By Blake Ng — 26 Nov 2018
For tour operators, promoting sustainability makes sense – both ethically and also in terms of getting more bookings. Many tour businesses rely on the preservation of the environment, and savvy travelers are now choosing to book tours that will help destinations instead of harm them. What can tour operators do to promote sustainability? We take a look.
As a tour operator, you play a significant role in the tourism market. Since you are so necessary for other businesses (such as travel agencies) and consumers (mainly travelers), you can greatly influence their decisions. You can also influence your peers to be more sustainable by sharing your practices with them.
Here are some suggestions taken from the Global Sustainable Tourism (GST) Council and Sustainable Tourism:
Here are some things you can do:
It’s not only the right thing to do – it will also improve your relations with staff and locals.
Remember that you are equally responsible for protecting your economic impact in your destination. It’s not just the job of local authorities.
Being environmentally conscious will also save your business money by reducing the use of resources, such as water and electricity.
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