TikaWeeks #43/2023: Sri Lanka update
Posted by John on 26th October 2023
As a follow on from last week’s blog about travel and nature, this update focuses on the progress made by Responsible Travel since its inception in 2001. In its recently published impact report, Tipping the Scales, the trailblazing sustainable travel portal emphasises the three key elements to its fundamental ethos: carbon, nature and people. The report details the goals and impact strategy, actions and results, and progress and learning over two decades of operation. Ultimately it is a comprehensive overview of how it is working with global partners to minimise tourism’s harmful impact, and maximise the good. Full of hope and inspiring stories, it is also an honest appraisal of the limitations and lessons learnt.
In 2001, Responsible Travel set out with one simple idea; holidays could do good. Since then, over 200,000 travellers have chosen a more responsible holiday through the portal, which includes over 22,000 trips carefully screened for their commitment to local communities and nature – Tikalanka has 10 accredited holidays on Responsible Travel. Since then:
- 5500 children across 14 countries have benefitted from the Trip for a Trip programme.
- Provided responsible tourism policy advice to over 5000 potential partners.
- Travel guides – honest explorations of destinations, activities, and responsible tourism issues – have been viewed over 17.6 million times.
- Initiated an ambitious project to label the carbon emissions of each trip on their website, so you can choose a lower carbon holiday.
When it comes to balancing the good and bad impact of tourism, Responsible Travel is striving to tip the scales in favour of good.« All articles