Responsible travellers must consider eco-policies
16 February 2009 07:45
Eco-conscious holidaymakers should ask travel companies as many questions as possible about the "social impact" of their trips abroad, it has been claimed.
According to responsibletravel.com, a website that specialises in environmentally-friendly holidays, companies in the travel industry have a duty to respond to such queries from their customers.
Socially responsible package holidays often include a more active roster of events, such as bike riding and walking, so it is a good idea for people to take out a travel insurance policy.
But the website suggests that they will need to ask tour operators, travel agents and hoteliers about their tourism policies if they are to rest easy.
Krissy Roe, communications manager at responsibletravel.com, urged: "Find out if they have got a responsible tourism policy in place and, if they have, have a read of it.
"It's about asking questions and then making decisions based on those answers," she added.
A report from the WWF recently suggested that business travel accounts for 22 per cent of all UK air traffic, making it fundamental to debates on the industry's carbon emissions output.