways to travel internationally.

Sustainable tourism is a new way of thinking about travel that takes into account ecology, the local economy but also social and ethical aspects.

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The term “sustainable tourism” refers to any form of alternative tourism that attempts to minimize negative impacts on the local environment.

This form of tourism must ensure a viable economic activity for all stakeholders,be it the local population or travellers. The trip must become a useful experience that should enable tourists to become aware of local issues, or even to participate in the improvement of them. At the national, regional or global level, major bodies are implementing policies and awareness campaigns related to sustainable tourism. This is the case in particular of the European Union, the United Nations, the World Tourism Organization or the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Sustainable tourism comes in several types of travel: eco-tourism, fair tourism, solidarity tourism or social tourism.

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