Sustainable Tourism Law

Legal sustainability of adventure tourism Diego Augusto Benítez Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro Secretary-General of Sidetur ABSTRACT I. Legal sustainability academic group. Obligation of information and safety. II. Adventure tourism standards. III. Experiences. IV. Structure of ISO 21103:2014 . Conclusions. I. LEGAL SUSTAINABILITY ACADEMIC GROUP Adventure tourism is a global industry growing in importance. Whether provided on a commercial, non-profit or charitable basis, adventure tourism activities involve a previously accepted, inherent element of risk and challenge. Taking risks brings rewards, but it also creates danger. In order to maximize the rewards, the providers of adventure tourism activities need to operate in a safe and practical manner. According to UNWTO Tourism adventure report – 2015 – in terms of tourism adventure activities, tourist take part in soft and hard activities. 71% soft activities; 22% mixed hard and soft trips and 7% hard activities. Translating to legal terms, activities with no preparation, no required skills, generally offered to families with minors (soft), versus activities with risk and challenge elements, not for families or inexperienced tourists. A combination of both is also possible. Rafting, trekking, biking, for example, could be soft or hard. As an example, according to the International Rafting Federation, classes I & II are soft, III & IV, soft and hard, and V & VI classes, hard. Class I: easy . Fast moving water with riffles and small waves. Few obstructions, all of them obvious and easily bypassed with little training. Risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue. Class II: novice . Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are clearly visible without scouting. Occasional manoeuvring may be required, but