At Responsible Travel we campaign for change in the tourism industry on issues that we are passionate about. We do this because we want to help protect our favourite places, cultures and wildlife from unethical practices and irresponsible tourism. We want to create a more caring tourism industry. Over recent years we've formed relationships with activists, local communities, NGOs and people who think differently about tourism - they bring the issues to our attention if we don't spot them first.
With regards to Europe there are several issues for tourists to lend their support to...
Help stop Bullfighting
It is a load of bull. And Spain is the country that is most full of it. Bullfighting? Really? In the 21st century? At Responsible Travel we support PETA's #BetterThanBullfights campaign to put a stop to this archaic and unethical practice, along with eighty per cent of Spaniards who abhor the practice along with most tourists worldwide. Please join us and read more below to help cut the bull. In the metaphorical sense of course.
Save Polands Bialowieza Forest
Białowieża, which spans parts of Poland and Belarus, is one of the largest remaining tracts of the ancient forest which once covered northeastern Europe. A designated UNESCO site, some of the oldest woodland here has been untouched by humans for over eight centuries, and it is habitat to around 900 wild bison. Astonishingly, the Polish government has now sanctioned logging in Białowieża Forest Ė defying bans by UNESCO and the European Court of Justice, and tripling the amount of logging allowed. Read more about how to save Polands Białowieża Forest
Educating travellers about responsible tourism
Travellers are becoming more and more aware of the impacts their holidays can have in the world, compared with even ten years ago when so many people turned a blind eye to bad ways simply because we think that we all deserve a break. At Responsible Travel we try to educate rather than lecture. With tips that how easily we can turn negative impacts to positive ones, engage with communities not just stay within gated ones, understand conservation not just tick off safari sightings, think local and think slow. While still enjoying holidays of a lifetime in places that need us to give a little something back too.
Had enough of mass tourism
We run many campaigns at Responsible Travel, but Had Enough, which we ran in 2004, emanated from research that showed nearly three quarters of travellers we interviewed had had enough of destruction caused by mass tourism. The campaign sought to persuade the likes of Thomas Cook and Thomson Holidays to publish responsible tourism policies - which they did very shortly after our campaign launched. Since then, some of the big tourism companies have improved, but many havenít. For example, almost 90 percent of all inclusive holiday sales stay in the UK, water consumption in tourism in drought ridden countries is unethical, coastlines are destroyed, villagers displaced, families forced into poverty and children into sex tourism. It is not a pretty picture. Which is why, at Responsible Travel, we still campaign for change. Read more about our campaign
Support our call for redirecting Air Passenger Duty to fund electric airplane technology
The UK Government raises £3bn a year from taxation of flights - a tax called Air Passenger Duty. Despite initially saying this was an 'environmental' tax the Government has never given any information about how the money is spent.

Although tourism faces many challenges in becoming more sustainable, by far the biggest is the carbon emissions caused by burning aviation fuel, kerosene.

We are calling on the UK Government Government to commit a substantial sum from this existing tax revenue to invest in the R&D required to deliver electric powered technology for commercial aviation.
World Responsible Tourism Awards
In 2004 we founded the annual World Responsible Tourism Awards. Not only because we believe that these pioneering organisations and individuals deserve a huge pat on the back, but also because we want everyone in the world to know about them. These Awards have been a huge success with over 400 people and organisations taking centre stage at the World Travel Market every year to take their well deserved moment in the limelight. From wildlife conservationists to walking guides, hotels to homestays, tour operators to travel writers, these awards have come to represent the ethos that drives us at Responsible Travel: to help people live their dreams through authentic and life-enriching adventures, to ensure local people and wildlife benefits and to be a catalyst for change in the tourism industry.
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