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Responsible Tourism

Course Code CHTM-102
Lecture hours per week
Lab hours per week
Course Availability: Open
Description: Responsible Tourism is tourism that is developed in a manner and at such a scale as to remain economically viable over an indefinite period and functions in a manner that is detrimental neither to the physical environment that maintains it nor to the human environment that nurtures it. Concern over sustainability was officially articulated in a report put forward by the World Commission on Environment and Development (a.k.a. the Brundtland Commission) in 1987. Barely fifty years old as a mass international phenomenon, tourism is in its infancy. It is widely accepted that tourism will continue to grow substantially into the next century. Mass tourism, however, has its detractors. Among the serious accusations: a despoiler of pristine natural environments, a destroyer of valued lifestyles and age-old cultures and an exploiter of poor nations. In counterpoint, it is possible to regard tourism's future growth as not only assured, but also highly desirable; whatever the problems indiscriminate tourism practices may have triggered and will cause in future, they are not insurmountable and are potentially outweighed by opportunities for improving the human condition.

Responsible Tourism may be regarded most basically as the application of the notion of sustainable (economic) development to the tourism sector - tourism that wisely uses and conserves resources in order to ensure their long-term feasibility. In essence, this form of tourism involves the minimizing of negative impacts while maximizing positive impacts.