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.


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…
Cacao bean grinder

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…
Brian Linden - Luxury Tourism

Luxury Tourism: Going Green in China

China is relatively new to domestic tourism, but as is typical of most things Chinese, its tourism industry is developing on a grand…
Airbnb, sharing economy, business travelers, Leon Kaye, San Francisco, New York, Concur, travel

Airbnb Goes After Business Travelers

More business travelers are choosing Airbnb when attending those conferences or sales meetings instead of hotels. And why not?
Ecoalsur, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Chaco Gran, social enterprise, Vera Tochetti, travel, responsible travel, leon kaye, sed cero

An App for Sustainable Travel and Doing Good: Ecoalsur

Ecoalsur is a group of travel writers, adventurers and techies seeking to inspire travelers to see the world in a more environmentally responsible…
Budapest tourism

Budapest: Europe’s Little Known Cycling City

Budapest is quickly emerging as bicycle city, and it seems to have found the winning formula for supporting cycling.
According to a 2012 report by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the reef has lost over half of its coral in the past quarter-century.

Can the Great Barrier Reef Be Saved?

The world’s largest coral reef system is in danger of disappearing: Can it be saved?