Responsible tourism, solidarity, fair trade or ecotourism… the field of sustainable tourism has an incalculable number of variants. What all these concepts have in common is respect for the principles of sustainable development.
Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. —Brundtland, 1987
If the objective of these forms of alternative tourism is to take into account “current and future economic, social and environmental impacts” (World Tourism Organization), it is difficult today to differentiate these terms. Often confused, the nuances between them are sometimes very subtle. What are the differences between these endings?
In order to help you better understand the notion of sustainable tourism, we offer you, in this dedicated page, a series of definitions of the different concepts. The following list is not exhaustive.
The different forms of sustainable tourism
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) defines sustainable or responsible tourism as: Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, by meeting the needs of visitors, professionals, the environment and host communities.
Responsible tourism is a voluntary process by the traveler or tour operator. Responsible travel means minimizing its impact on the environment and on the local way of life as much as possible.
This is a philosophy directly inspired by sustainable development. It encompasses all forms of tourism respectful of the environment and concerned with the well-being of the host populations.
Community tourism is a form of tourism in which hospitality is fully managed by the local populations.
It consists of discovering a destination at your own pace. More than a form of tourism, this movement is a real way of life that meets local people and thinks outside the box.
A concept directly inspired by fair trade, fair tourism allows fairer remuneration for local communities.
Its aim is to build relationships between the host populations and the traveler. Reinventing hospitality, the traveler actively participates in local life.
Ecotourism is a form of tourism that respects the environment and the well-being of populations. It is practiced exclusively in the natural environment and must be a viable financial source for the host communities.
Solidarity tourism allows the creation of a bond of solidarity between the traveler and the populations. A financial contribution from the traveler or tour operator is donated to local development projects. Local communities are stakeholders in these projects, the purpose of which is to improve their living conditions.
Agrotourism is a form of sustainable tourism in agricultural settings. It can be done in several ways: accommodation in a guest room, tour of the property, tasting of local products. Its goal is to facilitate the meeting with the producer and to perpetuate their activity by allowing them to diversify.
Ethical and sustainable stay, humanitarian tourism contributes to improving the living conditions of local populations. Passing on knowledge and helping local development are all tasks in which tourists are called upon to participate.
Sustainable tourism is the concept that oversees and guides the spirit, the logistics, the quality of the meetings and the activities suggested in each of our stays.
We are convinced that our positive behaviors, now and in the future, will transform our explorations into acts beneficial to the environment and the populations encountered.