COMMITMENT TO RESPONSIBLE TOURISM


Being mindful of the debates at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in 1999, which asserted the importance of the economic, social and environment aspects of sustainable development and of the interests of indigenous peoples and local communities in particular, and aware of the guidelines for sustainable tourism in vulnerable ecosystems developed in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity:

Lorton Consulting and our Associates commit to making our contribution to move towards a more balanced relationship between hosts and guests in destinations, and to create better places for local communities and indigenous peoples.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
 Minimises negative economic, environmental and social impacts
 Generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities, improves working conditions and access to the industry
 Involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances
 Makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to the maintenance of the world’s diversity
 Provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues
 Provides access for physically challenged people
 Is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts