“Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each one of us individually” Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
In the opening decades of this century, the challenges of poverty and degradation of the environment have become a shared concern as people across the globe have awoken to the associated risks and legacy we are creating for future generations. Tourism is the trillion-dollar industry, the world’s largest economic sector, so travel companies and the tourism industry have an important role to play in providing travel experiences that enable local communities to enjoy a better quality of life whilst at the same time contribute to conservation of the natural environment.
At Hit The Road Travel our business interaction with the Earth and impact we have is structured and governed by our Responsible Tourism policy and practices. The issues are enormous, incredibly important, and will affect our children and their children. Throughout our website, on our destination write ups, tour dossiers, travel posts and images, you will come across the many Earth Issues our suppliers, societies and staff deal with, are involved in and donate to . We hope that our write ups touch a chord, leave you a little wiser and encourage you to offer a helping hand, its about the survival of our species and many many others.
We deal with responsible tourism under three distinct headings:
Economic Responsibility – From how we recruit and pay employees, to our purchasing behavior and business partnerships. Our economic practices (and yours) have a substantial impact on our communities and local economies.
Social Responsibility – Education, Social programs and development – respect for local cultures and direct t support are integral to responsible tourism as travel impacts directly on local communities.
Environmental Responsibility – National Parks, Game Reserves, Hotels and other tourism developments have had and continue to have a substantial impact on our planet. Its human nature to focus on the short term, but “green dressing” and tourism establishments and operators that focus on profit and fail to protect their environments endanger us all.