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.


3p Weekend: Sustainable Time-Off for Socially Responsible Businesses

This week, we round up properties and destinations around the world, relevant in today’s evolving and conscious society, which focus on sustainability and…

When Will High-Speed Rail Move Forward?

High-speed rail has served to better assist travelers in countries across Europe, Asia and South America for over half a century. Due to…
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Hyatt No Longer Offering On-Demand Pornography

Hyatt recently announced that it will no longer offer on-demand pornography at its 600-plus locations in over 50 countries.

Jet Blue Greens Up JFK Airport with Organic Potato Farm

Call it JFK Airport's farm-to-tray program. With any luck and a whole lot of tender loving care, Jet Blue passengers will be able…

Congress: TSA Needs Transgender Sensitivity

The Transportation Security Agency serves as the front-line buffer against terrorism at U.S. airports. Last week it faced yet another stiff rebuke from…

The U.N. Tackles Sustainable Tourism, Sort Of

The U.N.’s proposed Sustainable Development Goals address sustainable tourism with three targets, for the first time. But, not everyone agrees on the path…

Saving Water in Hospitality

There are a number of reasons that the hospitality industry should be at the forefront of reducing water usage. For starters, it would…

Dharavi: Squalid Slum or Sustainable Industry?

I was conflicted before visiting Dharavi, India. As I prepared for my visit, I became part of an ongoing debate about the real…

Getting Serious About Sustainable Tourism

Armed with shared goals and new monitoring tools, tourism can scale up positive impacts and take us a long way toward meeting sustainability…
Eco Tourism

Ecotourism is Gaining Momentum in India

Ecotourism involves exploring undisturbed natural beauty. India is gaining popularity as an ecotourism destination and has a lot to offer to nature lovers.…

3p Weekend: 12 Offbeat Companies for the Conscious Traveler

Love to travel but hate the impact? You're not alone. Luckily for the conscious and curious travelers out there, you can have the…

Galapagos: Anatomy of an EcoCruise

What is an eco-tour of the Galapagos Island like? What steps are being taken to make sure tourism doesn't negatively impact the islands?
Tortoise inspection, highlands of Isla Santa Cruz.

Introduction to the Galapagos: A Triple Bottom Line Perspective

Looking at the Galapagos from a triple bottom line point of view made the whole experience even more complex and interesting. Over the…
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Ecotourism in Ecuador: Eating Chocolate Like a Locavore

When I think seriously about becoming a locavore, I cringe at the thought of giving up coffee, avocados and especially chocolate. But now…

An Ecotourism Adventure in Ecuador

My family has embarked on a month-long trip in Ecuador. With two young children by our side, we set out to gain insight…