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 Social Good Dilemma for Businesses

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U.S. Travel Restrictions May Cost Tourism Sector $7.4 Billion This Year

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For Hilton, Corporate Responsibility Means Customer Trust

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Iceland Considers Tourism Tax to Cope with Flood of Visitors

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Can a Sustainable Event Industry Create Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions?

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Patagonia Withdraws From Outdoor Retailer Event Over Lands Dispute in Utah

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Airbnb Ups the Ante on Refugee Commitment

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What the Tourism Industry Should Take Away From COP22

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Greening Aviation from the Ground Up

When it comes to green aviation, most of us think about how the planes and engines are becoming more efficient (and they are!).…

Our Disappearing Coastlines: The Cost of Extreme Weather

Climate change is wreaking havoc on our beaches and shorelines, thanks to more frequent storms of increasing intensity.

Can the Great Barrier Reef Be Saved?

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TripAdvisor is Phasing Out Ticket Sales to Animal Attractions

The $1.5 billion Massachusetts-based travel company, which was one of the first adopters of user-generated content, plans to pull tickets for hundreds of…

Can Positive Marketing Boost KLM in the U.S.?

KLM is looking to grow its brand in the U.S. Will emphasizing service rather than price pay off amidst the rise of super-discount…