Sustainability in travel and tourism is no longer an optional "nice to have", but a business imperative. Our customers need inspiring and transformative experiences that positively contribute to the people and places they are visiting. Our destinations need solid long-term management approaches to ensure tourism remains a positive force for good, for visitors and residents alike. GSTC Ecotourism standard focusing on below principals.
Principle 1 : Sustainability Management is an act of balancing the conflict between economic development and sustainability. As such it must thoughtfully develop by company considering needs of resources, interest parties, risk and crisis management, legal compliance, then put into action by limiting resource depletion to achieve planned result. These actions translate into policies to support company business success by maintaining economic viability, nourishing needs of present and future generations.
Principal 2 : Social and Economic of local community is benefit by providing economic opportunity to increase standard of living whilst improving social condition. These actions in directly maintain ecological resource integrity and reduce carbon footprint through low impact, non-consumptive resource use of local resources. For customer it shall provide accessible to site, encouraging them contribute to community in responsible manner, which actually encouraged them to live more sustainable at home.
Principal 3 : Cultural heritage reflect how human being developed by a community, transmitted generation to generation therefore it is vital to preserve because it keeps our integrity as a people. Hence site shall be protected by law prevent exploitation or deterioration, make available of committed fund to rehabilitates or restoration identified tangible or intangible cultural assets, whilst accurate interpretation must communicate with visitor to ensure they behave when visit a cultural sensitive site.
Principal 4 : Environmental aspect is the way your activities impact the environment, therefore company must have a system to manage it at its threshold level, acquire sustainable benefits both for present and future population, and make public available if needed. The system shall aimed at protection, monitoring, improvement, scientific management of the biodiversity, comply applicable law and accurate interpretation to minimize adverse impacts.
In today market place, many tourism businesses claimed they provide sustainable ecotourism experience, however only certification by 3rd party certification body according to GSTC standard is to protect integrity of tourism business by distinguish genuine ecotourism businesses from other that make faulty claims.
Achieving GSTC accredited certification shall benefit tourism businesses not only highly regard as an organization that comply to legal, social, environmental safety and health standards, but also an evident they're operating an effective sustainable management system that care for future and not merely only for presence. In additional each of their employee that went through certification process also learn element of sustainability in their operation, focus change on their businesses, responsible and respect to cultural and biodiversity, and to encourage them to live more sustainable in their living lifestyle.
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