Responsible Tourism is about taking responsibility for making tourism sustainable and about what people do to address the many specific challenges we face. Being responsible tourists is what we will always aim for with our clients in all the activities and excursions of Akilpo.

What is Sustainable Tourism?

Attempting to make as low an impact as possible on the environment and local culture, whilst helping to generate income, employment, and conserve ocal ecosystems. This is Responsible Tourism that is both ecologically and culturally sensitive. Rather than being a type of product, it is an ethos that underpins all tourism activities. As such, it is integral to all aspects of tourism development and management rather than being an add-on component.

Thus, sustainable tourism activities have minimal impact on the environment and the culture of the host community.

Sustainability principles

These principles refer to the environmental, economic, and socio-cultural aspects of tourism development, and a suitable balance that we must establish between these three dimensions to guarantee its long-term sustainability. Thus, sustainable tourism should:

    • Make optimal use of the environmental resources that we and that constitute a key element in tourism development, maintaining the essential ecological processes and helping to conserve our natural heritage and biodiversity.
    • Respect the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities, conserve their built and living cultural heritage and traditional values, and contribute to inter-cultural understanding and tolerance.
    • Ensure viable, long-term economic operations, providing socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders that are fairly distributed, including stable employment and income-earning opportunities and social services to host communities, and contributing to poverty alleviation.

The Objective

To retain the economic and social advantages of tourism development whilst reducing or mitigating any undesirable impacts on the natural, historic, cultural or social environments. This is achieved by balancing the needs of our clients with those of the our destinations. At each destination, we consider the human factor as a priority and are one of the few companies that implement a “zero impact/leave no trace” policy.