Washington, DC (31 October 2019) Today, the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) released a new tourism industry study, The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2019.
This landmark report includes a special focus on impact tourism, providing cutting-edge examples of how tourism businesses, travelers, and organizations are making strategic contributions of time, talent, and treasure to social and environmental projects in destinations. It finds that when done responsibly, impact tourism is a vital tool for fostering community development and promoting conservation.
The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2019 also highlights growing consumer demand for sustainable travel experiences and analyzes the role businesses and destinations play in mainstreaming responsible tourism. The report contends that while consumer demand for responsible tourism continues to grow, businesses and destinations have a central responsibility to raise awareness and educate travelers about sustainability.
“With the growing threats of climate change, overtourism, overdevelopment, and poor development, there is no more time to waste,” said Gregory Miller, Executive Director of CREST. “We, as an industry, must come together and act as we never have before to protect our planet and its people. CREST’s Trends & Statistics report provides powerful and concrete examples of how destinations, companies, and travelers are working to be part of the solution in these challenging times.”
Trends & Statistics 2019 updates CREST’s previous industry studies, released every year since 2013.
This year’s report was prepared in collaboration with more than 30 leading organizations and institutions, including the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), and the Word Wildlife Fund (WWF).