The tourism industry plays a key role in shaping the unique environment and landscape and in sustaining the local economy and communities of Snowdonia. With a population of 26,000 in the National Park the tourism industry provides the equivalent of 9,000 full-time jobs, worth an estimated £385m to the local economy.
Tourism has an impact on any destination especially those that have a fragile or sensitive landscape. By committing to a responsible approach, tourism businesses, their guests and all visitors to the area can reduce the impact of tourism and may even help to contribute to the conservation of the destination.
With funding from the CAE Sustainable Development Fund, administered by the SNPA, and CCW, the Snowdonia Society's Green Snowdonia Project seeks to raise awareness and promote the uptake of sustainable practices by the tourism industry in the Snowdonia region.
By showcasing and rewarding best practice the project demonstrates that acting sustainably does not need to limit the quality of the visitors' experiences or the profits for tourism businesses. Indeed sustainable tourism has the potential to increase both!