Kootenay Rockies Tourism, following the strategic directions laid out in the 10-year Destination Development Strategy, is developing a sustainability charter in alignment with international standards* and metrics for destination sustainability.
The charter includes a final set of 34 sustainability indicators which will be used to periodically measure and monitor various aspects of destination sustainability, such as the economic contribution of tourism, employment, number of protected natural areas, resident’s satisfaction, seasonality, cultural preservation, water and energy consumption, waste management and greenhouse gas emissions.
A progress report on the Kootenay Rockies Destination Sustainability journey, can be downloaded here.
The 2020 Sustainability performance of the Kootenay Rockies Tourism Destination (34 indicators) can be viewed here.
Kootenay Rockies Tourism is committed to monitoring and improving the sustainability performance of the destination and is currently in the process of seeking international recognition through the Biosphere Tourism certification.
As well, KRT is working on identifying gaps and strategic actions through the Sustainable Tourism 2030 Destination Framework.
*Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Criteria and Suggested Performance Indicators for Destinations , the UN World Tourism Organization ( UNWTO) Indicators of Sustainable Development for Tourism Destinations , the Canadian Indicator Framework (CIF) for Agenda 2030 and BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sustainability Indicators
RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL – VISITOR CODE OF CONDUCT
Kootenay Rockies Tourism has developed a visual information piece to educate residents and visitors on how to behave responsibly while travelling and recreating in the region. More than ever, it is our collective responsibility to ensure visitors respect the nature, the places and the people and contribute to the stewardship efforts.
The infographic was developed in an effort to compile and summarize the various component of responsible travel and is based on official sources and provincial, national and international standards and best practices through collaboration with lead organizations such as BC Adventure Smart, the Invasive Species Council of BC, WildSafe BC, Avalanche Canada, Leave No Trace, the BC Wildfire Service and others.
Kootenay Rockies Tourism partners can access, download and print the infographic to post at their location or share through their digital channels at no cost.
Digital files can be found here: Dropbox Folder
Partners can also order free printed posters offered in two formats (18″ x 24″ AND 11″ x 17″) by emailing Karen Cook: Karen@KootenayRockies.com