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Tour operators and activity providers play a significant role in implementing sustainable practices, since they usually function as a link between tourists and tourism service providers.

Sustainable tourism is looking out for the economic, social and environmental influences – including the visitors, the economic sectors linked to the tourism industry and the host communities.

The question is Whose Responsibility Is It to Educate Travelers?

Tour operators and activity providers can influence their consumers, suppliers and the routes chosen (Tour Operators’ Initiative, 2003)in order to increase the awareness of the responsibilities each party involved should take on to achieve more sustainability in tourism.

When contributing to sustainable tourism, tour operators and activity providers should work to:

  • Make sure that the local community receives full benefits
  • Minimise the negative impacts on the environment
  • Educate tourists about their responsibility

Further dive into how tour operators can help; and for more information on how holidaymakers can play their part you can visit Thomas Cook.



Tour Operators’ Initiative.  (2003). Sustainable Tourism: The Tour Operators’ Contribution. Paris: Tour Operators’ Initiative, UNEP, Divison of Technology, Industry and Economics.


Rescue Food Scraps and Donate to Food Banks

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Rescue Food Scraps

Image Source: The Global FoodBanking Networking

Food banks are a type of organization that distributes food to those who cannot afford to buy it themselves. These organizations collect food from events, retailers, and local communities, and serve it to people in need.

Through food banks, individuals can help who are hungry, as well as reduce food waste. One third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. If nothing is done, food waste could rise to over 120 million tonnes by 2020.

Of course the best way to reduce waste is to produce less – in other words, chefs and home cooks alike must plan accordingly. For restaurants, this also means purchasing less and boosting margins. Do your part by learning more about food waste and how you can prevent it.

One area where the travel and tourism industry produces a lot of food waste is the events sector. Here are some tips to make your event more sustainable when it comes to fighting food waste.

Food banks are an essential tool in fighting global hunger and malnutrition. Food banks are available in most big cities, here are some examples:

If you are planning to donate, here is a checklist on healthy food donations for reference.

“If you cannot feed hundred people at least feed one” – Mother Teresa


Panamanian Jungle

It’s 10 am on a Tuesday in the Tres Brazos jungle, a jagged two-hour trek outside Panama City, where a handful of American twentysomethings have been awake and working since sunrise.

Aaron Prairie leads a group of biology students on a nature hike, using a machete to hack his way through an overgrown trail. Max Cooper cuts long strips of plywood with an electric saw powered by a solar generator, the beginnings of an open-air thatch hut he’ll eventually build by hand.

Jake Cardoza is on his hands and knees in the adjacent permaculture farm, planting a baby banana tree. A few yards away in the kitchen, also fashioned as an open-air thatch hut, Brigitte Desvaux chops onions. Later, she’ll saute them for dinner along with with fresh katuk, a tropical green with a nutty taste, harvested from the farm that morning. By Carly Schwartz. Read more.


November 02 2015 – “Pain?” asks Jorge Molina, my hiking guide. Yes, there is a little pain, but it’s too late for cold feet. Or, more accurately, it’s too late not to get cold feet, because we’re already shin-deep in a swift icy river. Graeme Greene Read more.


September 22 2015 – Chile’s altiplano or high plateau region, pounded by the sun of the Atacama desert, the driest place in the world, is home to dozens of indigenous communities struggling for subsistence by means of sustainable tourism initiatives that are not always that far removed from out-of-control capitalism. Marianela Jarroud Read more. 


23 March 2015 – Tourism is a thirsty business. Peak tourist seasons are generally during the driest months of the year. Tourism development is most intense in coastal areas and on islands, where potable water is typically scarce. Read more.


As a socially responsible person, you probably want to make the world a little better. Even when you travel, you might try to visit undeveloped areas where your tourism dollars can help a local economy thrive. You might even contribute your time to the community as a volunteer. Ecotourism’s idealistic goal is to improve the world through responsible travel; while its effects will probably never match its ideals, travelers can offer very real benefits to local communities. Jessica Blue. Read more.


The International Ecotourism Society, TIES, defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” The concept arose in the 1970s from the general global environmental movement, and by the 1990s was one of the fastest-growing tourism sectors. Ecotourism appeals to responsible travelers who want to minimize the negative impacts of their visit, and who take special interest in local nature and cultures. Carole Simm. Read more.