Sustainable Travel International

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Mission Statement

To protect and conserve our planet’s most vulnerable destinations by transforming tourism’s impact on nature and communities.

Description

Travel brings us up close to some of our planet’s most stunning natural wonders and connects us with cultures around the globe. From vibrant coral reefs and lush rainforests to snowy landscapes and soaring mountain peaks, our world provides countless opportunities for exploration. Traveling also offers an unparalleled opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and open our eyes to new perspectives.
While travel enriches our own lives, it also has the power to impact the places we visit and the people who live there - for better or worse.
In recent years, the number of international tourists has skyrocketed. While this growth creates much-needed jobs and income, it can also take an enormous toll on destinations and their local residents. Mass tourism development and irresponsible visitors can destroy fragile environments, spark conflict with local communities, harm vulnerable species, and overload a destination’s infrastructure. Not to mention tourism’s carbon footprint is contributing to the greatest threat to our planet - climate change. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
At Sustainable Travel International, we believe that tourism can and should be a force for good and a powerful means to solve these same issues. But in order for this to happen, tourism must be well-managed, and visitors and travel companies must act with purpose. We’re taking on some of the most pressing issues affecting travel and tourism, from carbon emissions to marine pollution, and have worked in more than 100 destinations around the world. We know that we can’t do this alone and that sustainable tourism will only become a reality if we each do our part. That’s why we take a collaborative approach focusing on empowering local communities, engaging travelers and businesses in responsible practices, and strengthening destination management.
Through our work we aim to create a future where all tourism is sustainable tourism and each new adventure helps to safeguard nature and empower communities.

Program Details

Sustainable Destination Development & Management: We partner with governments and other local leaders to provide them with the guidance they need to implement policies and solutions that lead to healthier destinations.
Encouraging Conscious Business: We engage tourism businesses in conscientious practices that contribute to the well-being of the communities and resources they depend on.
Inspiring Responsible Travel: We believe there’s a world of people ready to do good. We’re building a movement of travelers that are passionate about sustainable tourism and taking action to transform their impact.
Engaging Local Communities: We work alongside communities to ensure tourism meets local needs and protects their natural and cultural heritage.
Reducing & Offsetting Carbon: We help businesses and tourists minimize their impact on the planet by identifying ways to reduce their carbon footprint and offsetting the emissions they can't prevent.

Primary Issue
Land
Secondary Issue
Climate Change
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3523 Burke Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States
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