Ethical Travel Guide Partner

Our Ethical Travel Partners Group includes some of the most committed organisations listed in our Ethical Travel Guide. Members include community based tourism projects, local responsible tour operators, homestay’s etc.. But they all have one thing in common. They all support the local economy, bringing much needed wealth to communities. It is a tribute to enterprising people all over the world and a fulfilment of Tourism Concern’s commitment to ensure that people in destinations benefit from tourism.

Join our Ethical Travel Partners Group

All Members have completed an on-line application and demonstrated how they met each of the following criteria. They have been assessed by Tourism Concern based on the answers given and score under each heading from 1 to 5 on how well they have demonstrated they meet each of the three strands of sustainability (social, economic and environmental).

We have created a package of activities designed to facilitate dialogue, provide essential information and skills to support small scale tourism providers in the challenge of running a socially responsible tourism business. The Group also offers an opportunity to learn from other Members and improve your practice and ethos about tourism.

Member Benefits

  • Members are profiled in the Ethical Travel Guide,
  • Promoted on the Ethical Travel Partners page, in our Newsletter and via Social media
  • Members can network with other Members and get expert advice either from other Members or from Tourism Concern.
  • Members support the Ethical Travel Guide and ensure that those without resources are not excluded

To join organisations must have successfully applied to be listed in the Ethical Travel Guide and signed joined as an Ethical Travel Partner

Assessment Criteria

Community Well-being:

  • To maintain and strengthen the quality of life in local communities, including social structures and access to resources, amenities and life support systems, avoiding any form of social degradation or exploitation.
  • To engage and empower local communities in planning and decision making about the management and future development of tourism in their area, in consultation with other stakeholders.
  • To respect and enhance the historic heritage, authentic culture, traditions, and distinctiveness of host communities

Local Prosperity and Social Equity

  • To maximize the contribution of tourism to the economic prosperity of the host destination, including the proportion of visitor spending that is retained locally.
  • To seek a widespread and fair distribution of economic and social benefits from tourism throughout the recipient community, including improving opportunities, income and services available to the poor.
  • To strengthen the number and quality of local jobs created and supported by tourism, including the level of pay, conditions of service and availability to all without discrimination by gender, race, disability or in other ways.

Environmental Protection

  • To maintain and enhance the quality of landscapes, both urban and rural, and avoid the physical and visual degradation of the environment.
  • To support the conservation of natural areas, habitats, and wildlife, and minimize damage to them.
  • Minimise use of scarce or non-renewable resources in the development of tourism facilities and to minimise pollution of air, water, land caused by the generation of waste by tourism enterprises and visitors.

Visitor Fulfilment

  • To provide a safe, satisfying and fulfilling experience for visitors, available to all without discrimination by gender, race, disability, or in other ways.