Tourism businesses and stakeholders are increasingly required to implement sustainable tourism practices. Businesses that do not implement these practices, face escalating business costs and must answer to increasingly aware and informed tourists, who want to know that businesses use eco-friendly products, source their goods from local producers, pay fair wages to their staff, reduce their environmental footprint through e.g. energy and water saving, separate, manage and recycle their waste and so on. Tourists can influence the move towards more sustainable business practices by supporting the businesses that do implement and communicate responsible practices.
Sustainable businesses are businesses that have adopted these basic principles and more
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), says that sustainable tourism is a tourism that “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities”. In other words, sustainable tourism is a tourism that finds the balance between brining prosperity to local communities, delivering quality and good service to the tourist and looking after the natural environment.
The N3 Gateway aims to make tourism work optimally as an economic enabler, a job creator and a vehicle to reducing negative environmental impacts and increase positive social impacts along the N3 corridor. Through its marketing initiatives, the N3 Gateway creates greater awareness amongst tourists and tourism stakeholders of the role that they can play in supporting a sustainable tourism industry. The N3 Gateway works in partnership with its members to build member capacity and to help identify and develop projects that will facilitate sustainable tourism development. The N3 Gateway efforts include:
Refer to the N3 Gateway website for regular updates. We will add information on businesses that implement sustainable business practices over time.