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Why Sustainable Tourism Should Matter to You Why Sustainable Tourism Should Matter to You

Why Sustainable Tourism Should Matter to You

The words “sustainable” and “responsible” have become buzzwords in tourism in recent years, right up there with “eco-friendly” as the newest thing to strive for for many tour companies and travel businesses.
But sustainable tourism. What is it, really" And why should the average tourist like you or I care about it"
When buzzwords like these come up, it’s a natural reaction, I think, to tune out. To assume that glazed-eye look and let your mind wander a bit because clearly these sorts of things are for executives and experts to worry about, right"
Well, you’d actually be wrong.
Shopping at a local market rather than a chain store is another example of economic sustainability.
Not only should the community be involved in tourism, but they should also all share in the financial benefits gleaned from it in order to encourage them to care about the other pillars just as much.
Why does sustainable tourism matter"
So why does all of this matter" Clearly tourism has survived up until now without such a huge discussion about sustainable, responsible travel.
But here’s the thing we have to remember: it’s only in the last couple of decades that tourism has truly exploded. More people around the world have disposable income and an interest in travel today than ever before. This is putting a strain on the tourism industry as a whole ? and especially on the most popular destinations.
For this reason, sustainable tourism is incredibly important right now. Angkor Wat
I remember the first time I saw Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I was so incredibly excited to see those iconic towers and lily-littered moat. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, after all, and one of the largest religious monuments in the world.
But as soon as I arrived, I knew immediately that something was wrong.
First, I was paying $40 for a 3-day pass to all the Angkor temples in a country where many people don’t even make that much income in a month. (I later learned that the company that manages Angkor isn’t even based in the country.) Second, the site was incredibly crowded with both tourists in short shorts and hawkers selling cheap souvenirs.
I didn’t feel like I was at a temple, and I certainly didn’t feel good about spending my money there.
Sunrise at Angkor Wat is an uncomfortably crowded affair.
I’ve written about my thoughts on Cambodia before, but basically what I saw at Angkor Wat was unsustainable tourism personified. Tourism where making money is the prime objective and the preservation of the site is secondary. Tourism where visitors aren’t interacting with locals in any meaningful way and where the locals aren’t benefitting a whole lot financially.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I’m scared to see what Angkor Wat will look like 20 years from now.
Because that’s the thing about sustainable tourism and why we really shoul...
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