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Our Achievements

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!

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In 2004 we begin a research programme...

starting with ‘Making all-inclusives more inclusive’ in Tobago. 10 years later we continue to build on this body of knowledge with research in Turkey, Tenerife and Cyprus.

Our projects in holiday destinations...

to test and demonstrate new ways for travel organisations to protect the environment and support local people, starting with Tobago. Since our inception we have worked in 24 holiday…

In 2005 we begin to set up local, multi-stakeholder committees

to identify issues and set priorities for sustainable tourism, including the Responsible Tourism Partnership in Sri Lanka and the Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative, which are still going strong today.

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Trees for Life in Sri Lanka...

is launched - over 200,000 trees have been planted to re-vegetate conservation areas and help tsunami-affected families, and over 16,000 people have attended education programmes.

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In 2006 we launch a skills-based staff volunteering programme...

which has since enabled over 75 volunteers to help 27 projects in 15 destinations.

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We begin work to help hotels become more resource efficient

Our Greener Accommodations tool which has since been adopted by ABTA for TraveLife. To date, we have worked with 837 hotels in 10 countries, over £1.4 million of water…

We start to replicate successful projects...

including the Tobago Adopt a Farmer project, which is extended to the Dominican Republic, and our turtle conservation project in Tobago, which informs similar initiatives in resorts across Greece…

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In 2007 we launch our new training quiz for front-line staff and training toolkit for managers

They are endorsed by ABTA and launched at the Travel Convention. Over 16,000 industry staff members have since completed our online training quiz and we have launched a training…

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