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Sustainable Travel Organisations

Sustainable travel is about making simple choices to lessen one’s negative impact on a destination. Organisations that promote sustainable travel aim to ensure that tourism doesn’t harm the environment, economy, or culture. Here are some notable sustainable travel organisations, formatted for clarity:

  1. The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)
  • Description: Founded in 1990, TIES is one of the first organisations to promote ecotourism worldwide. They emphasise responsible travel to natural areas, conserving the environment, and improving the well-being of local people.
  • Key Initiatives: Creating international ecotourism guidelines, organising global conferences, and publishing research on ecotourism trends and impacts.
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  1. Responsible Travel
  • Description: A leading travel agency dedicated to offering trips that benefit destinations and their inhabitants. They strongly advocate for responsible tourism and encourage travellers to make more sustainable choices.
  • Key Initiatives: Providing a platform for eco-friendly accommodations, tours, and vacations, while also offering insights and guidelines on responsible travel.
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  1. Green Destinations
  • Description: An organisation focusing on creating sustainable tourism destinations by offering certification and support.
  • Key Initiatives: Green Destinations Standard, a certification recognising sustainability in tourism; the annual Top 100 competition recognising the world’s top sustainable destinations.
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  1. Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
  • Description: Establishes and manages global sustainable standards, acting as an international accreditation body for sustainable travel and tourism.
  • Key Initiatives: Offering training and education in sustainable tourism, accrediting destinations and businesses, and fostering increased understanding of sustainable tourism practices.
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  1. Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA)
  • Description: Represents the global adventure travel businesses, destinations, and media community with a vested interest in sustainable growth.
  • Key Initiatives: Organizing global events and conferences on adventure travel, offering insights on market trends, and promoting sustainable practices within the adventure tourism industry.
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These are just a few examples of the many organisations working towards a more sustainable future for travel. Each has its unique mission and approach, but all emphasise the importance of responsible tourism to benefit the environment, local economies, and cultures.

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