What is a responsible travel agency?

Today, the world is becoming more aware of the need to give importance to the environment, the local economy and the preservation of the culture of each region. This is also evident in the world of travel agencies. But how can you be sure that a travel agency is responsible?

The human is put forward

A responsible travel agency is an agency that puts people first before profits. For this type of travel agency, all the people who work on its behalf deserve to be valued. To prove this, the agency can, for example, devote a page on its website to talk about the people who make up their strength. These people can be hostesses, guides, advisors or other men or women who are faces of the agency. To value them, the agency must regularly train them and pay them fair wages.

The promotion of humanity also concerns respect for the local people, their habits and customs, and their cultures. The agency must therefore inform the traveller about the appropriate behaviour to adopt in order to respect the premises.

The contribution to local development

A responsible travel agency will not simply be satisfied with the benefits it derives from its activities. To really get involved in sustainable and eco-responsible tourism, it does not hesitate to make its contribution to developing the economy and preserving the environment of the destination country. To do this, it applies fair prices, without presenting too much profit margin and without the tariffs being too low either. It supports the actions of organisations and associations that aim to improve the economy and the environment. It also gives part of the money it earns to local services, always in order to support the development of the destination country.

The proposal of a wide range of activities that do not harm the environment

The activities offered are part of the offers that travel agencies use to attract customers. For a responsible travel agency, many of the activities it promotes must be related to nature. There are, for example, tours to discover the country, its people and its biodiversity, outdoor activities and others to reconnect with nature. The impact on the environment must be minimized to preserve it, as must the ecological footprint. If an agency only offers activities that increase pollution, it is not a responsible agency.

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