Benefits of Sustainable Tourism

What is the result of responsible tourism practices?

Although it is true that tourism has major repercussions on a country’s economy, sustainable management of the measures implemented enables other sectors such as culture, society or the environment to reap benefits as well. In this way, sustainable tourism is a practice that is increasingly present as a development strategy and which aims to remain active in the future. The following are the main areas that benefit from sustainable tourism practices:

Faced with the repercussion of tourism on our surroundings, the environment is one of the main beneficiaries of sustainable tourism practices in the fight to reduce the negative impact that it can have.

Some examples in this regard are, among others, improvements to the conservation of natural heritage, creating management models that enable a balanced development of flora and fauna through impact studies as well as the promotion of tourism activities that are compatible with nature.

With regard to cultural heritage as the key element of each territory’s identity, benefits are also obtained from sustainable tourism through good practices (link to article Good Practices for Sustainable Tourism). This helps promote the protection of cultural elements of social interest such as archaeological sites and architectural monuments. Additionally, this can raise awareness of the value of cultural heritage to society, promoting intercultural respect.

Finally, sustainable tourism generates social benefits that help improve quality of life and the balanced development of each locale. In this way, a link is forged between local communities and tourism activity that brings about the cultural exchange, as well as assisting social inclusion and helping to create jobs.