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Ten Commandments on Eco-Tourism

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Whether you are travelling on business, pleasure or a bit of both, the citizens of the world would be grateful if you would respect the ten commandments of world travel and eco-tourism:

  1. ASTA's 10 commandments of green travelRespect the frailty of the earth. Unique and beautiful destinations may not be here for future generations to enjoy unless all are willing to help in its preservation.
  2. Patronize those (hotels, airlines, resorts, cruise lines, tour operators and suppliers) who advance energy conservation; promote water and air quality; provide recycling;  manage waste and toxic materials safely for people and the environment; practice noise abatement; encourages community involvement; and provides experienced, well-trained staff dedicated to strong principles of conservation.
  3. Learn about and support conservation-oriented programs and organizations working to preserve the environment and the local culture.  Consider a volunteer vacation where you could volunteer to help the local community during a portion of your vacation.
  4. Walk or utilize environmentally-sound methods of transportation whenever possible.
  5. Encourage drivers of public vehicles to stop engines when parked and not idle.
  6. Leave only footprints. Take only photographs. No graffiti! No litter! Do not take away "souvenirs" from historical sites and natural areas.
  7. To make your travels more meaningful educate yourself about the geography, customs, manners and cultures of the region you visit. Take time to listen to the people. Encourage local conservation efforts.
  8. Respect the privacy and dignity of others. Inquire before photographing people.leave only footprints
  9. Do not buy products made from endangered plants or animals, such as ivory, tortoise shell, animal skins, and feathers.
  10. Always follow designated trails. Do not disturb animals, plants or their natural habitats.

Travel is a natural right of all people and is a crucial ingredient of world peace and understanding and with that right comes responsibilities.  ASTA encourages the growth of socially responsible, sustainable tourism, and environmentally-friendly travel.

See ASTA's Green Program Web page for more information about ecotourism and traveling green.

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