What is eco-travel?

Eco-travel is responsible low-impact travel which is sensitive to the environment and local cultures. Its purpose is to sustain the well-being of local people and prevent damage to natural ecosystems whilst providing a rich and rewarding experience for the traveller.

Since travel operators can interpret that definition in many ways, and pay lip service to eco-travel principles without actually putting them in practice, travellers should conduct research to make an informed decision when choosing a holiday. For guidance on choosing an eco-tour operator contact:

In the USA

The International Ecotourism Society,
733 15th Street, NW Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005, USA

Tel: 202-347-9203
Fax: 202-387-7915

E-mail: ecomail@ecotourism.org
Web: www.ecotourism.org

In the UK

Tourism Concern,
Stapleton House,
277 - 281 Holloway Road,
London, N7 8HN.

Tel: 020 7133 3800

E-mail: info@tourismconcern.org.uk
Web: www.tourismconcern.org.uk

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