The Travel Foundation was founded fifteen years ago with the belief that, when managed well, tourism can bring significant socio-economic benefits for people living in destinations and funds for conservation.
Today, the growing concerns around ‘overtourism’ highlight the increasing urgency for change in the way that tourism is planned and managed. In response, we work with governments and travel companies who largely control the impact that tourism has on people and the environment. We ensure they have the skills, knowledge and capacity required to bring about that change.
Our projects harness the potential of tourism to improve livelihoods and support the protection of important habitats, wildlife and historical sites. The results below are just a snapshot of what we have achieved in 2018.
With your support, we will continue to build a future where tourism destinations can thrive. Thank you.
We have increased the number of tourists spending money outside their hotel, working with TUI Care Foundation.
50,000 tourists now have access to better information about Montego Bay
14,000 more tourists took an excursion
400% more tourists visited the Harbour Street craft market and customer spend was up by 50%.
TPDCo are replicating our ‘Warm Welcome’ initiative in Ocho Rios.
This initiative funded by TUI Care Foundation focused on encouraging tourists outside of hotels, and improving the knowledge and skills of people in Jamaica to ...
We’ve supported an increase in the amount of lionfish caught and sold by local fishermen, contributing to the reduction of this damaging, invasive species.
The number of fishers who are now selling lionfish commercially is up by over 40% from last year.
The volume of lionfish caught has almost trebled in 2019.
All fishers who caught lionfish said that sales of these fish had increased the amount that they earn.
100% said that they can now safely remove the venomous spines of lionfish.
This project, delivered in partnership with CLEAR Caribbean and the Saint Lucia Department of Fisheries, focused on increasing the supply of, and demand for, lionfish. ...
We’ve identified and improved the most urgent impacts of tourism now and for the future, through this project funded by TUI Care Foundation.
Businesses and government are now working together in a Destination Council
Hotels reduced their water and energy use by 12%
Saving enough energy to power nearly 100 houses in Cabo Verde for a year
And enough water savings to meet the needs of over 3,000 residents (or one-fifth of the population of Boa Vista)
70% of tour guides trained are meeting all responsible practice requirements
Key modules from the training course we delivered were adopted by the national hospitality school for all future students
Our focus has been on encouraging collaboration between those working in or managing tourism, and supporting local organisations to introduce more sustainable practices that improve ...
Looking back on the highlights from 2018, I’m so proud of what we have managed to achieve. Our aim at the Travel Foundation is to ensure that our projects create the foundation for lasting, positive change that will provide ongoing benefits long after our input has ended. This has certainly been the case for our Taste of Fethiye project which ended in 2016, but three years on is still working independently with hotels continuing to buy increasing volumes of produce from local farmers.
This reminder of what we can achieve is particularly poignant during my last year as Chief Executive. Leading the Travel Foundation has been a life changing and exhilarating opportunity made possible by a truly inspiring team, supportive Trustees and ever accommodating partners. It is an experience I will never forget – thank you!
Looking forward, a new year always brings a wealth of exciting new initiatives and 2019 has been no exception. We are sharing the findings of our research into the ‘invisible burden’ that tourism places on destinations and stimulating debate within the industry. We are also launching two new destination projects to improve the impacts of tourism, a plastic reduction project in Cyprus and an initiative to support small businesses in Jamaica. I have every confidence that the Travel Foundation will make the most of these and other exciting opportunities and will continue to create positive change in destinations around the world. Thank you again to all our funders and partners for making this possible.
Whilst year on year our income decreased by 29%, this reduction was anticipated and we were able to utilise our reserves, as part of a planned phased draw down. Our main fundraising focus in 2018 was to diversify our income sources, and as a result, grant income increased from 16% to 23% of total income year on year, growing from less than 1% in 2016. The majority of our funding, however, continues to come from our partner travel companies and their customers; support that remains invaluable to us.
Whilst our annual income was lower this year, we kept our expenditure at a level similar to previous years. This enabled us to draw on our reserves as planned to meet existing programme commitments whilst also investing in the development of new programmes for the future. We continue to strive to keep our governance and support costs low to ensure that the majority of the funds raised are spent directly on our core activities.
Research and development, scoping and pilot projects: A vital part of our work, revealing tourism’s specific impacts and informing the creation of initiatives to address them. This section also includes scoping and pilot projects in destinations.
Programme implementation: Applying the findings of both our research and past projects to demonstrate and foster more sustainable practices in destination.
Sustainable practice and knowledge sharing: Activities focused on building the capacity of organisations and individuals to embed more sustainable practice into their day to day operations.
Thank you to our partners and supporters.
As a registered charity, we depend on your financial contribution.
Our fundraising partners – companies and organisations that have provided funds to support our charitable aims:
TUI Care Foundation
Classic Collection Holidays
I love Eco Hotels
Midcounties Cooperative Travel
Villa Centre Holidays
We Are Travel
In-kind support – organisations that have donated gifts in-kind, including transportation, accommodation, event space, and professional skills:
Chamber of Shipping
Chris Willan Photography
City Nation Place
Cornell, SC Johnson College of Business
Emek Marin Boat Building
Found Doux P & R
Harvard, Megan Epler Wood
I Love Eco Hotels
Irem Oznur Kilic
Melia Hotel Group
The Hummingbird Hotel, Soufriere, St Lucia
World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)
Yacht Classic Hotel
Project partners – organisations that have worked with us to support our destination projects. This may include contributing their time and resources, as well as adapting working practices to support the programme aims:
ACVAI, Cabo Verde
AHRIM, Association des Hôteliers et Restaurateurs de l’île Maurice
APP- Aguas de Ponta Preta Aprotur, Cabo Verde
Barracuda Tours, Cabo Verde
Caribbean Tourism Organisation
Câmara de Turismo de Cabo Verde
Camara Municipal do Sal
Chamber of Shipping, Fethiye
Deja Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Destination Council, Sal
D Marin Gocek, Turkey
Department of Fisheries, Saint Lucia
Dunas de Sal
Grand Baris Boat, Turkey
Hotel Melia – Tortuga
Kryol Operator, Cabo Verde
Melia Hotels International
Ministry of Economy, Cabo Verde
Ministry of Environment, Cabo Verde
Ministry of Tourism, Cabo Verde
Ministry of Tourism, Saint Lucia
Ministry of Tourism, Mauritius
Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Morabeza Hotel, Cabo Verde
Morabitur, Cabo Verde
Municipality of Fethiye, Turkey
Murdeira Village Resort, Cabo Verde
New Vira Marine School, Turkey
Oasis Group – Belorizonte Hotel
Odjo d’Agua Hotel, Cabo Verde
On Travel Solutions
Preverisk, Cabo Verde
Project Biodiversity, Cabo Verde
RIU Garopa e Funana Hotel, Cabo Verde
Royal Horizons, Cabo Verde
Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa
Sandals Royal Caribbean, Jamaica
SDTIBM, Cabo Verde
SLHTA (Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association)
St. James Municipal Corporation, Jamaica
Tenerife Tourism Council
Tourism Product Development Co. Jamaica
Turkish Chamber of Shipping, Fethiye branch
TURMEPA, Fethiye branch
UNEP DTU Partnership
Vila Verde, Cabo Verde
Vista Verde, Cabo Verde