The right place for “Green tourism” are not only protected natural environments. It has to take place in any tourist destination, may it be a thriving metropolis, a desert, rural village, sub-tropical island or a medieval town. Sleeping green is a good start.
We believe it is a shared responsibility to make tourism environmentally friendlier and more ethical. We have therefore compiled some general information about responsible (also called sustainable) tourism and also some “green” and responsible travel tips that you as a traveler can easily follow. Before giving examples on how you can help tourism become a force for good, let’s explore the concept of sustainable tourism. The idea of sustainable tourism includes the three pillars of sustainability: the environmental factor, the social factor and the economic factor. Translated to tourism this means all tourism players (accommodation providers, travel agencies, tour and transport operators, local communities, and of course the tourists) should operate or behave in a way that the environmental degradation and negative impact on social communities is minimized as much as possible or in other words environmental integrity, social justice and the local economic benefit are maximized.
Please refer to our Environmental Policy Statement to learn what we are doing to make a difference and reduce our impact.
So what is it a traveler like you can do to positively influence the direction of tourism?
First of all, become aware of your own impact on the local territory. Who’s aware of one’s own travel behavior can determine the influence on the local community and the environment.
Thanks for your attention!
Your Sleep Green team