in the United Kingdom
and Ron Mader
Any UK-based organisation, group or website
which actively promotes, researches, or
networks and offers space for exchange of
ideas on topics related to responsible
tourism, ecotourism, sustainable travel,
ethical travel and green travel.
To simplify the Who’s Web Portals
Who for readers we Organisations and
have divided the index Research Centers
into the following Publishers
categories. That said, Awards
many of those featured Tourism Directory
work in multiple
GreenTraveller is UK travel journalist Richard
Hammond's online guide for those looking to
travel in a way that lessens their impact on
the environment, helps conservation, and
provides genuine benefits for local
Responsible Travel is a bookable site for a
large number of operators chosen according
to a range of environmental and social
Leap Local puts travellers in touch with
recommended local travel guides worldwide.
They run a competition to reward top guides.
Make Travel Fair is an independent website
and online platform about the global issues
associated with travel, with a wide range of
contributors focusing on issues such as
responsible independent travel, social and
Travelmole is an online community for the
travel industry with an important section on
Your Safe Planet is an innovative global
network with London as home base for
responsible and ethical travel and have co-
hosted responsible tourism networking
The International Centre for Responsible
Tourism (ICRT) at Leeds Metropolitan
University is a post-graduate training and
research centre which has played a leading
role in the responsible tourism through
research and development work with industry
Forum for the Future works toward
sustainable tourism by partnering with major
tour operators, creating working examples of
sustainable holiday developments and
publishing reports including Tourism 2023
and Paradise Found. Of note is the travel and
People and Places links people who want to
use their skills and experience to make a real
Tourism Concern is a NGO working against
exploitation in tourism. Tourism Concern has
also formed the Ethical Tour Operator Group
whose members meet quarterly to
disseminate better practice in responsible
The Travel Foundation is a UK charity that
aims to help the outbound travel industry
manage tourism more sustainably.
Hidden Britain South East focuses on rural
community tourism and gives free advice and
support to community groups to develop
Natural England promotes the natural
environment and its enjoyment for visitors
with a Countryside Code for England and
Wales to promote the protection, respect
and enjoyment of the countryside.
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
(RSPB) promotes the protection of birds and
wildlife and run 150 nature reserves with
"everything from great days out for all the
family with a wide range of facilities to quiet
sites where facilities are minimal but the
wildlife experience is not".
Sustrans offers heaps of cycling news as the
sustainable transport charity.
Bradt Travel Guides produce guidebooks with
a well-deserved reputation for unusual
destinations and for promoting sustainable
Rough Guides published 'Clean Breaks - 500
new ways to see the world' (by UK authors
Richard Hammond and Jeremy Smith) - the
most comprehensive worldwide guide to
experiences that make a real difference to the
lives of local people and the planet.
Ecoescape is a website for eco-friendly
holidays in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Footprint provides travellers with a true
understanding of the places and people they
are visiting, whilst encouraging sensitivity
towards local communities.
Guardian Green Travel features many green
travel ideas and travel tips in this extensive
section recycled in the dead tree newspaper.
Responsible Tourism Awards acknowledge
leaders in the tourism industry
Green Spaces Awards highlights the best
green places to stay, green tourism projects
and open spaces worldwide. Organised by
The Times newspaper.
London 21 Sustainability Network promotes
community-based initiatives for a greener,
healthier and more sustainable Greater
London and includes a London Green Map.
The Royal Parks features information on some
of London’s major parks (like Hyde Park,
Kensington Gardens, Greenwich Park and The
Regent’s Park) with information on probably
some of the best urban parks in the world
and regular events and activities.
The Thames Path is an unofficial guide to the
Thames Path National Trail.
Green London works to bridge the knowledge
gap between the news in the media and the
scientific basis of climate change via walking
tours. 10% of all tour fees go to St Mungo’s,
Putting Down Roots Project, an organic
gardening project for London’s Homeless.
edited by Gerhard Buttner,
Richard Hammond and Ron Mader