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Tourism is one of the most promising drivers of growth for the world economy. The sheer size and reach of the sector makes it critically important from a global resource perspective. Like all industries, the tourism industry can have adverse environmental, economic and social effects.
These impacts are mostly linked with the construction and management of infrastructures of tourism facilities, including resorts, hotels, restaurants, shops, golf courses, and marinas. If poorly managed tourism can put enormous pressure on an area and lead to soil erosion, increased air, soil and marine pollution, natural habitat loss, waste, increased pressure on endangered species and puts a strain on fresh water and energy resources.
The NDT Resource Efficiency Programme promotes energy efficiency, water use efficiency and proper waste management in the tourism sector. It is our conviction that if efficiently planned and managed, tourism could become an ally and a supportive economic force for conservation. That is the aim of promoting sustainable tourism or tourism that is compatible with the sustainable development agenda. Saving resources such as water and energy also makes sense to the individual tourism business in that it reduces operating cost and can lead to competitiveness and sustainability.