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Sustainable tourism: What it is, its benefits and how to contribute

Find out the numerous benefits of sustainable tourism

Sustainable tourism: What it is, its benefits and how to contribute

Do you know what sustainable tourism is? Although it is a fairly recent concept, more and more travellers are opting for this responsible type of tourism. In fact, as you may remember, it is one of the main hotel trends of 2024

As you know, the future of the planet is in everyone's hands and, without doubt, sustainable tourism is a good way to assume our environmental responsibility. In this post, we tell you what its benefits are and how you can opt for it.

What are the goals of sustainable tourism?

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), sustainable tourism fully takes into account current and future repercussions - economic, social and environmental - to satisfy the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and local host communities.

In short, this type of tourism minimises the impact on the environment by optimising the use of its resources. It also helps to preserve local culture and guarantee an adequate distribution of wealth.

Origin of sustainable tourism

The origin of sustainable tourism can be attributed to 1975, when the UNWTO was founded; it now has over 150 states as members. Among its founding objectives were, of course, caring for the planet, although it was not until the 1990s when this really began to be achieved.

From that time on, society has become aware of the negative impact of mass tourism on the environment and, luckily, with the arrival of the 21st century, sustainable tourism has become more and more important.

Benefits of sustainable tourism

It is indisputable that sustainable tourism brings with it multiple advantages. Let's try to summarise these for you:

  • To begin with, it promotes global sustainability, because it helps solve environmental problems by aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the UN 2030 Agenda.
  • Sustainable tourism also leads to economic benefits, creating jobs and strengthening the local economy and circular economy.
  • It also promotes responsible production and consumption, educating people about sustainable habits and minimising waste.
  • It combats global warming by its sustainable management of resources and commitment to renewable energy; minimising our carbon footprint.
  • It protects the health of ecosystems by promoting ethical practices and creating protected spaces.
  • It preserves and respects each host community and its local population; encouraging the “visitor in someone else's home” approach.

How to achieve responsible tourism

How can each of us contribute to sustainable tourism?

Here are some tips to help you participate in responsible tourism:

  • If you are going to travel, always opt for tourism companies committed to the circular economy.
  • Choose a tourist destination and activities that support carbon neutrality, whenever possible.
  • Avoid using disposable plastic during your trip and opt for more sustainable alternatives, such as reusable containers and dispensers.
  • Always opt for sustainable hotels, that is, accommodation committed to sustainability in all aspects: From reducing waste to offering eco-friendly food options. It all counts.

Do you already carry out all these practices and need more ideas? In that case, you can also take a look at Omnitec Systems' electronic savings and convenience products.

Being committed to the environment, we offer a wide range of sensors, energy savers and devices to optimise energy saving in various rooms, mainly in hotels and buildings.

At the end of the day, developing sustainable tourism depends on everyone and our team does what it can to support this cause.

If you need ecological solutions for your hotel and have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Omnitec. We look forward to helping you.