Ethical or community-based tourism is about “treading lightly on people’s homes and cultures” and sharing the proceeds fairly. Shockingly, as little as a fifth of the cost of a holiday reaches the local economy.
The new edition of this excellent guide (produced under the auspices of Tourism Concern) has listings for more than 70 countries, from hotels to tour companies, all local initiatives run on sustainable principles that will help you organise any holiday from canoeing in the Amazon or trekking in Ethiopia to volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park, Thailand. Tourism doesn’t have to be a dirty word. It might even change your life.
The Ethical Travel Guide
Polly Pattullo and Orely Minelli
Earthscan/Tourism Concern, 2009
— By PD Smith
Copyright Guardian News and Media Limited 2009