‘Tourists should give back’

Experts taking part in a conference on responsible tourism in Kumarakom on Friday, June 28 pointed out that tourists do not only take photographs, enjoy hospitality and return with memories; they also give back to local communities.

Harold Goodwin, a professor at Leeds Metropolitan University and director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism said it was time to turf out “freeloaders” who add no value to the places they visit, and attract people who contribute something to the community by way of employment and revenue, cause little pollution, and contribute to the conservation of heritage. 

“Kerala has managed to achieve so much in responsible tourism in so short a time due to the strength of its local bodies, which are exercising responsibilities,” Goodwin said, adding that it was necessary now to stretch targets in this regard. 

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