MORE THAN A TENT
tENTICKLE’S APPROACH TO RESPONSIBLE TOURISM.
With rising prices for raw materials like steel and timber due to a compromised planet, we seek to create a product with a low carbon footprint, high performance and great durability. We seek to draw people out of their urban lives and reconnect them with nature to help change the global consciousness. All our tent ranges guarantee short production times, minimally invasive installation techniques and easy transportation due to a highly modular system. Using only locally sourced, light, durable and recyclable materials, we created a tenting solution with a greater purpose: A responsible future for luxury tourism – in balance with nature and the human spirit.
A Definition of Responsible Tourism
According to the Centre for Responsible Tourism, responsible tourism can be defined as, “tourism that maximizes the benefits to local communities, minimizes negative social or environmental impacts, and helps local people conserve fragile cultures and habitats or species.”
Responsible tourism incorporates not only responsibility for the physical environment, but also an incorporation of awareness for the economic and social interactions whereas, sustainable tourism focuses more on the environmental impacts. Responsible tourism is regarded as a behaviour. It is more than a form of tourism as it represents an approach to engaging with tourism,
be that as a tourist, a business, locals at a destination, or any other tourism stakeholder. It emphasizes that all stakeholders are responsible for the kind of tourism they develop or engage in. This ensures that the tourism service providers and purchasers or consumers are held accountable.
Whilst different groups will see responsibility in different ways, the shared understanding is that responsible tourism should entail an improvement in tourism. Tourism should become ‘better’ as a result of the responsible tourism approach.
Characteristics of Responsible Tourism
MINIMIZING NEGATIVE IMPACT
Minimizes negative economic, environmental, and social impacts
Generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities, improves working conditions and access to the industry.
RESPECT FOR LOCAL CULTURE
Involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances.
Respect for the environment
Makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to the maintenance of the world’s diversity.
Provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social, and environmental issues.
BUILDing PRIDE & CONFIDENCE
Is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.
Responsible tourism vs. sustainable tourism
Responsible tourism and sustainable tourism have the same goal, that of sustainable development. The pillars of responsible tourism are therefore the same as those of sustainable tourism – environmental integrity, social justice and maximising local economic benefits. The major difference between the two is that, in responsible tourism, individuals, organisations and businesses are asked to take responsibility for their actions and the impacts of their actions.
Sustainable development in general goes along with the concept of sustainability which contains three main definitions:
- Not using non-renewable resources faster than the renewable substitutes can be found for them.
- Not using renewable resources faster than they can be replenished.
- Not releasing pollutants faster than the biosphere can process them to be harmless.
a CONSCIOUS SOLUTION
GLAMOUR + CAMPING = GLAMPING
Glamping is a recent and yet unexplored concept that derives from Nature Tourism. It emerges as a new trend where glamour is combined with camping. As a result, holidaymakers want to experience memorable moments in which they are in contact with nature without losing their essential comfort and the luxury of higher quality accommodation.
The relationship between Sustainable Tourism and Glamping is the most effective means for the correct sustainable development of a tourist destination. Sustainable Tourism is a way to develop activities in the context of environmental space, without harming natural resources.
Sustainability is driven by the operationalization of a planning model that aims to privilege all its dimensions, joining the concept of Sustainable Development and Accessible Tourism.
Tourism plays an important role in the world economy due to the potential of territories (material and immaterial resources).
With the natural evolution of tourism comes sustainable tourism and ecotourism. This tourism segment is increasingly important and one of the fastest growing new types of tourism.
Take only pictures, leave only footprints. Glamping is, by its nature, inclined towards sustainability and glamping operators are to not have this as an afterthought, but as a core tenant of their enterprises. By keeping the number of units down, one is able to focus on real ecology and growth of quality rather than quantity. This environmentalism is a core principle of glamping.