10 ethical travel destinations for 2014

13 Jan 2014

 

A not-for-profit global community of travellers called Ethical Traveler has released its annual report, containing ten destinations the organisation claims have a particularly ethical approach to tourism.

In alphabetical order, the ten are: The Bahamas, Barbados, Cape Verde, Chile, Dominica, Latvia, Lithuania, Mauritius, Palau and Uruguay.

Among the criteria Ethical Traveler used to compile its top ten are environmental protection, social welfare and human rights.

This year, destinations’ recent records on animal welfare were also taken into consideration.

Founder and executive director of Ethical Traveler, Jeff Greenwald, said the organisation decided to focus only on developing nations due to the substantial impact tourism has on their respective gross national products.

“We feel that we can make a difference in those countries because they really want to try to do the right thing,” Greenwald says. “If we can send more travelers there because of their good policies, we think they’ll really stand up and take notice.”


These countries, all part of the developing world, were selected because of their remarkable policies and efforts in the areas of environmental protection, social welfare, human rights and, a new category this year, animal welfare.

Jeff Greenwald, founder and executive director of Ethical Traveler, says his organization chooses to focus solely on developing nations because travel and tourism have a substantial impact on the gross national product of these countries.

“We feel that we can make a difference in those countries because they really want to try to do the right thing,” Greenwald says. “If we can send more travelers there because of their good policies, we think they’ll really stand up and take notice.”

And Greenwald concludes: “When neighboring countries see the positive impact this publicity has on the winners’ tourism industry, they may be inclined to adopt the same best practices.”

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