Sustainable Excursion Policy

Sustainable Tourism Excursion Policy

Of all components of the tourist package, excursions and local entertainment often have a large impact on the destination itself.  Company Miracle Russia Travel gives strong preference to excursions which have not (or minimized) environmental, social and economic impacts and which foster a more sustainable tourism. We developed a Sustainable Excursion Policy to enables our guides and partners to gain an understanding of sustainable tourism and how to integrate it into their excursions and tours. The Policy includes tips and examples for better understanding how it works.

Socio-cultural

Tourist excursions and visits to local attractions provide tourists and the local population with an opportunity to meet each other in a positive way. Generally tourists enjoy meeting local people as long as they do not feel exploited. The mutual sentiments depend on the type and number of tourists, and how the contacts take place.

Tourist excursions and visits to local attractions provide tourists and the local population with an opportunity to meet each other in a positive way. Generally tourists enjoy meeting local people as long as they do not feel exploited. The mutual sentiments depend on the type and number of tourists, and how the contacts take place.

We encourage tours and excursions to authentic little villages can also stimulate employment for young villagers so they do not have to migrate elsewhere. Also tourist attention for local culture and traditions can also revive the local awareness and appreciation of these traditions.

  • Very important ask permission persons before to make a photo of them. This is especially important when photographing children. Please remind about this tourists. Respect local people!
  • We prefer local guide for the excursions services.
  • We recommend to visit local folk show and theaters for develop the culture of the region.
  • Tour groups have to be small for visit local communities.
  • We recommend bring some presents, sweets (without individual plastic pack), cookies or stationery for kids to the tour when visiting local communities. It is always nice to make surprises!

 

Environmental

  • We are recommended chose the accommodation within walking distance of the main attractions for the city tour or visiting interesting places. In this case spent less time and no need use the transportation. When there is no opportunity to make excursion by walk because the distance is long we recommend use the bicycle.
  • In principle walking, hiking and mountain biking are environmentally friendly activities. Guide always has to recommend to hikers don’t wander off track and don’t surpass the carrying capacity of the surrounding areas. This disturbs the composition of the soil and its flora and fauna. High tolerance species take over from the vulnerable and rare species and serious erosion can emerge. Mountain biking is a sport which usually takes place in mountainous areas, where the terrain is very vulnerable due to a thinner top soil layer and the sensitive vegetation in higher areas.
  • We recommend choose new and more ecological transport or boat if there is opportunity to do it. Sometimes it is more expensive, but more responsible. Please inform tourists about different options.
  • Complying with rules and regulations governing visits to protected areas, such as national parks.
  • When visiting places far from urban infrastructure please take away all garbage and throw away in the special places. In some places the garbage car take out waste twice for one week. It will help to safe the territory more clean and beautiful.
  • Don’t use the plastic dishes and glasses on the picnic.
  • Don’t allow a tourist tear up plants, collect stones, collect shells and corals. It is very important to explain why it is prohibited to do for prevent repetition.
  • Tourist demand for hot showers and cooked food can cause excessive woodcutting and – as a consequence – erosion in mountain areas. This can only be prevented if alternative fuels such as kerosene are brought along.
  • Especially at high altitude, the waste that is left behind causes severe pollution to flora and fauna and the water. The amount of surface water is rather low in higher region which limits the availability of water for showers and toilets. Consequently, hygienic problems may arise. This can cause conflicts over water resources between tourists and local communities. We recommend think carefully in advance organization showers and toilets in the places of camping and recreation on the territories of the nature parks.

 

Wildlife featuring

Wildlife tourism is a form of tourism where one can observe wild animals in their natural habitats. An important negative impact of wildlife tourism is disturbance of animals. Animals may flee, some species return after a while but other species leave the area permanently. The first encounters with tourists are most influential. Eventually the animals can get used to the visitors and adapt their behavior, for example by avoiding the tourists. Or animals start actively approaching the tourists for food, which can result in aggressive behavior against the visitors and disturbs their traditional behavior.

We highly recommend to our guides communicate with tourist and don’t allow feed animals, touch animals, make loud sounds to scared them, to respect wild nature and don’t forgot what tourists are just guests there.

We do not encourage any projects related to wild animals in captivity. Only if these are animals that will not independently survive in the wild nature and conditions have been created for them, the same in which they used to live in their natural environment, where they can breed, and their descendants could get free.

Excursions and attractions in which captive wildlife is held are not offered, except for properly regulated activities in compliance with local, national and international law. In case of living specimens of protected and wildlife species these are only kept by those authorized and suitably equipped to house and care for them humanely.

Wildlife species are not harvested, consumed, displayed, sold, or traded, except as part of a regulated activity that ensures that their utilization is sustainable and in compliance with local, national and international law.

Economic

  • Recommend showing tourists local shops or markets to buy souvenirs and changing the selected shops on a rotating basis, ensuring that customers are able to purchase locally produced traditional handicrafts.
  • Choose local restaurants for lunch and dinner if possible. Making sure that food reflects a region’s cuisine and includes local specialties.
  • Giving customers recommendations on locally owned shop and restaurants, especially new start-ups.
  • Providing customers with the opportunity to make a personal contribution to support local conservation or a social project (local school, clinic, farming project).
  • For High Mountain hiking and climbing, specialized support staff is needed such as cooks and porters. Objective of travel agencies and organizations of this kind of the tours provide decent wages and legal protection its staff. Provide them the appropriate clothing and equipment and have to carry overweight loads, leading to serious and sometimes fatal health and safety problems.