Responsible Tourism minimum standard launched

South African Minister of Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk has launched the South African National Minimum Standards for Responsible Tourism (NMSRT), which aims to promote sustainability and responsible tourism in the tourism sector, while reducing undesirable impact.

The primary objective of the National Department of Tourism (NDT) is to retain the economic and social advantages of tourism develop and growth, while reducing undesirable impacts on the natural, historic, cultural or social environments.  

Van Schalkwyk said that through the application of responsible tourism practices, it would be a national priority to develop a sustainable tourism sector.  

The standard serves three purposes: to establish a common understanding of the minimum criteria for responsible tourism; to promote responsible tourism in the tourism sector; and to establish the minimum criteria for certification of the sustainability of organisations in the tourism sector.  

The standard will be used by tourism organisations to create awareness of responsible tourism among their members. It can also be used by tourism businesses and organisations preparing for certification or simply evaluating their organisations' progress in respect of sustainability.

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