Go Green in the Sun
At home we’re constantly being asked to save energy, recycle waste and cut air pollution. So should we be any less mindful of the environment when we plan our travels abroad? What about the needs and aspirations of those whose country it is? What is the Human Rights record of the country you intend to visit? Are people there paid enough? Do staff have trade union protection against working long hours in your hotel? We think that it is time for holidaymakers to extend their eco-social-responsibility to the holiday products that they buy. This section provides some thought provoking articles on ethical travel.
This article from our May 2007 edition of the Get'Away Travel-Zine begins by asking, "How Ethical is Your Travel?". It explores the basic questions holidaymakers should ask before they book a holiday and suggests a standard Holidaymakers Travel Responsibility (HTR) position. It is still the case that it is indeed relevant that when holidaymakers are first looking to book a holiday that they should examine the social and political situation of their intended destination READ MORE 7 June 2010
2008 will go down as the year when Corporate Responsibility died. The thin dividing line between excessive or aggressive behaviour and the quest to increase profits and influence, is usually stemmed by a corporate conscience. 2008 was the year when a corner was turned and whatever pretence existed that corporations worked within Regulatory frameworks, simply disappeared. Whole plane loads of holidaymakers found themselves in dire straights, some were advised upon arrival, that their chosen hotel was no longer available - where was their undeniable consumer rights before departure? READ MORE 15 January 2009
Tourism Concern is an Organisation dedicated to the promotion of Ethical Travel, who develop projects to demonstrate that there is another way to organise travel for the benefit of local communities. We recommend a visit to this website which contains a wonderful and humbling photographic record and comments from people within the travel industry. It also contains useful information on workers rights, water and development issues. Their travel code is simple; Learn about the Country you are visiting, Think about the cost of your holiday, Open your mind to new cultures and traditions, minimise your environmental impact, Use guidebooks to broaden you knowledge, use photography with respect. READ MORE 21 March 2008
The issues of Ethical and Moral Travel must be jointly considered with the Travel Industry. Is is right that the onus of responsibility be placed entirely on the Holidaymaker? Is it just about planting trees? We think not! Recently we have seen some tour companies placing an 'eco' charge on their customers, we think to satisfy the current soundbite. However, we also have to give credit to this first tentative step, a step that leads to a greater corporate ethic within the early years of the 21st century. READ MORE 21 March 2008
We have gathered together some of our own articles and other articles of interest which should provoke further thought for the intending holidaymaker and Ethical Travel READ MORE 21 March 2008
We examine the issues swirling around the 'Green' flight debate. We provide a summary and ask, when are politicians and Industry going to provide a coherent response to the problem? READ MORE 26 June 2007