We have created a package of activities designed to facilitate dialogue, provide essential information and skills to support operators in the challenge of running a socially responsible tourism business.

When appropriate, the group may campaign on social or environmental issues relevant to the travel industry and the members.

For those who are not quite there yet but want to move towards ethical and responsible tourism, ETOG offers an opportunity to learn from other members and improve your practice and ethos about tourism. You can get expert advice either from other members or from Tourism Concern.

Application form to join ETOG

Join with ETOG and Tourism Concern and see how you can make your business more prosperous while ensuring local communities benefit from tourism.

Our vision

We aim to promote a fairer way to travel, for all the stakeholders in the holidays that we offer.

Our Mission
We aim to achieve this through the way in which we behave in business. We aim to influence our supply chain to create long term dividend. Our responsibility lies in ensuring that our relations with our suppliers and clients are beneficial, sustainable and equal.

Members have the opportunity to:

  • Profile their organisation on our both the Tourism Concern website and on the Ethical Travel Guide – plus inclusion in our newsletter; reaching thousands of people who are interested in ethical tourism.
  • Display the Ethical Tour Operators Group logo on their website and leaflets.
  • Attend regular¬†meetings addressing current thinking on critical issues, with occasional guest speakers from both inside and outside the industry.
  • Attend informal networking events to share experiences and exchange views.
  • Benefit from support and advice, specifically designed for smaller tour operators.
  • Be part of an influential group pushing forward the responsible tourism agenda.
  • Access to all our reports, briefings and information.

The Ethical Tour Operators Group provides a safe environment dedicated to discussing and addressing the most critical and challenging questions facing tourism and communities today. Meetings will focus on creating tools for tour operators to use in their business activities.

Members will be expected to follow the principles agreed by the group as well as Tourism Concern’s policy on working with industry.

Criteria for joining ETOG

  1. Members are expected to provide a safe, satisfying and fulfilling experience for visitors, available to all without discrimination by gender, race, disability, or in other ways.
  2. Members are expected to give open and transparent information to their customers about how their visit benefits local people.
  3. Members are expected to try to ensure that tourists respect local socio-cultural norms and the economic and environmental priorities of the destination community.
  4. Members are expected to ensure tourists pay a fair market price.

Additionally we would expect Members to address the following in their operations:

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.

If you are working to ensure that tourism is benefiting local communities, as well as your customers, then why not Join* the Ethical Tour Operators Group today?

Join with ETOG and Tourism Concern and see how you can make your business more prosperous while ensuring local communities benefit from tourism.

*Monthly / Annual Membership based on turnover (see link below for rates). 

If you are renewing or have applied and been accepted please use the link below to sign up and pay monthly. Alternatively we can invoice

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