Tourism that benefits people and the environment
In 1998, facilitated by the NGO, Action for Conservation through Tourism, leading UK travel companies came together to discuss what a more sustainable travel and tourism industry might look like. Plans were made for a new organisation to develop more sustainable ways of delivering mainstream tourism. In 2001, in preparation for the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (RIO +10) the group was invited to merge its activities with the UK government’s “Sustainable Tourism Initiative”.
This led to The Travel Foundation being launched in 2003 with seed funding from UK government and industry and wider support from NGOs, academics and overseas bodies, organisations across the industry coming together for the first time to take action on sustainability. The new charity was described by the UK’s then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, as “a world-leading act of cooperation, which will enable British holidaymakers to make a difference to millions around the globe”
Over the past 10 years - 2003 to 2013 - with the support of our partners we have raised over £10 million for sustainable tourism – thank you!