Travel & Tourism

Building a sustainable global economy through travel

Travel is a two edged sword when it comes to sustainability. On one hand, the carbon footprint of airlines adds to earth’s global warming woes while all too often the economic benefits of travel are confined to global hotel chains. On the other hand, the societal benefits of seeing the world and learning about new cultures is priceless. Better technology has improved travel’s carbon footprint and eco-tourism has allowed local communities and environments to benefit from tourist dollars more directly.

Follow along on this page for our “triple bottom line” look at travel.

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Airbnb Hopes Big-Name Hires Can Salvage Its Image

Following a number of discrimination lawsuits, Airbnb's reputation is on shaky ground. The company hopes some notable hires, including former U.S. Attorney General…
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Small Group Tours are Transforming the Travel Industry

A quickly emerging market of small, specialized group tour operators offer a more sustainable, social, affordable and ultimately transformative experience for the traveler.
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Sustainability on the Menu in Copenhagen: 3 Stand-Out Restaurants to Try

Forget Noma: Here are three great Copenhagen restaurants worth trying ... and they're deeply committed to sustainability, too!
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Copenhagen’s Solar Boats Offer a Fun and Green Afternoon

Copenhagen's self-guided solar boat rental is a fantastic, and sustainable, way to see the city.
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The Long Road to True Innovation

In today’s world, “innovation” is often synonymous with “fast.” But when the stakes are high, the mission is critical, and failure is not…
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JetBlue’s Purpose-Driven Campaigns Spark Conversation

During a divisive time, how can a company inspire people to lay aside personal opinions and do something for the greater good? JetBlue…
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B-Lister’s Memoir of ‘Gap Year’ in Africa Makes the Case Against Voluntourism

Unfortunately for Louise Linton's future career prospects, the reception of her self-published book about a voluntourism stint in Zambia did not go well.…
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Hong Kong’s Beaches Inundated With Trash from Mainland China

This summer many of Hong Kong's beaches have been flooded by trash, the vast majority of which appears to have come from mainland…
The "Give a Sh!rt" installation in downtown Toronto seeks to bring attention to the world's clothing waste problem.

3p Weekend: Recycled Art Installations From Around the World

This week we tip our hats to artists around the world who set out to make a statement with their work and inspire…
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Why Hotels Fell Behind On Sustainability and How They Caught Up

Hotels have been accused of damaging the environment, and sometimes with good reason. Luckily, things are changing fast. Sustainable eco-tourism is on the…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Peña Nieto to Ottawa.

‘Three Amigos’ Canada, U.S. and Mexico Forge Clean Energy and Climate Goals

The U.S., Canada and Mexico took a huge step yesterday in setting new goals to combat climate change. Agreements signed by the three…
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New App Helps Combat Human Trafficking in Hotels

The next time you snap pics on vacation, consider taking a shot of your hotel room: It could save a human trafficking victim.
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Could Tourism Offer a Future for Botswana’s Bushmen?

Will Botswana’s thriving ecotourism industry finally involve its first people?
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Strippers and Ubers? They May Be More Alike Than You Think

An appeals court ruled last week that strippers are considered employees, rather than independent contractors. And many of the findings can be applied…
Hawaiian Paddle Sports team members pose after a day of providing free surf lessons and outrigger canoe paddling to some of Maui's underprivileged youth. (PC: Hawaiian Paddle Sports)

(Re)Defining Sustainable Travel with Certified B Corps

For the travel industry, the balance between promoting a natural resource and contributing to over-utilization is a difficult chord to strike. Certified B…
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