Lonely Planet, the world’s biggest travel publisher, has just named sustainable travel as one of the top 10 trends in travel for 2017. I was thrilled to win my pitch to see this trend included in the line-up for Lonely Planet’s annual Best in Travel publication, and also write the entry myself, which you can read online here.
If you hadn’t noticed, sustainable tourism is already a huge trend. But it’ll really be in the spotlight in 2017, which has been designated by the UN as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Quite rightly, the UN sees this designation as a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among decision-makers and the public, while mobilising all stakeholders (especially travellers!) to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change.
It’s fantastic to see Lonely Planet get behind such an important travel movement. My article in Best in Travel 2017 only touches on a few ways travellers can make more sustainable travel decisions – from looking to your own backyard for low-impact tourism options, to opting for more ethical wildlife interactions in the destinations you visit – but there are a zillion other ways travellers can do their bit. Here’s 50 to get you started!
The UN, with the help of UNTWO, is currently getting ready to bust out the (eco-friendly) glitter cannons in celebration of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development; head over to the UNWTO website to check out its roadmap of festivities. This roadmap also contains a great list of recommended activities for governments and tourism industry bodies to get involved in.