Sustainable Tourism Position Statement
ENPAA supports the development of sustainable tourism within National Parks. We want everyone to come and enjoy their special qualities and are working to make sure people can do so in ways that do not undermine the special qualities. We see sustainable tourism as the future of tourism – not an add-on.
Sustainable tourism is important to National Park Authorities. It contributes to delivery of our statutory purposes, particularly that of promoting opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of National Parks by the public. There are some 75 million visits every year to England’s National Parks. Properly managed tourism can bring a range of benefits and help sustain our communities, environment and way of life. Inappropriate tourism development or poorly managed visitor pressure, however, can be damaging.
The position statement explains the benefits of sustainable tourism and explores some of the issues that need to be addressed. National Park Authorities are working to support and promote sustainable tourism and to prevent, mitigate or manage the negative impacts of tourism. To do this NPAs work with a wide range of partners including small and large businesses, community groups, schools and colleges, farmers and food producers, tourism partnerships and local authorities.
We will continue to work with all our partners, Government and the tourism industry to promote National Parks and sustainable tourism.