Sustainable tourism is simple: it is having a great time on holiday while at the same time making a positive contribution to the people, places and communities that make it happen. Sure, there are a whole lot of economic, social and environmental issues to take into consideration when deciding whether it is a legitimately sustainable business, but the great thing is that EcoAtlas has done the job for you!
For me, a genuinely good holiday starts and ends with people. Real service is delivered with a sincere smile; great experiences are enhanced by a knowledgeable and passionate guide; and sustainable tourism businesses have a positive impact on the people that work there, as well as their families and communities. It’s a win-win: I get a great experience, and give back to those same people just by being there.
During my years of working in the field of sustainable tourism, I have had the great privilege of visiting many tourism businesses that do an amazing work of ensuring that tourism is a force for positive change. Across South Africa, small and large businesses ranging from budget to luxury are creating fabulous experiences for their guests, and a better life for their people. I am going to share some of these stories with you in this blog. They are about the hard work, dedication, pride and purpose of normal people with dreams and visions of a better future.
About the author:
Katarina Mancama is passionate about sustainable tourism. She holds a Master’s degree in Responsible Tourism and has dedicated her career to ensuring that tourism benefits the people, places and communities that make it happen. She is the founder of Simply South Africa, a web-based platform for people that want to Explore hidden gems, Experience up-close and personal encounters with people and places & Embrace South Africa by making sustainable choices: