Sustainable travelling has three priorities; conserving the natural destinations, economically supporting local businesses, and respecting and supporting cultural life. Sustainable travelers make it a point to consider the impact of their choices when visiting destinations. They will choose actions that benefit all three componenets or attributes. While ecotourism refers to the tourist activities intended to directly benefit and conserve its natural areas, sustainable travelling focuses on the behavior of the tourist within the destination.

Sustainable traveling discourages the consumption and disposal of non-biodegradable materials. Bringing eco-friendly alternatives, like wooden or metal straws and utensils, tumblers, tote bags, etc., will eliminate the disposal of non-bios, creating less waste.

Most tour guides in Siquijor are volunteers, and therefore do not receive salary from the LGUs, so by tipping them after a tour will greatly help them. There also souvenir-photo spots in Siquijor, wherein you can also donate money to.

Respect the conservative lifestyle of its locals by dressing appropriately in holy places (churches), while also maintaining the same decency by wearing swimwear only in beach areas and not in the towns of the Island.

Ecotourism as the foundation of Siquijor Island.

Ecotourism is the responsible travel to places of undisturbed natural areas. It creates programs, laws, policies and systems that upholds three components or attributes of a destination: a.) environmental, b.) socio-cultural, and c.) socio-economical. Therefore, it promotes conservation, leaving little negative visitor impact like pollution and exploitation, and in the end benefits the local communities and the environment.

Its goal is to directly provide financial benefits in conserving the natural resources and empowering the lives of local communities. It encourages tourists to practice sustainable traveling to help maintain the state of ecotourism in a destination.

Conserves environment

Ecotourism prioritizes the state of natural areas in its tourist activities. Because of heightened tourist rates in the past decade, local government units are prompted to implement programs and policies that will conserve the beauty of the Island's destinations while still entertaining its tourists.

Empowers culture

Culture is one of the most attracting factors for tourists. As Siquijor is known for its mystic culture of folk healing, this invites curious tourists onto the Island. Festivals and special practices both encourages locals to embrace their unique identity while sharing its ethnic roots to visitors.

Improves livelihood

Heightened tourist influx creates a domino effects of job and learning opportunities for the Island's locals. As more tourists calls for quality service, facilities and an overall enjoyable tourist experience, this introduces more job openings to the locals, and improves their quality of life as a result.

Master Tourism Development Plan

The Master Tourism Development Plan or MTDP is an upcoming series of policies and guidelines established by the local government for better tourism. With ecotourism as its foundation, it aims to enhance the tourist experience while still preserving the natural resources and sites of Siquijor.

Below are the main components of the official MTDP anticipated within the decade.

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