The effective integration of responsible environmental, social and socio-economic
practices and principles into the day-to-day operations of a tourism company
is a challenge that needs to be addressed with a coherent and integrated approach.
The sustainability issues are many, and solutions can be very different depending
on the situation.
This manual aims at providing an overview of the many practices that have been
explored by members of the Tour Operators' Initiative. This network of tour
operators is committed to sustainable development and supported by UNEP, UNESCO
and the World Tourism Organization.
The manual consists of two volumes. The 'Implementation
Guide for Responsible Tourism Coordinators' is designed to help the individual
in charge for promoting responsible tourism within a company to determine both
what needs to be changed and how to facilitate those changes.
The 'Management Guide for Responsible Tour
Operations' is designed to provide an overview of best practices in the
business areas of a tour operator, including product development and management,
supply chain and internal management, customer relations, and external cooperation.