|About Responsible Tourism
ETC defines Responsible Tourism as "educational travel with a priority focus on the positive economic impacts travel can have on places visited, while minimizing the ecological, social and cultural impacts through the pursuit of service and volunteerism, engagement with the local community, traveler philanthropy and stewardship of the environment."
History of the Responsible Tourism Showcase
As part of the Educational Travel Community's commitment to advancing responsible tourism, ETC hosts an annual Responsible Tourism Showcase to recognize the efforts of ETC members and their partners working diligently in the field to develop and implement responsible tourism initiatives.
The Responsible Tourism Showcase is hosted at the annual Educational Travel Conference, where a variety of educational sessions and roundtable discussions are held on current Responsible Tourism issues and best practices. One exciting outcome of ETC 2004 was a commitment by delegates to donate funds to the Showcase. If you wish to donate matching funds to the Responsible Tourism Honoree awards, please e-mail the ETC registrar. Thank you.
Silent Charity Auction
The Educational Travel Conference incorporates the Silent Charity Auction each year to help raise funds for the Responsible Tourism Showcase. Items have ranged from books to shawls to sculpture to a tented safari--and much more! To find out more about this event and how you can support it at ETC 2015, please visit here.
Responsible Tourism Committee Members
Comprised of ETC members, the committee reviews and vets RT applications.
Tony Rango (Co-Chair), Sierra Club
Judi Wineland (Co-Chair), Thomson Safaris
Karl Egloff, Conservation International
Cheryl Hargrove, The HTC Group
Kirk Hoessle, Alaska Wildland Adventures
Rob Holmes, Green Living Project
Wendy Brewer Lama, Karma Quest
Darrel Schoeling, Longitude Books
Lauren Summers, Visit Wales
Interested in getting involved on the committee? Send an email!