Published on Wednesday, September 2, 2020

New guide showing the way to green and fully sustainable holidays



\\The COVID-19 crisis is set to generate an unprecedented change towards green and responsible travel. Overtourism-impacted cities are planning for change and a billion people previously attracted to mass tourism consider less crowded places. In this critical time, a global guide has been launched for those who want to plan for a quiet, green and 100% sustainable holiday. The Good Travel Guide promises to make this possible within one year from now. The current first version enables travellers to find a sustainable accommodation in a responsible destination, including almost all Sustainable Top 100 destinations from 2019. The new 2020 Top 100 destinations will be added in September.


"We say to all big and small travel companies, your sustainability claims are false unless and until you put your complete offer to the test" says Albert Salman, founder of Green Destinations, the world's largest network of sustainable destinations with over 200 members. "For too long unsustainable and irresponsible packages have been sold as 'dream holidays', too many stories have been told to make money at the expense of local communities and the planet. We call upon all travellers to ask for independent proof. This is the only way for the big tourism 'greenwashing' to come to an end. We invite all those making green claims to use independent certification to show how sustainable all the elements of the package really are."


The first version of the Good Travel Guide offers a selection of 30 countries that all have truly sustainable destinations. For each of these destinations, local experts share their experience with 'green travellers' in an authentic way. We will improve the site to better experience destinations while you cannot go there… yet


Ecolabel (certified) hotels and camp sites are listed and can be booked directly online. "This way we encourage travellers not to allow the global booking platforms to take their 15-25% share at the expense of hotels and local economies that are suffering so badly due to the crisis" says Salman. By the end of the year the Good Travel Guide aims to feature the responsible offer of more than 100 sustainable destinations in about 50 countries.


Apart from tips on destinations the Guide will also offer ideas and information for travellers about all kind of sustainability aspects in travel and tourism. The idea is to start a blog on sustainable (or at least responsible) options for any main group of travellers. On 16 September we will start with an article about how to deal with the offsetting of your carbon footprint of flying. Or should you use a train, coach or e-car instead? In a next edition we will discuss how a sustainable future for cruise tourism would look like.


More information:


Good Travel Guide: https://goodtravel.guide/


Good Travel Guide Team: [email protected]. The COVID-19 crisis is set to generate an unprecedented change towards green and responsible travel. Overtourism-impacted cities are planning for change and a billion people previously attracted to mass tourism consider less crowded places. In this critical time, a global guide has been launched for those who want to plan for a quiet, green and 100% sustainable holiday. The Good Travel Guide promises to make this possible within one year from now. The current first version enables travellers to find a sustainable accommodation in a responsible destination, including almost all Sustainable Top 100 destinations from 2019. The new 2020 Top 100 destinations will be added in September.


"We say to all big and small travel companies, your sustainability claims are false unless and until you put your complete offer to the test" says Albert Salman, founder of Green Destinations, the world's largest network of sustainable destinations with over 200 members. "For too long unsustainable and irresponsible packages have been sold as 'dream holidays', too many stories have been told to make money at the expense of local communities and the planet. We call upon all travellers to ask for independent proof. This is the only way for the big tourism 'greenwashing' to come to an end. We invite all those making green claims to use independent certification to show how sustainable all the elements of the package really are."


The first version of the Good Travel Guide offers a selection of 30 countries that all have truly sustainable destinations. For each of these destinations, local experts share their experience with 'green travellers' in an authentic way. We will improve the site to better experience destinations while you cannot go there… yet


Ecolabel (certified) hotels and camp sites are listed and can be booked directly online. "This way we encourage travellers not to allow the global booking platforms to take their 15-25% share at the expense of hotels and local economies that are suffering so badly due to the crisis" says Salman. By the end of the year the Good Travel Guide aims to feature the responsible offer of more than 100 sustainable destinations in about 50 countries.


Apart from tips on destinations the Guide will also offer ideas and information for travellers about all kind of sustainability aspects in travel and tourism. The idea is to start a blog on sustainable (or at least responsible) options for any main group of travellers. On 16 September we will start with an article about how to deal with the offsetting of your carbon footprint of flying. Or should you use a train, coach or e-car instead? In a next edition we will discuss how a sustainable future for cruise tourism would look like.


More information:


Good Travel Guide: https://goodtravel.guide/


Good Travel Guide Team: [email protected]

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  • what's the obsession with carbon ?

    reducing carbon footprint ? Seriously ? If this was even real, you would stop driving cars, which are by far, the worlds biggest polluters.

    By Michael Anderson, Monday, September 7, 2020

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