At Pure Space, we have adopted an ethos of sustainable tourism and we are using ecotourism guidelines to give ourselves a structured set of criteria to aim for so that we are involved in a continual process of finding the best ways for us to tread lightly on the earth.
Some definitions in a sea of terms:
Sustainable tourism is tourism development that avoids damage to the environment, economy and cultures of the locations where it takes place. The aim of sustainable tourism is to ensure that development is a positive experience for local people; tourism companies; and tourists themselves.
Responsible Tourism is tourism ‘that creates better places for people to live in and better places to visit.
Ecotourism is “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990)
Sustainable Tourism development is “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.” UNWTO
For an in-depth exploration of the terminology in use around sustainable tourism, check out this article from Alandis Travel: An A-Z of Sustainable Tourism Definitions