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!
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