Tag Archives: Sustainability

The role of social enterprises in travel

As travellers become increasingly aware of the social and environmental impact of their travels, many are beginning to look for ways to give back to the communities they visit. The great news is that there are now a growing number of organisations with social and environmental aims that you can book through. These social enterprises in travel and tourism offer a great opportunity to ensure your travel has broader social value…

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Wildlife and the Year of Sustainable Tourism

The United Nations has declared next year the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This is timely, as it comes at an important moment. On the one hand, the international community is preparing to embrace Agenda 2030 and the new Sustainable Development Goals. On the other, we have seen stark news about the state of the natural world in 2016. Even here in the UK, it is clear that the time to act is now.

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Aviation Carbon Reduction Scheme: Set to Fail?

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) heralded the agreement in October, of a new global market-based measure to control carbon emissions from international aviation, as an ‘historic agreement’. But will it make a difference to global climate change and deliver real carbon savings? I decided to take a closer look at the new Aviation Carbon Reduction Scheme…

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Redefine Tourism: Travel Bloggers Respond

In September, I joined the World Travel & Tourism Council in appealing to travellers and the tourism industry to join a conversation about how we can redefine tourism, to ensure it is sustainable both now and in the future. I was overwhelmed by the response I received, but it also got me thinking. Would anyone really change their travel behaviour as a result of reading my post? So, I challenged six of my favourite travel bloggers to tell me how they plan to help redefine tourism in future…

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Essential Strasbourg City Guide

Strasbourg is a city steeped in history and cultural diversity. Located in a strategic position in Europe, it has a long history of occupation and was most recently annexed to Germany in 1940. Liberated in 1944, Alsace was returned to France and Strasbourg became a symbol of reconciliation between the two countries. It is no wonder the city is so unique, with hints of its diverse history everywhere. To help you make the most of a short break in the city, I’ve put together my Essential Strasbourg City Guide…

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Five reasons to travel to Brussels by Eurostar

Last week the news broke that Eurostar could cut train services and staff due to the ‘challenging environment’ following the UK’s EU referendum vote. I’m a huge fan of the Eurostar as an alternative to air travel, and couldn’t help thinking this could be a retrograde step for sustainable travel. So I decided to highlight my top five reasons to travel to Brussels by Eurostar…

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Visit.org: Travel with positive social impact

If you’re looking for travel options that are a little bit different, and offer an immersive, authentic and impactful experience, it can be hard to know where to start. But there is an online platform for engaging with not-for-profit and other community organisations that will help you find the right opportunity. Earlier this year I became a Visit.Org ambassador and I’d like to introduce you to some of the opportunities to travel with positive social impact that you can access through the Visit.Org site…

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Will you help redefine tourism?

One of my greatest pleasures is travel. It has helped make me who I am; a global citizen, open and tolerant to difference (I hope). It has helped me to cope with bereavement and divorce, made me more compassionate, and inspired a career dedicated to reducing our impact on the environment. But as an environmental practitioner I face a significant dilemma about travel – I am passionate about wanting to explore the world but increasingly concerned about the impact of tourism. That’s why I’m reaching out to you today to ask you to join a conversation about how we can redefine tourism …

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Green Man Festival Preview 2016

It’s just two weeks until I head to Green Man Festival in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. It will be my first visit to this award winning independent music and arts festival, and I couldn’t be more excited. To make sure I don’t miss a thing, I’ve pulled together this festival preview with everything you need to know in case you’re planning a visit too…

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