Supporting local economies

By Jon Vickery

Visit local markets to support the economyIt may come as a surprise, but supporting local economies can also positively help the environment during your stay.

Let's assume you decide to have a meal in the restaurant in the evening. You will often see options such as 'local produce' that indicate the hotel has made efforts to source your meal from farms and markets in the local area.

If you choose a meal such as this, you are having a direct impact on the need to ship goods from other areas of the world. By choosing produce from a local farm, you are saving the fuel used to transport these goods from other countries.


"Visiting local markets and using local tour guides enables you to give something back to the destination you are visiting, and promotes sustainable tourism in lesser-developed regions."

If you decide to choose locally-sourced produce, the demand for foreign imports decreases, which has a direct effect on the hotel and what they decide to order in the future. This is just another way you can ensure your hotel stay has as little impact on the environment as possible.

The same principle applies to other local goods and services. Visiting local markets and using local tour guides enables you to give something back to the destination you are visiting, and promotes sustainable tourism in lesser-developed regions.

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Top tip
Please try to remove packaging from items that you are taking away with you. Many countries are currently unable to cope with high levels of waste, and do not have recycling services as we do in the UK.
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