Discovering Umbria’s tours and tourist services are inspired by the Global
Code of Ethics for Tourism and the principles of the responsible tourism:
- respect toward the environment and cultures;
- centrality of the local host community and its right to be a protagonist
in developing sustainable and responsible tourism in its native land;
interaction between the tourist industry, local communities and travellers.
THE RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER
Discovering Umbria wishes to inform you on The “Responsible Tourist and Traveller”:
a practical guide to help you make your trip an enriching experience.
Travel and tourism should be planned and practiced as a means of individual
and collective fulfilment. When practiced with an open mind, it is an irreplaceable
factor of self education,mutual tolerance and for learning about the legitimate
differences between peoples andcultures and their diversity.
Everyone has a role
to play creating responsible travel and tourism. Governments, business and communities
must do all they can, but as a guest you can support this in many ways to make
- Open your mind to other cultures and traditions – it will transform your
experience, you will earn respect and be more readily welcomed by local people.
Be tolerant and respect diversity – observe social and cultural traditions and
- Respect human rights. Exploitation in any form conflicts with the fundamental
aims of tourism. The sexual exploitation of children is a crime punishable in
the destination or at the offender’s home country.
- Help preserve natural environments.
Protect wildlife and habitats and do not purchase products made from endangered
plants or animals.
- Respect cultural resources. Activities should be conducted
with respect for the artistic, archaeological and cultural heritage.
- Your trip
can contribute to economic and social development. Purchase local handicrafts
and products to support the local economy using the principles of fair trade.
Bargaining for goods should reflect an understanding of a fair wage.
- Inform yourself
about the destination’s current health situation and access to emergency and
consular services prior to departure and be assured that your health and personal
security will not be compromised. Make sure that your specific requirements (diet,
accessibility, medical care) can be fulfilled before you decide to travel this
- Learn as much as possible about your destination and take time
to understand the customs, norms and traditions. Avoid behaviour that could offend
the local population.
- Familiarize yourself with the laws so that you do not commit
any act considered criminal by the law of the country visited. Refrain from all
trafficking in illicit drugs, arms, antiques, protected species and products
or substances that are dangerous or prohibited bynational regulations.
TURISM PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GETTING TO KNOW!