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The Benefits Of Responsible Tourism

It saves you money, adds value to your product, meets consumer demand, provides positive results, increases authentic experiences, provides opportunities for disadvantage groups, and promotes pro-poor, increases authentic experiences.


It saves you money

Being more efficient in the use of energy generates immediate cost savings, for example Sofitel Dalat Palace Hotel can save 20% of its electricity cost every month by applying more efficient policies in power consumption.

- You can save as much as 10% a year on your heating and cooling costs by simply turning the thermostat back by 1
- Increasing a refrigerator’s temperature by only 1
C can reduce its energy consumption by 2-4%

It adds value to your product

Consumers feel good that they are supporting something that is positively contributing to the protection of the environment and is supporting local people economically and socially. Following Responsible Tourism principles will enhance your reputation and help you stand out from the competition.

- Create competitive advantages

- Increase value and demand

- Increase customer loyalty and satisfaction

It meets consumer demand

- 93% of Conde Nast Travellers surveyed readers said that travel companies should be responsible for protecting the environment

- 58% of the same survey responders said their hotel choice is influenced by the support the hotel gives to the local community

- 50% of TripAdvisor travellers are willing to spend more money to stay at an eco-friendly accommodation

It provides positive results

- Implementing good employment conditions leads to a happier workforce and increased productivity. 

- Looking after natural areas in tourism destinations leads to increased repeat visitation and safeguards connected businesses in the long term.

A healthy environment generates healthy tourism

Both locals and visitors enjoy seeing and experiencing the beauty of a clean and healthy natural environment.  If we look after the environment not only for our own enjoyment and health we are also developing a country in Vietnam that is attractive for tourists and will see them coming back over time.

It provides opportunities for disadvantage groups

Responsible Tourism brings significant new job opportunities for woman, youth and ethnic minorities. Specifically in hospitality related occupations, where positions such as front desk, in restaurants or in housekeeping are mainly represented by women or younger people.

It promotes pro-poor

Responsible Tourism enables the local communities to actively take part in and benefit from tourism as well as have a say in the development of tourism thereby directly helping to alleviate poverty at the local level.

Increases authentic experiences

Responsible Tourism provides travellers with “real” or “authentic” cultural and nature-based experiences that meets tourists’ search for authenticity instead of contrived, manufactured experiences such as unabridged cultural performances instead of commercialised performances, or viewing wildlife in their natural habitat instead of captive environments.

Created Date: 4/3/2014
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