Today, sustainable development, responsibility and sustainability tend to be an integral part of our lives. The way in which tourism should use natural and social resources to obtain economic benefits needs to be carefully analyzed. This has increasingly led to the recognition that public and private sector actors in the tourism sector must consider equal distribution of maximum economic benefits, minimize socio-cultural impacts on host communities and tourists, and protect and Improving the natural environment through tourism activities.
In Romania, the Green tourism ecological association for development has put sustainable, responsible, slow, sweet tourism on its agenda from the beginig.For almost 10 years, we have been constantly acting for the greening of Romanian tourism. Among our concerns is the existence of green tourist destinations.
Now the tourist destinations are increasingly. Is essential to measure their performance in relation to sustainability.
In 2013, to upon to tackle social, cultural, economic, and environmental challenges at European level has developed ETIS a ‘European Tourism Indicators System’.
The EITS system is a toolkit for sustainable destinations. Has a structure of 27 core and 40 optional indicators. These can be used on a voluntary basis, together or integrated into existing destination monitoring systems.
The system is flexible. It can be expanded or contracted to meet the needs of the destination, the interest of local stakeholders, and the specific sustainability issues that the destination faces.
The basic principle of the indicator system is that destination responsibility, ownership, and decision-making is shared. Engaging a group to come together and work together to collect and report information is a powerful way to undertake effective destination management. About the 2013 European destination guidance, here!
Results of monitoring based on self-assessment, observations, data collection and analysis by the destinations themselves in 2016 ETIS was updated.
The 27 core indicators and 40 optional indicators based on ETIS is subdivided into four categories:
2.social and cultural impact,
ETIS does not set minimum values to be achieved and it does not provide any certification.
2016 ETIS provides destinations with a fully tested system and a more realistic set of core indicators. More about last ETIS version, here!