Responsible Tourism

The classifications of Responsible Tourism are based on sustainable management,and reach cultural,economic and environment responsibilities. RESPONSIBLE TOURISM arrangement will help in bringing about a memorable holiday experience for you to Kutch.

Responsible Tourism Policies – tourism makes a variety of forms that is characterised by travel and tourism which.

– Minimises negative economic, environmental and social impacts,

– Generates greater economic benefits for local people and improve the well being of host communities, improves working conditions,

– Involves local people in decision that affect their lives and life chances,

– Makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage,to the maintenance of the world’s diversity,

– Provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people,and greater understanding of local cultural,social and environmental issues,

– Culturally sensitive,engenders respect between tourists and hosts,and builds local pride and confidence.

Finger Tips

– Learn about the place and its culture.

– Remember that each places in the Kutch is unique.

– Be aware of religious and social customs.

– and behave respectfully especially in villages, religious and cultural areas.

– Learn key words in the local language.

– Respect the dignity and privacy of others – ask before taking photos.

Minimise environmental impact

– Dispose of rubbish carefully, recycle where possible, and reuse your drink bottles and shopping bags.

– Minimise water and energy use.

– environmentally responsible tour operators.

Support local initiatives

– Purchase local products, arts and crafts.

– Eat local rather than imported food.

– Support local tour operators, guides, transportation and stay in locally owned accommodations.

– If you want to gift money, support community projects rather than individuals.

– Pay a fair price.

– Bargaining for goods/ handicrafts/ may not be appropriate behavior.

– If the price is negotiable, pay a price that is fair for the seller and maker.

Think about your impact

– Remember you are a guest – always behave respectfully.

– Make your trip a positive experience for both you and the people in the country / place you visit.

Responsible Travel

Responsible travel is a new way of travelling for those who have had enough of mass tourism. When we visit attractive places it’s natural to want our holidays to have a positive impact on local people and their environments. Responsible travel is about more authentic holiday experiences that enable you to get a little bit more out of your travels, and give a little bit more back to destinations and local people.

“Responsible travel maximises the benefits, and minimises the negative effects of tourism.”

Before you travel

– Read up on local cultures and learn a few words of the local language – travelling with respect earns you respect.

– Remove all excess packaging – waste disposal is difficult in remote places and developing tourism destinations.

– Ask your tour operator for specific tips for responsible travel in your destination.

– Ask your tour operator/hotel if there are useful gifts that you could pack for your hosts, local people or schools.

– Ask your tour operator whether there are local conservation or social projects that you could visit on your trip, and if/how you could help support them.

While on holiday

– Buy local produce in preference to imported goods.

– Hire a local guide – you’ll discover more about local culture and lives, and they will earn an income.

– Do not buy products made from endangered species, such as ancient artifacts.

– Respect local cultures, traditions and holy places – if in doubt ask advice or don’t visit.

– Use public transport, hire a bike or walk when convenient – its a great way to meet local people on their terms and reduce pollution and carbon emissions.

– Use water carefully – its very precious in many countries and tourists tend to use far more than local people.

– Remember that local people have different ways of thinking and concepts of time, this just makes them different not wrong –    cultivate the habit of asking questions (rather than the Western habit of knowing the answers).

When you get back

Responsible travel is about bringing you closer to local cultures and environments by involving local people in tourism. It’s about doing this in a reasonable way that helps ensure that they will give you an even warmer welcome.

If you’ve promised to send pictures or gifts to local people remember to do so, many are promised and not all arrive!

Enjoy the memories, reflect on your experience.

What is Responsible Traveller?

Responsible travel is about bringing you closer to local cultures and environments by involving local people in tourism. It’s about doing this in a reasonable way that helps ensure that they will give you an even warmer welcome.

Understand that travelling in smaller groups makes local people and cultures more accessible. The responsible traveller prefers smaller groups, and to meet some local people (as well as fellow travellers).

The responisble traveller values authenticity – experiences integral to local people’s traditions, cultures and rituals.

The responsible traveler knows that certain cultural experiences are first kept private, and theat their visit would be a disturbance. Please believe that travelling with respect earns them respect.

Rediscovering Nature

Responsible travel is about re-discovering how to experience nature and to be in it, feeling it, smelling it and learning about it rather that just looking at it. Through this they replenish their souls.

The responsible traveller understands local people’s relationship with environments, and that income from tourism can be a powerful incentive for conservation. The responsible traveler values diversity – diversity of people, cultures and environments.