The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2018
The Center for Responsible Travel has released its annual report, “The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2018.” This report provides the tourism industry with key examples and best practices for mainstreaming responsible travel and addressing the complex issue of overtourism.
“Certification continues to play an important role among responsibly-minded businesses, with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council providing both industry and destination benchmark criteria that have a strong relationship with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council has accredited 5 certifying bodies and recognized over 2-dozen global standards programs that adhere to and are equivalent to the GSTC Hotel & Tour Operator Criteria.”
“Sustainable or responsible travel and tourism hit the mainstream media in a bigger way than ever before in 2017 due to the growing awareness of what’s being called ‘overtourism.’ I hope that this mainstreaming of the discussion of tourism in general and poor or weak visitor management in particular will help drive greater awareness of the much broader and deeper discussions we need to make all forms of travel and tourism more sustainable.” — Randy Durband, CEO, Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)