Celebrate Sustainable Tourism on World Tourism Day!

Celebrate the International Year of Sustainable Tourism on World Tourism Day by traveling, enjoying and respecting destinations around the world! As someone who blogs about sustainable travel, I meet a lot of people who don’t understand what it is. The truth is, neither did I when I first started solo traveling. At the time, all I wanted to do was encourage people to travel more. Yet with over 1.235 million international travelers last year, I now know there is no need to encourage people to travel more, but rather to travel more sustainably.

As an industry that is built on dreams, it is difficult to imagine that travel can bring some very intense problems to destinations. These problems include gentrification, child prostitution, economic leakages, and pollution. I personally experienced these problems from the many times that I went to Boracay.

However, if created sustainably, travel can bridge cultures, provide jobs and protect the environment as well. That is why the UNWTO named 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. They state that, “tourism can contribute to all the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental – and each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Not only does the sector spearhead growth, it also improves the quality of people’s lives. It can bolster environmental protection, champion diverse cultural heritage, and strengthen peace in the world.”

So celebrate World Tourism Day by protecting the places that you love!

#WTD2017 #IY2017 #TravelEnjoyRespect #SDGs

  • Lien De Wispelaere

    I love the idea of sustainable tourism, but it is not always so easy to actually do it whilst traveling…

    • It can be difficult. Often times I have inadvertently gone with an unsustainable tour operator, but if you plan appropriately, it can be achievable!

  • Claudia

    This is a really important issue. I am glad The United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and I really hope it´s going to change something. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jasmine Ariel

    I can’t explain how much I love seeing more and more companies within the tourism, as well as those who travel, embrace sustainable tourism. I actually majored in Hospitality & Tourism in college, and one of my favorite courses that really made me open by eyes was a course in sustainable tourism.

  • Nuraini Arsad (Teja)

    I agree that in our age there isn’t a need to encourage travel – but there is in fact a pressing need to convert all that travel into sustainable travel. There’s a great deal of publicity imbalance between tourism providers that are sustainable (and in SE Asia, even just ‘law-abiding’), and the advertising heft of conventional tourism. I think travel bloggers should understand what is and isn’t sustainable tourism, and help correct that imbalance.

  • Amanda Koh

    I love this! I deal with sustainable related business at work too for the tourism industry and people don’t really understand what this is so this article is amazing! Some people that I’ve spoken to also don’t realise how big the tourism and hospitality industry is and what a difference every single person can make 🙂

  • jacklyn.

    I couldn’t agree any more that we need to become more sustainable in our travels. Traveling, while great for the person experiencing the new destinations, etc, can have awful effects on the locals and I love that you touched on this – especially on world tourism day!

  • Ana Grozea

    Short to the point and powerful message. I totally agree with you. We travel to discover new places and new cultures. We must respect what we discover and conduct accordingly. The way I want travelers to respect my country, my culture, my traditions, that’s how I should respect theirs.

  • Chloe Gibson

    That video is so powerful. I love that you’re raising awareness for sustainable travel. I can’t believe there are so many tourists every year. It’s true that’s why it’s so important to travel with respect etc.

  • Tatum Vanilla-Princess Skipper

    Everyone who travels needs to see this. I wish people were more cautious and aware of traveling and our affect we have on the world. Some people can be real asshole travelers who kill it for everyone else!