Sustainable tourism

Andalusia has implemented a Sustainable Tourism General Plan, which aims to balance the Andalusian tourist sector and guarantee a sustainable and competitive tourist model from the social, environmental and economic point of view, based primarily on having a distinctive selling point.

We invite you to join the growing number of tourists who take environmental and social considerations into account when planning their holidays. In other words, those who believe in sustainable tourism, who wish to benefit not just the environment but also local communities.

Here you can find out how to travel more sustainably  in order to get to know Andalusia and experience its cultural diversity, respecting its values and reducing your environmental impact as far as possible. We can also show you how to identify sustainable accommodation. Remember that the travel decisions you make can help save the environment.

In addition, if you work in a tourist hotel you can find out how to make your hotel more sustainable and why this is worth doing.

Sustainable Tourism

There are many similar terms that can cause confusion: Eco-tourism, Agro-tourism, Responsible Tourism…

According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO):

The development of sustainable tourism responds to the present needs of tourists and host regions, while at the same time protecting and improving future opportunities. It focuses on managing resources in a way that satisfies economic, social and aesthetic needs, and at the same time respects cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity and life support systems.

In this way, any kind of tourism activity (rural, sporting, cultural, etc.) that involves the conservation of resources and biodiversity, preoccupation with environmental impact and distribution of profits throughout the local community, falls within the category of Sustainable Tourism.