Our achievements

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Since the Travel Foundation’s inception in 2003, we have helped to ensure tourism brings greater benefits for communities and protection for the environment in tourism destinations around the world.

Scroll down to see just some of the successes that we have achieved over the years, or read our 2022 Annual Review.

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Destination Stewardship

We support destinations to develop better, more sustainable tourism that ensures an equitable use of resources, gives residents a voice, and protects destination assets.  For example:

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Tourism Products

We influence how tourism products are developed and sold to spread the benefits of tourism and to protect the environment.  For example:

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Working together

In 2020, we joined forces with five other leading international tourism NGOs to launch the ground-breaking Future of Tourism Coalition and by the end of the year over over 400 tourism organisations had signed up to the 13 guiding principles. The Coalition aims to bring tourism organisations together to create change, providing a shared vision for the future and enabling organsations to work together to achieve it.

Coalition members: Center for Responsible Travel, Destination Stewardship Centre, Green Destinations, Sustainable Travel International, Tourism Cares, The Travel Foundation.


2021: Nominated as one of the Top 75 Most Innovative Organisations in Tourism Policy
Jeremy Sampson, our CEO nominated in Phocus Wire’s list of ‘Travel’s movers and shakers‘.

2020: FITURNext Challenge: ‘How tourism can contribute to local economic development’ – finalist for Taste of Fethiye.

2019: National Energy Globe Award: Cape Verde. In partnership with TUI Care Foundation, EcoVisao, RHP Ltd and GestEnGreen.

2018: Global Good Awards: Silver in the sustainable supply chains category for ‘Taste of Fethiye’.

2016: WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, Finalist: Innovation award for ‘Measuring Tourism’s Impact’ by PwC, Travel Foundation & TUI Group.

2015: TVE Global Sustainability Film Awards, Judges’ Special Recognition award: ‘Taste of Fethiye’ film.
UNWTO Ulysses Award, For Innovations in NGOs. First place runner up: Taste of Fethiye.
Responsible Tourism Awards, Best Destination, Silver: Cyprus Tourism Organisation, including for Travel Foundation projects.

2014: recognised by the regional government and the Regional Ministry of Tourism and Community Development for ‘outstanding participation and support for promotion of tourism and community development’.

2013: The British Travel Industry Hall of Fame Ambassador Award, Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Travel for Sue Hurdle, Travel Foundation CEO.

2010: The Charity Awards, Winner – Animals and the Environment.

2009: UNWTO Ulysses Special Jury Prize for Innovation in NGOs for creating destination partnerships in sustainable tourism.
WTM, Responsible Tourism Awards: Cultural Engagement – Estrela community tours, highly commended; Poverty Reduction – Tribal Voice Communications, highly commended.  Both for projects supported by the Travel Foundation.

2008: WTM, Responsible Tourism Awards, Poverty Reduction – ‘Gambia is Good’ project supported by the Travel Foundation.

2006: WTM, Responsible Tourism Awards. Best Destination – Travel Foundation Tobago highly commended.

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