Responsible tourism is our choice.

Many people do travel. Now, more than ever, human beings are exploring the world around them.

However, the way people travel can be different: joining cruises, staying in a resorts, visiting theme parks, it’s not the same as meeting local artisan or joining a cooking class in a grandma house.

In the first case we are talking about mass tourism, that has characterized most of the 80’s and 90’s, which is a multi-trillion dollar industry focused on generating income.

Therefore, most of the money made by mass tourism goes to large transnational companies instead of remaining in the place you visit.

In fact it’s just making money and imposing rules and standards to any territories in which mass tourism agencies are present.

And then there’s another kind of tourism made by local people for local people, respecting traditions, territories and environments.

A tourism that supports the local communities and minimizes negative economic, environmental and social impacts.

This is the concept of responsible tourism. A process that involves local people in decisions that affect their lives; makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage; provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues.

I know that I have emphasized the positive aspects of one and the negative of the other, but we, as Feelitaly, have made this choice.

We decided to preserve our culture, our territory and our traditions and we want you to live this authentic experience.

We made this choice; you can make yours!

But remember, Greta is watching you, also because she is never at school 😉

 

by Andrea R.