Our evolving approach to sustainable tourism
What is sustainable tourism?
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Sustainable tourism strives to benefit – or at times at least not harm – local communities, economies, animals, plants, and habitats.
What does sustainable tourism look like?
Tourism that benefits people
All or most of tourists' money stays in the local economy. More jobs are created for locals (versus imported personnel). Locals are upskilled and included in management positions. Tourists choose small, independent accommodations and other tourist-facing businesses that are owned by locals. Everyone respects local communities (versus exploiting or mocking them).
Sustainable tourism is primarily an industry issue, not a traveller issue. The industry needs to change to offer travellers better, more sustainable options.
Tourism that protects natural environments
Limiting the number of daily tourists that can visit popular attractions (like historical ruins, coral reefs and endangered animal populations). Drivers, bikers and hikers sticking to the track (to avoid disrupting animals, trampling vegetation and prompting soil erosion). Travelling by train instead of by air whenever possible. Visitors not littering or leaving behind used toilet paper. Visitors obeying park rules (like not engraving trees and only making fires in designated spots). Everyone respecting local animal populations (not trying to get too close to wildlife or startling them for reactions, for instance). Park entrance fees being used for conservation efforts (like anti-poaching efforts, tree planting and habitat regeneration). Accommodations making an effort to have eco-friendly practices (for instance, buying produce locally and using solar power). Fees for responsible animal interactions (like gorilla trekking or a visit to an animal orphanage) being used to support animal conservation efforts.
Our current sustainable tourism efforts at Follow Alice
1. We work with local leaders and crews
2. We're a member of KPAP
Treat our porters well, which includes ensuring they're properly clothed and fed, aren't overloaded, and are looked after medically when needed. Pay our porters according to industry guidelines. Train our porters and offer advancement opportunities. Educate our clients on proper Kilimanjaro tipping practice .
We think that one of the very best ways for Follow Alice to engage in corporate responsibility is for us to do what we're already doing, but do it in the most ethical and sustainable ways possible.
3. We follow the Leave No Trace principles
Plan ahead and prepare. Travel and camp on durable services. Dispose of waste properly. Leave what you find. Minimise campfire impacts. Respect wildlife. Be considerate of others.
4. Lots of money stays in host countries
The people and environment that experience the influx and strain of tourists should benefit monetarily from the experience.
5. We look for eco-friendly accommodations
What we avoid at Follow Alice
An ethical employer who looks after its employees and offers opportunities for local entrepreneurs. A tour operator that offers the most sustainable adventure trips possible.
Partnering with you on your projects
Pointing you in a good direction
Adventure travel is a more sustainable form of travel
When a tour operator offers adventure trips, they're offering people more sustainable travel options.