HUMANS ARE A NOMADIC SPECIES. DRIVEN BY OUR NEED FOR RECREATION, CONTEMPLATION, CONNECTION AND REFLECTION, WE ARE ON THE GO.

© David Kirkland

About Us

Humans are a nomadic species. Driven by our need for recreation, contemplation, connection and reflection, we are on the go. Besides being the world’s largest industry travel and tourism has enormous and unsustainable impact on energy, water, land and food use.

At Sustainable Travel International, we believe that people’s inherent wanderlust, their desire for new experiences and concern for the places they care for most can inspire the protection of the world’s natural and cultural bounty and generate economic opportunity in destinations that rely on visitors.

Since 2002, we have been charting a new course for travel and tourism — one that leads to a healthier environment, greater economic opportunity, social justice and the protection of natural and cultural resources.

We believe that travel and tourism can protect the world’s natural and cultural riches and create economic opportunity.

Our Mission:

To protect and conserve our planet’s most vulnerable destinations by transforming tourism’s impact on nature and communities.

Our Vision:

A world where tourism actively contributes to environmental and community well-being.

Our Strategy:

Because it’s among the world’s largest industries, tourism has the potential to alleviate poverty, hunger, gender inequality and environmental degradation in the world’s most vulnerable regions. But, that takes vision, collaboration and a collective road map so that all the relevant players—including government ministries, businesses and community leaders and travelers—have a clear path toward change.

Through our work, governments, companies, NGOs and local communities can unite and use tourism to achieve the right balance between economic development, green growth, and protection of their natural and cultural assets.

For over fifteen years, we have been developing and sharing our inclusive methodologies to build knowledge, inspire action, and enable self-directed sustainability for travel and tourism.

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Sustainable Travel International is committed to working with governments, companies, NGOs, and communities to support and help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We’re dedicated to minimizing the negative impacts of tourism and maximizing its positive benefits for people, cultures, nature, and wildlife around the globe.