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Changing the industry’s approach to tourism

Animals & the Environment 2010 WinnerIn 2003, the year that the Travel Foundation was set up, a record 41.2 million overseas holiday trips were made by UK residents, compared with just 6.7 million in 1971. Tourism has the potential to benefit local communities and protect the environment.  However, without careful planning and understanding of the issues, it can have significant negative impacts. During the travel industry’s peak growth period sustainability was not a consideration for most companies. And while growing awareness of environmental issues led to a rise in small, specialist eco-tourism operations, this reinforced the attitude that sustainable tourism was something only specialist operators could and should be concerned with.

A shift in attitude and action was needed right across the industry. The Travel Foundation was established with a unique focus on engaging travel companies in developing and delivering tourism that creates new local economic opportunities, protects the environment and promotes local culture. It has raised £5.7m from industry donations and has 24 industry partners, whose support has enabled the creation of over 30 sustainable projects in 16 destinations. 

These projects have helped to create livelihoods and income for local people and provided best-practice examples for travel companies. Sue Hurdle, chief executive, says it has helped generate a step-change in the involvement of the industry in social and environmental issues. “As well as engaging companies in initiatives to improve the wellbeing of destination communities and protect the environment, we have established a new funding source for projects which benefit thousands of people in tourism destinations around the world.”

Sue Hurdle
Chief executive
The Travel Foundation
CREATE Centre
Smeaton Road
Bristol
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0117 927 3049
www.thetravelfoundation.org.uk
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