Namibia: What is Sustainable Tourism? Why Responsible Tourism? Pros and Cons? How does it work? Who is involved & how?

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Responsible / Sustainable Tourism has become a key issue in most countries around the globe that see high levels of tourist movements and activities. Since the early 1990's, Namibia counts amongst them due to ongoing growth in arrivals of foreign tourists, a substantial increase in domestic and regional tourism as well as a dramatic growth in general overland and air traffic following the country's Independence.

Although discussions surrounding responsible tourism often appear to refer to the activities undertaken for/by foreign holiday visitors only,

the additional growth areas mentioned above will have to be included in any strategies and policies to be developed towards meaningful solutions for Namibia.

There is no doubt that any form of travelling and utilisation of natural resources are closely intertwined in our country. Their impact has to be counteracted in one way or another, if Namibia is to remain ecologically intact for inhabitants and visitors alike. Maintaining those extraordinary qualities that made Namibia a unique travel destination in the first place, is a must for many other good reasons as well.

   

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Cultural Tourism,
a little developed area of the Namibian tourism industry until 1990, became a very important aspect of sustainable activities for and with foreign visitors.
Organising cultural tours that actively and responsibly involve ethnic communities in rural Namibia became one of the most viable economic empowerment opportunities, especially for young African entrepreneurs.

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