responsibletravel.com is a business with ambitions to change tourism for the long-term benefit of local people, tourists, the environment and the tourism industry.
Part of our commitment is to screen and market responsible holidays. The other part of our commitment is to campaign for change in the tourism industry.
We are not claiming to be perfect by any means but we do believe we have a voice in the tourism industry and should use it!
1. Carbon offsetting provides a dangerous distraction from the real need to reduce our carbon emissions
2. Lack of acceptance in the industry that we need to reduce our carbon emissions and fly less, rather than offsetting
1. Encourage travellers to say no to offsetting, yes to reduction
2. Inform travellers about the importance of flying less as a key element of a lower carbon lifestyle
3. Remind travellers that when they do fly, to ‘make it count’, by using our carbon comparison flight search, and promoting travel experiences that benefit local communities and the environment
Find out about aviation and our carbon caution...
Increasingly, travellers are concerned about the impacts of their holidays, and want practical advice about how to travel responsibly.
Advise travellers on how to get more from their travel experiences while being able to give something back to local communities and the environment.
Read our travel tips...
The 'one size fits all' approach to sustainable tourism offered by global accreditation schemes is not necessarily the answer.
To start a debate about the subject of accreditation and sustainable tourism.
Read more on the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria Debate...
The environmental cost of travel has been well debated and tourism has taken a battering. Consequently the industry and those who work within it feel deflated. Many travellers are left wondering whether they can and should continue to travel.
To start a positive and forward thinking debate around the future of our industry.
Find out more...
Cruise companies lacking clear responsible tourism policies.
We hoped to persuade The Passenger Shipping Association (PSA) - the trade body for cruise and ferry operators in the UK - to lead and encourage its cruise industry members to develop and implement responsible tourism policies.
Find out more about our cruise campaign...
Distinguishing between "green washers" and "green warriors" in travel.
To increase accountability and encourage focus on responsible tourism throughout the UK tourism industry.
Read our Daily Telegraph travel company audit...
Three of the four big UK tourism companies had no policy on responsible tourism.
Persuade these companies to create and implement responsible tourism policies through the use of customer petitions on responsibletravel.com.
Find out more on our Campaign against mass tourism...
responsibletravel.com research indicates that for most of the wonderful community based tourism projects out there, occupancy levels are below 5%. For the projects to be successful, they need to link up with established tour operators to ensure regular bookings.
To create marketing links between community based tourism projects and our member tour operators, and to market the projects on responsibletravel.com.
Read more about Community Based Tourism...
Take a look at the campaigns we support from other organisations here