Tourism has branched out to different directions for accommodating the different needs and desires of the travelers. Agritourism, rural tourism and sustainable tourism are some of the different branches of tourism that are becoming increasingly popular.
These types of tours offer life-enriching experiences to the travelers and enable them to learn new things or share their knowledge with the underprivileged people. Such opportunities can help in building the character of students and enhances their CVs. Not just students but also more mature and established individuals are opting for rural tourism and agro tourism.
Tourism is a multibillion-dollar industry. In the past decade, international tourism has made stunning improvement and the market has expanded beyond belief with people traveling abroad for medical treatments, education, pleasure and business. The diversity in the tourism industry has been financially beneficial for the tourists but at the same time, it has taken serious toll on the environment. Tourism is one of the main reasons of eco-destruction at the popular tourist spots.
To control the damage from reckless and hedonistic tourism, the World Tourism Organization has formulated some rules of sustainable tourism. Sustainable tourism is basically traveling without damaging the environment of the tourist spots and taking measures to reduce the negative impact of your presence at the tourist spot.
Due to traveling and the development of the tourism industry, the land property of tourist destinations are used incorrectly, more poor people lose their home, natural resources are used recklessly and both water and air gets polluted. Such negative effects of tourism have to be stopped with the help of responsible or sustainable tourism.
One of the main agendas of sustainable tourism is protecting the natural environment and resources. For this the hotels, resorts, lodges and restaurants have to be energy and water efficient. Natural resources like water have to be saved for preventing the disruption caused generally by tourism. Another important aspect is to teach the citizens, tourism facility providers and tourists to use the natural resources carefully and promote the improvement of the local flora and fauna.
Sustainable tourism offers growth opportunities for all and does not damage the lifestyle of the host communities. It also develops the inter-cultural relationship between different communities and gives a better chance to the tourists of understanding the foreign culture of the hosts.
Rural tourism is another fascinating type of tourism that lets the travelers live and adapt the lifestyle of the rural people for some days or even weeks. Travelers are engaging in rural development through this sort of tourism. They are working along with the NGOs working in particular rural areas and teaching English or computers to rural students.
This type of tourism can help you gain some fulfilling experiences. Agritourism offers a lot of different sort of experiences and privileges in a county or rural setting. It is only a little different from the rural tourism. It is more focused on enjoyment than social work. The travelers can enjoy a host of different activities like skiing, sledge riding, hunting, fishing, horse riding, camping and wildlife viewing.
There used to be a tradition that made it mandatory for urban families to visit the country for harvesting. They used to help their family living in the country and help them with the harvest. This was their typical vacation. This old trend has returned in a new format known as agritourism. The problem with agritourism is that luxurious boutique hotels are being made in country regions for accommodating the tourists but they are not necessarily eco-friendly.
Sustainable tourism, rural tourism and agritourism are different branches of tourism that help in creating social awareness among people. Responsible tourism is necessary for keeping the balance in nature unharmed.