Explore Tibet newly launches Responsible Travel and Tourism and introduces it to Travelers and says:” Being a local Tibet travel company, Explore Tibet has a particular responsibility to introduce the practices of Responsible Tourism in Tibet.
Our rich culture, indigenous tradition and unpolluted environment are the core values of preservation, so that future generations can enjoy the essence of what Tibet represents. Though its influence is limited, Explore Tibet is proud to be one of the first local companies that implement the practices of Responsible Tourism in Tibet. “
What is Responsible Tourism?
Globally, tourism has become one of the world’s largest and fastest growing industries and is a main source of income for many countries and individuals. Despite this, tourism has been neglected by some as it tends to impact it’s host country and the increasingly negative consequences has drawn attention from World Tourism Organization as well as individuals. These growing numbers of concerns about the negative impacts of tourism has introduced the practice of Responsible Tourism.
Responsible Tourism aims to achieve the triple-bottom line outcome of sustainable development which is Local Economic Growth, Environmental Integrity and Social Justice by maximizing the positive impacts and minimizing the negative impacts. In a nut shell, Responsible Tourism is define as tourism “that creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit.”
How does Explore Tibet practice Responsible Tourism?
Tibet tour guides and staff of Explore Tibet will attend annual Eco-tourism trainings supported by Columbia University through the Tibetan Village Project. These trainings enrich our staff with knowledge and Responsible Tourism awareness. Explore Tibet employs local Tibetans as guides, drivers, cooks and porters for all the Tibet trips.
Explore Tibet takes the following measures to practice Responsible Tourism:
Providing fair wage to our staff and hirers;
All our tours and activities are customized by knowing the local culture and our clientele’s needs;
encouraging the native culture by using local owned hotels, family run guesthouses, restaurants and handicraft shops while retaining the respect for our clients’ needs;
Encourage the local economic development by designing tours that travel through small villages and using their services and products;
Teaching precise information to clients about etiquette and social norms, thereby preventing unintentional negative situations;
Reducing our impact by leading the trips in small groups, minimizing our carbon footprint;
During the Tibet tour, Explore Tibet decreases the waste produced by practicing the principles of LEAVE NO TRACE including respecting wildlife and leaving what they find.