Sustainability is a broad term that includes the tenets of "People, Planet and Profit." As such, sustainability includes elements of ecosystem, culture and economics.
Sustainable tourism implicates conserving local cultures and establishing co-beneficiary tourism relationships. This may mean buying fair-trade souvenirs, attending day-trips to local communities to understand the culture, or promoting tolerance and respect of local norms and traditions.
Economic sustainability ensures the longevity of tourism in the area. This may mean equally distributed profits, sustainable living wages for local employees and income-generating opportunities for the communities supporting the tourist industry.
Conserving natural resources is a strong basis for sustainable tourism. This includes maintaining ecosystems in adventure tourism by establishing national parks, promoting environmental awareness to visitors and preserving biodiversity.
Local and international organizations that are working to promote sustainable tourism in the Caribbean include the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST), Quality Tourism for the Caribbean (QTC), Reef Check and the UNEP.
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