Travel Rules within Australia May 20, 2020

Travel Rules within Australia May 20, 2020


Travel Rules within Australia

May 20, 2020


Green Getaways

Take 3 for the Sea

May 20, 2020


The Federal Government has announced that Australia will proceed in an orderly fashion towards reducing coronavirus restrictions in Australia over three stages by July. Each state has a different set of rules, so it is important to keep up to date with any changes in the are you intend to travel.

Photo: Somewhere Unique, Hunter Valley NSW

The NSW government has confirmed that NSW travel will be unrestricted from June 1, which includes travel for leisure and holidays.

NSW has no restrictions on entry to any of its borders.

Browse your NSW Holiday


The Buckland Studio 5

Photo: Buckland Studio Retreat, Bright Victoria

All of Victoria’s borders remain open, though it has applied stricter rules around visiting and intra-state travel.

The main rule for travelling in Victoria is that there is now no limit how far you can travel within the state.

Plan your Victorian getaway here



Queensland has announced the end of restrictions around visiting Fraser, Stradbroke and Moreton Islands for day trips, but camping is not yet permitted.

People can travel up to 150 kilometres in their region for day trips.
Camping and accommodation plus broader travel up to 250 kilometres from people’s houses will be allowed from June 12.

 Photo: Silky Oaks Lodge

Plan your next Queensland holiday…




Photo: Margaret River Retreat

Western Australians can now also leave home for non-contact recreational activities, such as private picnics in the park, fishing, boating, hiking or camping.
However, the state’s strict intra-state travel restrictions remain in place.

Your West Australia holiday.




Photo: Ovolo Nishi

No border restrictions for road travel have yet been imposed in the ACT.

The territory has indicated that there are no formal plans around reducing any of its current restrictions, with officials noting were the territory to open cafes and clubs, it would likely experience an influx of interstate visitors thanks to the lack of border controls.

Browse your options for an ACT Break ….



Photo: Cicada Lodge

The NT was one of the first territories to impose travel restrictions.

Anyone who arrives by air or road into the Northern Territory is required to self-isolate for 14 days, or risk fines of up to $62,000 and even imprisonment.
Remote communities have also been sealed off from all but emergency workers and medical staff.

Travellers arriving into the NT are now not only be forced to self-isolate for 14 days, they will by law be placed in quarantine in a hotel, and will also have to pay for food and lodging while there.​

Plan your Northern Territory holiday..


Cabn exterior

Photo: Cabn

There are no restrictions on travel within South Australia.

Previous advice was to re-consider your need to travel to regional areas. This advice has now been relaxed.

Your South Australia getaway…


Photo: The Trig

Border controls remain in place except domestic travelling. That means that Tasmanians will need to limit their search to Tasmanian locations.

Tasmanian accommodation providers are now allowed to take bookings for visits 15 June onwards. Thank you to Huon Bush Retreats for this information)

Tasmanian residents can quarantine in their principal residence if it is suitable.

International travellers returning to Tasmania are subject to hotel quarantine for 14 days.

Your Tasmanian getaway…

Northern NSW Best Accommodation for a Post Covid-19 Getaway

Northern NSW Best Accommodation for a Post Covid-19 Getaway

Northern NSW

The Best Accommodation for a Post Covid-19 Getaway


Green Getaways

Take 3 for the Sea

May 13, 2020


As we look ahead to transition to a post Covid-19 world, many people are questioning the “business as usual” model, particularly when it comes to travel.

We now want something better.

Byron at Byron walk Photo: Byron on Byron


It has certainly been a traumatic start to 2020 in Australia with our nightmare bushfire season and the coronavirus pandemic. 

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has challenged us to think about our way of life. This includes the type of consumption that underpins the outdated and unsustainable ways seen in much of the travel and tourism industries. Many travellers are now realizing that the best accommodation needs to be sustainable and aware of its ecological footprint on the local and international environment.

While all of us will remain cautious, the fact is that Australians will soon be encouraged to make plans to travel domestically — particularly to bushfire-affected regions and towns — as soon as it deemed safe to do so by the Federal and State Governments.

So while you are waiting for the official announcement, here are some great ideas to get the travel juices flowing again…. and enjoy the best of Northern NSW accommodation. 

Byron on Byron


Bike riding

Byron on Byron has said no to plastic water bottles and instead offer compostable and biodegradable Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) paperboard containers along with reusable glass bottles. Straws, disposable bags and takeaway containers are plastic-free, made from corn, sugar cane and related environmentally friendly and fully degradable materials.

Byron on Byron is just a few minutes from Byron Bay itself, yet is nestled in 45 acres of magical subtropical rainforest, and is a celebration of nature, responsible luxury and the local environment. Guests can walk amid the rainforest and discover the resident flora and fauna, as well as indulge in a few of life’s little luxuries with a blissful signature spa treatment in your private haven.


Read more: Byron on Byron accommodation in Northern NSW


Out of a crisis comes a realization that we need to protect what is really important.


Uralba Eco Cottages

Uralba Eco Cottages promises peace and relaxation in an ecologically sustainable natural environment. The property is run by a couple who are passionate in their care for the environment. They have spent the last 25 years not just minimising their impact on the environment, but actively improving it. Wake up to the sound of bird song and delight in the fact that you are nestled in 38 acres of sub tropical rainforest.

Stay in the newly constructed self contained Kookaburra Cottage which is entirely off-grid and set in lush sub-tropical gardens.

Uralba Eco Cottages koalas

Uralba Eco Cottages have Advanced Ecotourism Certification and have achieved Land for Wildlife status.

Read more: Uralba Eco Cottages accommodation in Northern NSW


Silk Pavilions

Looking for glamping accommodation near Byron Bay?

Silk Pavilions offers breathtaking views of Mount Warning and The Border Ranges. Your glamping tent is surrounded by 100 acres of lush virtually unexplored, untouched forest filled with a huge variety of birdlife and native animals.



The glamping tents are a wonderful experience for those wanting to camp in nature without having to bring all the gear and spend hours setting up. The tents include some very special touches, sure to please.

Silk Pavilions

Silk Pavilions have their own creek and two spring fed dams, filled with lily pads, wood ducks and frogs. There is plenty of room to walk around and explore, taking in all the fresh air and natural beauty of Silk Pavilions. They feed the resident Wallabies every day at around 4:30pm.

Read more: Silk Pavilions accommodation in Northern NSW


Covid-19 Aftermath : Is this an opportunity for sustainable travel?

Covid-19 Aftermath : Is this an opportunity for sustainable travel?

Covid-19 Aftermath : Is this an opportunity for sustainable travel?

Green Getaways

Take 3 for the Sea
May 1, 2020


The end of global travel as we know it: an opportunity for sustainable tourism





by Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, University of South Australia

Saturday, March 14 2020, is “The Day the World Stopped Travelling”, in the words of Rifat Ali, head of travel analytics company Skift.

That’s a little dramatic, perhaps, but every day since has brought us closer to it being reality.

The COVID-19 crisis has the global travel industry – “the most consequential industry in the world”, says Ali – in uncharted territory. Nations are shutting their borders. Airlines face bankruptcy. Ports are refusing entry to cruise ships, threatening the very basis of the cruise business model.

Associated hospitality, arts and cultural industries are threatened. Major events are being cancelled. Tourist seasons in many tourist destinations are collapsing. Vulnerable workers on casual, seasonal or gig contracts are suffering. It seems an epic disaster.

But is it?

Considering human activities need to change if we are to avoid the worst effects of human-induced climate change, the coronavirus crisis might offer us an unexpected opportunity.

Ali, like many others, wants recovery, “even if it takes a while to get back up and return to pre-coronavirus traveller numbers”.

But rather than try to return to business as usual as soon as possible, COVID-19 challenges us to think about the type of consumption that underpins the unsustainable ways of the travel and tourism industries.

Tourism dependency

Air travel features prominently in discussions about reducing carbon emissions. Even if commercial aviation accounts “only” for about 2.4% of all emissions from fossil-fuel use, flying is still how many of us in the industrialised world blow out our carbon footprints.

Read more:
Flight shame won’t fix airline emissions. We need a smarter solution

But sustainability concerns in the travel and tourism sectors extend far beyond carbon emissions.

In many places tourism has grown beyond its sustainable bounds, to the detriment of local communities.

The overtourism of places like Venice, Barcelona and Reykjavik is one result. Cruise ships disgorge thousands of people for half-day visits that overwhelm the destination but leave little economic benefit.


Graffiti in Barcelona: ‘Tourists go home. Refugees welcome.’
Dunk/flickr, CC BY-SA

Cheap airline fares encourage weekend breaks in Europe that have inundated old cities such as Prague and Dubrovnik. The need for growth becomes self-perpetuating as tourism dependency locks communities into the system.

In a 2010 paper I argued the problem was tourism underpinned by what sociologist Leslie Sklair called the “culture-ideology of consumerism” – by which consumption patterns that were once the preserve of the rich became endemic.

Read more:
Tourists behaving badly are a threat to global tourism, and the industry is partly to blame

Tourism is embedded in that culture-ideology as an essential pillar to achieve endless economic growth. For instance, the Australian government prioritises tourism as a “supergrowth industry”, accounting for almost 10% of “exports” in 2017-18.

Out of crisis comes creativity

Many are desperate to ensure business continues as usual. “If people will not travel,” said Ariel Cohen of California-based business travel agency TripActions, “the economy will grind to a halt.”

COVID-19 is a radical wake-up call to this way of thinking. Even if Cohen is right, that economic reality now needs to change to accommodate the more pressing public health reality.

It is a big economic hit, but crisis invites creativity. Grounded business travellers are realising virtual business meetings work satisfactorily. Conferences are reorganising for virtual sessions. Arts and cultural events and institutions are turning to live streaming to connect with audiences.

In Italian cities under lockdown, residents have come out on their balconies to create music as a community.

Local cafes and food co-ops, including my local, are reaching out with support for the community’s marginalised and elderly to ensure they are not forgotten.

These responses challenge the atomised individualism that has gone hand in hand with the consumerism of travel and tourism. This public health crisis reminds us our well-being depends not on being consumers but on being part of a community.

Read more:
Rethinking tourism so the locals actually benefit from hosting visitors

Staying closer to home could be a catalyst awakening us to the value of eating locally, travelling less and just slowing down and connecting to our community.

After this crisis passes, we might find the old business as usual less compelling. We might learn that not travelling long distances didn’t stop us travelling; it just enlivened us to the richness of local travel.The Conversation

Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management, University of South Australia

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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7 ways to explore Australia from home

7 ways to explore Australia from home

7 Ways to Explore Australia from Home

Take 3 for the Sea

Green Getaways

April 2020


7 ways to explore Australia from home​

Missing out on your annual holiday? Despite international and domestic travel being put on hold, we’ve compiled a list of some amazing destinations within Australia that you can check out from the comfort of your own home (social-distancing approved!)​

The added beauty of our selection of armchair travel is that you are not reliant on the weather, delayed flights, adding to Co2 levels or overtourism. And it is totally free!

1. Visit Queensland’s Heron Island and the Great Barrier Reef

With this stunning virtual tour of Heron Island you will feel fully immersed in the beauty and splendour of Australia’s home to the green turtle. Go for a dive or stroll along beautiful Shark Bay beach.

And while you may not actually be able to visit at the moment due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, you can still plan your visit for next year at Heron Island Resort.

The resort offers many activities such as guided island and reef walks, semi-submersible cruises and private beach picnics. An amazing array of animal and bird life can be discovered throughout the year, such as the delightful Green and Loggerhead Turtles. Heron is also world famous for its fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling such as the dives featured in the virtual tour.  There are more than 20 dive sites are available, half of which are only 15 minutes from the beach.



The Great Barrier Reef

Like everything in which David Attenborough is involved, this virtual tour of  Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is absolutely stunning.  With David Attenborough as the narrator, you can  investigate what it is that makes The Great Barrier Reef such a special place, how far some animals are prepared to travel to get here, and some of the surprising ways animals navigate their way through this beautiful world.

Highly recommended.


2. From the Sydney Opera House to Your House 

Feel the need for some culture after exploring the outdoors of Australia? While the doors to the Opera House might be closed for now, this iconic and loved performance venue is bringing a new digital program of weekly live recordings, never-before-seen footage, as well as podcasts, articles, videos and more.



3. Keep Up with the Animals at Taronga Zoo

Despite being currently closed, Sydney’s iconic Taronga Zoo has given us a front-row seat into the lives of their residents by offering free “Taronga TV.” Tune in daily for interesting updates, keeper talks and live videos of their famous residents (we particularly love the Easter Egg delivery video for Naga the Komodo Dragon).


4. Hamersley Gorge, West Australia

Feel like a walk through one of Australia’s most beautiful gorges?

Hamersley Gorge in Karijini National Park provides a wonderful opportunity to see the ever-changing light and astonishing colours that highlight complex geological forces in this spectacular landscape. A short walk leads into the gorge.

If you’d like to stay in the area at some point, Karijini Eco Retreat is an excellent option.


5. Explore the sacred grounds of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Featuring a tour guided by the Anaghu traditional owners, as well as beautiful sounds and music, this virtual tour allows you to fully immerse yourself in the knowledge and stories of Uluru.



6. Immerse yourself in a journey through Tasmania

Been planning a trip to Tasmania?It will happen, but in the meantime why not explore the various stunning locations of this wonderful island. From beaches, ancient rainforests and craggy mountaintops, this website offers panoramic views and a variety of videos to take you there…well, almost!)

And if you would like to check out your sustainable accommodation options, have a look at Accommodation in Tasmania for some great choices to suit all budgets.


7. The Journey of Captain Cook’s Endeavour

The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of HMB Endeavour’s voyage along the east coast of Australia. It is a story that lies at the very core of Australia’s history.

The anniversary is an opportunity to seek new ways of understanding and representing the past. It is also a chance to continue building stronger, more meaningful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Cook’s voyage transformed European knowledge of the globe and its peoples through scientific endeavour and extraordinary navigational feats. 

This exhibition takes you on a journey, travelling on board the ship with Cook and for the first time hearing the stories from those on the shore.


How you can help bushfire affected tourism businesses

How you can help bushfire affected tourism businesses

Why your tourism dollars are more important than ever

The Australian Bushfires

Green Getaways

Take 3 for the Sea

January 2020 


How you can help bushfire affected tourism businesses: 

Why your tourism dollars are more important than ever

Throughout the bushfire-affected zones of NSW, South Australia and Victoria, many accommodation businesses – and the communities and families which rely on them – are facing many challenges as the clean-up after the horrific bushfires that swept through many parts of Australia begins.

Tourism operators are hoping people don’t abandon them in the most difficult of times.

Support these tourism operators and grab a great deal at the same time!

Find out more….

When businesses struggle, so too do employees, and with reduced work and reduced income, many struggling families have and will experience difficulties remaining afloat.

The executive director of the Australian Tourism Industry Council, Simon Westaway, estimated the bushfire crisis had cost the national industry “hundreds of millions” of dollars.

“I wouldn’t want to put a billion in front of it yet,” he said.

“Every bed was cancelled in a fire zone, and even in non-fire zones, the cancellation rates have been upwards of 50 per cent.”

From fires in Queensland starting as early as September, to the mid north coast of NSW fires, and the most recent fires that ravaged southern NSW, Victoria and Kangaroo Island, there is no denying that tourism businesses have had more than their fair share of difficulties in the past year.

In the Blue Mountains, there have been a number of fires in surrounding areas, but none have reached the townships in the main tourist area. Many tourism businesses however have seen 100% of its bookings cancelled, with some forced to cut shifts and reduce permanent hours. Some companies are even considering letting employees go if things don’t change fast.

The usually popular beachside destination of Kiama is 90 minutes south of Sydney and hasn’t had a fire in the current crisis. But while January is normally their busiest month, it looks like this year’s trade will be significantly weakened, with toursim operators reporting a significant downturn.

However, it is now time to pick up the pieces and move forward.

“Our very strong message to future visitors is to keep us in your thoughts over the coming weeks and months as you plan your holidays,” says Bega Valley Shire’s Daniel Murphy.

“Most of what people love about this place remains and I really believe there is now an opportunity to go deeper and connect with the Sapphire Coast on a new level.”

Sapphire Coast

Lakes Entrance, Paynesville, Metung, Bairnsdale and other destinations, are up and running again — but there are no holiday-makers.

Gippsland East MP Tim Bull confirms the extent of the problem: “Our businesses have come off three years of drought and then copped this whack that has decimated the tourist season.

“For those who want to help, the best thing you can do is come visit us this summer.”

Destination Gippsland chief executive Terry Robinson said tourism in East Gippsland was worth about $400 million a year, and estimated that the economic cost of the fires could total “tens of millions of dollars”.

He encouraged those planning a holiday to consider the Gippsland towns declared safe for the Australia Day, Labour Day and Easter breaks.

“For areas that lie closer to the fires, people can book now, pay now and travel later,” he said. “That way the business gets the benefit of cash injection now and the person booking can enjoy later knowing they have made a difference.”

Police have urged visitors to observe road closures and respect the privacy of residents who have lost homes by avoiding fire-affected areas. Potential tourists should also contact operators or accommodation providers before leaving home.

The latest Tourism Bushfire info may be found here at Tourism Australia


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Responsible Travel and Cultural Sensitivity

Responsible Travel and Cultural Sensitivity

Responsible Travel and Cultural Sensitivity

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Green Getaways

January 2019

Responsible Travel and Cultural Sensitivity

When it comes to responsible travel and cultural sensitivity, there are a number of guidelines which will get any traveller through most situations.

Before you depart on any trip, take the time to understand the cultural sensitivities of the country you will be visiting.  The information you discover should inform your attitudes, behaviour and attire for the duration of your journey.

Do Your Research

When visiting a country you are unfamiliar with, try doing a bit of research beforehand to gather some insight into local values and culture. Read the local newspapers online before you go to find out more about the religious, cultural and social norms of the country to which you will be traveling, as well as the history and recent politics of the area. With Facebook and the internet making all this easily available, this is not a huge call, but can make all the difference to your understanding of the country you are visiting. And being informed gives you interesting and relevant things to talk about with locals, and it shows them you care about the issues facing them.

Dressing Appropriately

As a tourist, picture yourself as a guest entering someone’s home. This is the ideal attitude of anyone visiting a foreign country or culture. If the local community take their shoes off before entering another’s house or place of worship, do likewise and take your shoes off. Similarly, if the local people are made uncomfortable by T shirts with no sleeves in public places, then wear shirts with sleeves. It is not really that hard. The way you dress is something you have complete control over. People have different views on how far you should take this—especially for women traveling in religiously conservative cultures. And surely it goes without saying to avoid wearing T shirts with offensive slogans. (Australian tourists in Bali and Thailand – we’re looking at you!)




Take the time to research how locals dress in various situations, especially for cultural or religious events. And you’ll find that you stand out less if you make an effort to dress more like a local. Dressing appropriately is just basic good manners and would seem like common sense, but it is an unfortunate aspect of travel that many people abuse the enormous privilege of visiting another’s country.


Speaking the Language

Most of us end up in countries where we cannot speak the local language and have to resort to body gestures to communicate with others. Take a few minutes to read up on what hand gestures are used, or could be offensive in the places where you are travelling. Similarly, a few basic phrases, even just a simple ‘thank you’ and ‘hello’ will go a very long way to demonstrate that you respect the local language and culture and will get you started communicating in a culturally relevant and appropriate manner. Accompanied by a few hand gestures and a genuine smile, this is the bare minimum that will get you by in a variety of common travel situations. It will also make you more confident and comfortable in everyday situations like transport and ordering food in local eateries. And with countless new language apps available, there are really no excuses for not having few basic phrases ready to go.

Remember that you are just a visitor. 

You should leave as little trace as possible.

Travel Photography

Travel photography should always be approached from a place of respect. Always ask before taking a photo. Just think of a reverse situation- someone taking a photo of you without asking permission. This came home to me once when a small group of tourists entered the property I owned at one stage in my life, to take photos of our “cute cottage” and the local kangaroos. I was shocked at how it may me feel and this feeling has stayed with me ever since.




If it is not possible to ask whether it is OK to take a photo, be willing to forgo the opportunity or ask a trusted friend or guide who is comfortable enough to tell you “no.” Remember that there are parts of the world where it is genuinely believed that a camera captures the soul. Do a bit of research before you travel and try to understand local attitudes towards photography. Be aware of when you could offend someone whose religion or culture opposes its practice. Be willing to forget the photograph if it feels intrusive or exploitative. Make sure you’re not taking a photograph when it would be disrespectful – such as at a religious site. And it is not difficult to work out that taking photos of people’s faces without their consent is a no-no; it is not only considered exploitative by many, but rude and arrogant by just about everyone.

Remember that you are just a visitor. Never assume that your knowledge, medicine, food, or equipment are better than the locals’.

You should leave as little trace as possible, whether it be on the environment or with the cultural practice of the people. Being culturally sensitive, abiding by the local customs and behaving like the guest that you are, allows you to experience deep, authentic moments with the people that you meet.  In the end, following the guidelines above will enrich your travels and turns precious moments of interaction into lifelong memories.


How to be Responsible Tourism Accommodation: First Steps

How to be Responsible Tourism Accommodation: First Steps

How to be Responsible Travel Accommodation : First Steps

Green Getaways

Take 3 for the Sea

November 2018


How to Be a Responsible Tourism Operator: First Steps

In 2019, the way forward for many travellers is responsible tourism. Responsible travel is a new type of travelling, for people who want to reduce the impact that they are having on the environment as they travel. And these travellers are looking for places to stay that will help them minimise their impact on the environment.

Although this may seem a bit overwhelming at the beginning, there are a few practical steps you can take to make your accommodation more environmentally friendly. First and foremost, you will need to create an environmental policy, so you know what you are already doing and how you can improve. Your policy will need to set achievable and realistic targets will enable you to continually reduce the negative impacts of your business, while increasing the positive effects your operations have on the social and physical environment.  

Water use

• Conduct a water audit to figure out where your accommodation is consuming the most water
• Offer guests the opportunity to choose cleaning of their rooms and changing of towels every second day or on request in order to avoid water waste.

Support for Local Charities or Conservation Groups

• Donate to local conservation groups, and invite your guests to do the same
• Offer information about local conservation efforts to tourists who are interested in getting involved, demonstrating how much you care about your local community
• Invite local conservation leaders to lead tours of the local environment, (or lead them yourself!) and invite guests to come along and take the opportunity to learn more about conservation.


Recycling and composting

If you intend to take responsible tourism seriously, recycling and composting are a must.
• Create a composting bin and use it to start your own garden
• Place recycling bins throughout your accommodation. Train your staff to use them properly, and leave information for guests to guide them on what should be thrown away and what should be recycled.


Recycling bins


Responsible Use of Food

  • Source food as locally as possible and serve food that is seasonal to your area, rather than having it transported halfway across the world.
  • Serve fish that has been farmed sustainably.
  • Look for food items that have a fair trade label.


Energy Use

• Install solar panels to generate your own clean electricity.
• Use timer switches and thermostats to control your heating system’s output.
• Get low-energy lighting like fluorescent tubes or LED light fittings.
• Purchase energy-efficient rated units when replacing appliances.


Responsible tourism will help your business become more successful as new marketing opportunities open up in an evolving and expanding space.


Local Economy

  • Source your supplies locally to support your local community
  • Recommend local guides and suggest to your guests that they eat at locally owned restaurants.  Keeping the profit in the community will both ensure that the destination continues to exist and the local community can prosper.
  • Supply information about public transport in the local area.
  • Promote growth within your local economy by hiring nearby residents and using as many locally-sourced goods and supplies as possible.
  • Showcase local products that are unique to your area, or partner with nearby businesses to cross promote local goods and services.




Local Environment

  • Plant indigenous trees/shrubs in your area. 
  • Provide information to guests to help them understand the local ecosystem and to minimise damage to the environment, wildlife or marine ecosystems.


The positive impact made by these changes will make your efforts worthwhile.

Quite aside from the knowledge that you are helping to protect the environment, responsible tourism will help your business become more successful as new marketing opportunities open up in an evolving and expanding space. Sustainable, responsible, green, eco friendly… these words are appealing to more and more travellers who want to reduce their impact on the planet, but don’t necessarily know how to go about it. Your accommodation business can take the opportunity to allow them to do this.

And if you would like to go further, you can find more detailed information at the Global Sustainable Tourism Council




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Responsible Travel Trends 2019

Responsible Travel Trends 2019

Responsible Travel Trends 2019

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Green Getaways

December 2018

Responsible Travel Providers a Growing Trend in 2019

The number of people who say a company’s sustainability credentials are important when booking a holiday has almost doubled in four years.

More than two-fifths (45%) of people say the sustainability credentials of their travel provider are important when booking a holiday this year – which has almost doubled over the last four years (24% in 2014)1.

The findings are published as part of ABTA’s Travel Trends 2019 report, released in December 2018, which highlights that responsible tourism is now becoming an increasingly significant consideration when booking a holiday.

Responsible travel is now becoming an increasingly significant consideration when booking a holiday.

Travel Trends 2019 is based on market information and consumer insights, revealing five key trends expected to shape holiday choices in 2019 and highlighting ABTA’s “12 destinations to watch”. It also identifies that, despite political uncertainty, people are committed to taking holidays and the desire to get a value-for-money break is also expected to influence holiday decisions over the next 12 months.

Responsible tourism goes mainstream


This past year, 2018,  has seen a number of sustainability issues move further into the public’s consciousness – with much greater awareness of the impact of plastics on the environment on tourism’s impact on local communities.

The uplift in awareness is also reflected in holidaymakers attitudes to companies – over a third (36%) of people would opt for one travel business over another if they have a better environmental record – up 13% since 2014 (23%)2.

Responsible tourism has risen further up the agenda and is becoming an integral part of business decisions and planning, with many companies announcing plans to make holidays more sustainable in the long term.

Examples include TUI, Intrepid and G Adventures, who have recently announced plans to further support the local economy and local workers in the destinations they travel to3.  Eurostar is targeting a 50% reduction in plastics by 2020.

Excerpt from ABTA Trends in Tourism Report

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