Travel Responsibility

FTO Responsible Tourism Committee - Statement of Commitment

 
1. Commitment to sustainable development and management of Tourism
 1.1. We commit to work towards developing, operating and marketing tourism in a sustainable
manner; ie. tourism which makes a positive contribution to the natural and cultural
environment, which generate benefits for the host communities, and which do not put at risk
the future livelihood of local people.
 
1.2. As Tour Operators we believe that we can be important contributors to Sustainable Tourism
Development. We will strive to anticipate and prevent economic, environmental, social and
cultural degradation. We will work towards integrating these considerations into our
operations and activities.
 
2. Principles of sustainable development and management of tourism
 2.1. We recognise that tourism can contribute to the viability of local economies, and that
tourism can have negative impacts on the economy, environment, nature, social structures
and local cultures. In the long-term interest of host communities and our industry, we will
endeavour to prevent or minimise these impacts.
2.2. We are committed to complying with local, national and international laws and regulations
applicable to our business activities.
2.3. We oppose and actively discourage illegal, abusive or exploitative forms of tourism.
2.3.1. In particular, we support the work of ECPAT (Elimination of Child Prostitution and
Trafficking) and will endeavour to work with them in developing guidelines for Tour
Operators and their customers
2.4. We are committed to a continual attempt to improve our performance in the context of
sustainable development and management of tourism.
2.5. We will manage and monitor the environmental, cultural and social impacts of our activities.
2.5.1. In particular, we will endeavour to adopt, as appropriate, the steps and
procedures of the FTO Integrated Responsible Tourism Programme (IRTP),
and agree to supply such documentation, as may be required by the FTO, to
verify that we have successfully completed the necessary steps.
2.6. We will strive to pursue best practice in all our activities - internally and when forming
business relationships with partners, suppliers and sub-contractors.
2.6.1. We endeavour to make responsible use of natural resources (e.g. land, soil, energy,
water)
 2.6.2. We are committed to reducing, minimizing and preventing pollution and waste (e.g.
solid and liquid waste, emissions to air)
2.6.3. We are committed to conserving plants, animals, ecosystems and protected areas
(biodiversity)
2.6.4. We are committed to conserving landscapes, cultural and natural heritage,
respecting the integrity of local cultures and avoiding negative effects on social
structures
2.6.5. We are committed to involving, and co-operating with, local communities and people
2.6.6. We are committed to using local products and skills wherever practicable.
2.7. We will encourage our partners, suppliers and sub-contractors to improve their contribution
to sustainable development and management of tourism, and will work with them and share
information to assist in this.
2.8. We will seek greater co-operation within the tourism industry and between this industry and
the public sector in order to further Sustainable Tourism.
2.8.1. In particular, we commit to supporting the Travel Foundation by joining the Travel
Foundation Forum
 2.9. We shall encourage and seek to co-operate with national and local authorities, local
communities, or any other interested party, to develop and implement the integrated
planning and management of destinations in order to preserve the quality and sustainability
of these destinations.
 2.10. Within twelve calendar months of signing this commitment, we will develop these principles
into a corporate policy. As part of this we will define measurable goals, and will monitor and
report publicly on our progress.
 
3. Public awareness and communication
 3.1. We will endeavour in our public communication and advertising to promote behaviour and
activities compatible with the principles of sustainable development and management of
tourism

We support the principles of The FTO RT Committee as outlined in this document.
FTO member company: Vietnam Backroads Bicycle Tours
Date: Jan 2010