Young are the future of sustainable tourism

Young are the future of sustainable tourism

by Anwen Mojela

Sustainable tourism development refers to creating and maintaining a functional tourism industry in a particular location while ensuring that the industry is as sustainable as possible. It is aimed at preserving natural wildlife, reducing the harming of local culture, and providing social and economic benefits for local residents.

Youth can act as advocates for responsible tourism practices by raising awareness among tourists about the impact of their travel choices on the environment and local communities. The power of youth in driving sustainable tourism development is our focus this week. Tourism is an industry that has the potential to bring significant economic benefits, but it can also have negative impacts on the environment and local communities.

Sustainable tourism development aims to balance economic benefits and the need to protect the environment and local communities’ well-being. In this context, youth can play an important role in promoting and implementing sustainable tourism practices.

Youth have the energy, creativity, and passion to drive change and make a difference. They are often the ones most affected by the negative impacts of tourism and are more likely to be open to new ideas and ways of doing things. With their unique perspectives, they can contribute to the development of sustainable tourism policies and practices that consider the interests of future generations.

This can include promoting responsible tourism behaviours such as reducing waste, conserving water and energy, and respecting local cultures and customs. Youth can also advocate for more sustainable tourism policies and practices at the national and international levels.