Statement of Commitment to Sustainable Tourism Development
1. Commitment to sustainable development and management of tourism
1.1 We regard Sustainable Tourism Development as a guiding concept for the sound management of our
1.2 We define Sustainable Development as the development that meets the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
1.3 We are committed to developing, operating, and marketing tourism in a sustainable manner; that is, all
forms of tourism which makes a positive contribution to the natural and cultural environment, which generate
benefits for the host communities, and which do not put at risk the future livelihood of local people
1.4 As Tour Operators, we believe that we can be significant contributors to Sustainable Tourism Development.
We will strive to anticipate and prevent economic, environmental, social, and cultural degradation. We will work
towards integrating these considerations into our operations and activities.
1.5 We are entering into a partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World
Tourism Organization (WTO/OMT), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
(UNESCO), to improve our performance to achieve sustainable development and management of tourism.
2. Principles of sustainable development and management of tourism
2.1 We recognize that tourism can contribute to the viability of local economies. We also recognize that tourism
can negatively impact the economy, environment, nature, social structures, and local cultures. In the long-term
the interest of host communities and our industry will endeavour to prevent or minimize these impacts.
2.2 We are committed to complying with local, national, and international laws and regulations applicable to our
2.3 We oppose and actively discourage illegal, abusive, or exploitative forms of tourism.
2.4 We are committed to a continual attempt to improve our performance in the context of sustainable
development and management of tourism.
2.5 We will manage and monitor the environmental, cultural, and social impacts of our activities
2.6 We will strive to pursue the best practices in all our activities - internally and when forming business
With partners, suppliers, and sub-contractors - especially about: responsible use of natural resources (e.g., land, soil, energy, water)
Reducing, minimizing, and preventing pollution and waste (e.g., solid and liquid waste, emissions to air)
Conserving plants, animals, ecosystems, and protected areas (biodiversity)
Conserving landscapes, cultural and natural heritage respecting the integrity of local cultures, and avoiding negative
Effects on social structures
Involving, and co-operating with, local communities and people
Using local products and skills
2.7 We will encourage our partners, suppliers, and sub-contractors to improve their contribution to sustainable
development and management of tourism. We will work with them and share information to assist in this.
2.8 We will seek greater co-operation within the tourism industry and between this industry and the public
sector to further Sustainable Tourism.
2.9 We shall encourage and seek to co-operate with national and local authorities, local communities, or any
other interested party, to develop and implement the integrated planning and management of destinations to
preserve the quality and sustainability of these destinations.
2.10 We will develop these principles into a corporate policy. As part of this, we will define measurable goals
and monitor and report publicly on our progress.
3. Public awareness and communication
3.1 We wish to create awareness and active involvement among our customers towards the natural, social and
cultural environment of the places they visit. Further, we want to encourage host communities and our
customers to better understand and mutual respect for one another.
3.2 We will endeavour in our public communication and advertising to promote behaviour and activities
compatible with the principles of sustainable development and management of tourism.
3.3 We will encourage other tour operators to support this statement