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Sustainable tourism needs to be built with the help of locals

An often-overlooked aspect of sustainable tourism is the vital role of local communities. Sustainable tourism isn't merely about reducing carbon footprints or ensuring eco-friendly accommodations. At its heart, it's about creating a form of tourism that not only conserves the environment but also respects and uplifts the indigenous culture and economy.

Local communities hold in-depth knowledge about their natural and cultural landscapes. By involving them in tourism initiatives, we ensure a more authentic, respectful, and enriching experience for travelers. Moreover, by giving locals a stake in the success of tourism, we can ensure the industry develops in a way that directly benefits them, reducing potential conflicts and exploitation.

But beyond these practical aspects, there's a profounder implication. Sustainable tourism, when built on the foundation of local engagement, celebrates a form of travel that is more connected, more understanding, and more humane. It encourages travelers to not just see a destination, but to truly understand and immerse themselves in it.

In an age where over-tourism threatens fragile ecosystems and cultural sanctities, turning to locals for guidance and collaboration may well be the best way forward for the travel industry. 

To discuss more on how the tourism industry is addressing these issues please visit EcoCheck — Intertek Cristal (


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