With the focus on climate control and the ever changing environment around us, we are becoming more aware of ways we can be “greener” and one of the biggest growing areas for change is in travel.

People want to travel, have their family holidays, take the gap year and backpack through Europe or simply spend their retirement taking the long way around Australia – so this is something that people will want to be more environmentally minded about but with this there is a wide range of new concepts to understand but common knowledge tells us the best way to begin being a green traveller is  to “take only pictures but leave only footprints”.

  1. Eco-Tourism – within Australia we have a very big focus on tourism. People just LOVE travelling around Australia and seeing all that it has to offer. Eco-tourism as defined by Ecotourism Australia,

    “Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation”

  2. Sustainable Travel – according to Detour Destinations

    Sustainable Tourism is defined as a level of tourism activity that can be maintained over the long term because it results in a net benefit for the social, economic, natural and cultural environments of the area in which it takes place.

    The Center for Sustainable Destinations is a wealth of information in regards to Sustainable Travel and Sustainable Travel International is a non-profit organisation that provide education and outreach service to help travellers, travel providers and organisations support environmental conservation, protect cultural heritage while promoting economic development.

  3. Geo Tourism –

    Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.

    Global Geotourism Conference is a newly created and geared to helping regions promote and understand the tourism opportunities. The first conference was held within Australia, and 2010 will be held in Malaysia.

  4. Eco-conscious travel can be described as being environmentally aware when travelling. Travel that is more aware of the low impact such as choosing to travel via bicycle in certain regions, taking tour operators who employ local people and who have a low impact on their surroundings.
  5. Responsible Travel is a common term if you have ever picked up a Lonely Planet guide.

    Responsible tourism can be more-or-less defined as travel that takes into consideration the ‘triple bottom line’ issues of:

    • Environment: travel that minimises negative environmental impacts and, where possible, makes positive contributions to the conservation of biodiversity, wilderness, natural and human heritage.
    • Social/Cultural: travel that respects culture and traditions and fosters authentic interaction and greater understanding between travellers and hosts.
    • Economic: travel that has financial benefits for the host community and operates on the principles of fair trade.

If you want to expand or add any terms and definitions, please let us know!

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