Tourism is an important economic activity in the AONB. Each year, many people visit the area on both day trips or holidays to enjoy the landscape, spend time in the towns and villages or to go walking, cycling, riding or birdwatching.
Management of tourism is vital to ensure that visitors can enjoy their experience to the full and to prevent damage to the environment.
Green tourism, responsible tourism, sustainable tourism - whichever of these terms you want to use - is tourism which takes into account the needs of the environment, local residents, businesses, and visitors; now and in the future.
Green tourism businesses are those actively engaged in reducing the negative environmental and social impacts of their tourism operations.
The Nidderdale AONB team is working with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to help tourism businesses across the Yorkshire Dales become more sustainable and to find ways of increasing the business benefits whilst safeguarding the environment.
In the following pages you can find details of the free-to-join Dales Tourism Business Network, some case studies of local businesses with inspiring ideas and the Distinctly Dales project which could help you market your business.