Top 7 Hidden Gems from the Ethical Travel Guide for 2015

Here are the Ethical Travel Guide’s Highest Rated Organisations for 2015 – Have you been to any of these locations???

As 2015 draws to a close Tourism Concern have highlighted the top 7 tourism enterprises from the newly released online ethical travel guide. These organisations have received a rare 5 star rating for their commitment to either local prosperity, community well-being or environmental protection. (See more about our assessment criteria here)

Tourism Concern has 85 countries listed on the ethical travel guide, identifying ethical travel issues related to each individual country. The guide also hosts some 400 grassroots accommodation providers, local tour operators, trekking organisations and various other ethical tourism enterprises. Why not explore one of these hidden gems in 2016…

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Street Connections Hospitality, India

  • 5 stars for community wellbeing
  • 4 stars for local prosperity
  • 3 stars for environmental protection

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Gecko Villa, Thailand

  • 5 stars for local prosperity
  • 4 stars for environmental protection
  • 3 stars for community wellbeing

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Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP), Nepal

  • 5 stars for environmental protection
  • 4 stars for community wellbeing
  • 3 stars for local prosperity

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Black Sheep Inn, Ecuador

  • 5 stars for environmental protection
  • 4 stars for community wellbeing
  • 3 stars for local prosperity

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Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries Network, Greece

  • 5 stars for local prosperity
  • 4 stars for community wellbeing
  • 4 stars for environmental protection

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Echidna Walkabout, Australia

  • 5 stars for environmental protection
  • 4 stars for community wellbeing
  • 4 stars for local prosperity

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Mano a Mano, Peru

  • 5 stars for community wellbeing
  • 4 stars for local prosperity
  • 4 stars for environmental protection

About the author

Kai Ulrik

Hi - I joined tourism concern as a volunteer in early 2014 and have been assisting with research and membership. I have a background in environmental management and business administration; with a Master's degree in Environmental management and policy. I am an avid traveller with key interests in community based tourism & highlighting the impacts of All-inclusive holidays.

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