Tourism in Kullu
Alarming Factors
Global Issues
Sustainable Future
Earth Summit
Community Tourism
Tourism in Kullu Valley
Problems and Prospects of Sustainability -
Sustainable Future

by Ben Heron

Local people must try not to become dependent upon tourism, yet at the same time, they need to make the most of what it can offer while it exists as a resource.

If we are to create a sustainable future and save our planet from destruction we must start thinking on a much larger time-scale; we must put our children's needs ahead of our own.

Tourism can serve to revitalize traditions, customs and institutions as well as generate income to reduce poverty and conserve natural environments. Not only can tourism be used to improve the economic and environmental conditions of tourist destinations; it can also contribute to cross-cultural understanding and the development of world peace.

Tourism is an industry that carries people, ideas and messages to all corners of the earth, so it is essential for tourists to remember that they "are both teachers and students whose classroom is the world" (Jafari).

Through tourism, western tourists can experience and learn other ways of living that can be applied to daily life in the West. At the same time, western tourists can try to raise awareness to prevent 'less developed' societies from making the same ecological mistakes that have been made in the West. Through such cultural interchange, we can work towards living on a more sustainable, harmonious and peaceful planet. Changes need to be made though, not just by the tourist industry, but also by the tourists and the tourist destinations.


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