Responsible tourism aims to minimize tourism’s negative impacts on the environment and maximize the positive contributions tourism can make to local communities. If left unchecked, large-scale tourism development can damage ecosystems, pollute environments, and exploit local communities.

Traveling responsibly is not about halting development or staying home. It is about managing travel and destinations in an environmentally and culturally responsible way and designing tourism programs and individual trips carefully.

The goal? To provide travelers with the experience they seek, while leaving a positive footprint on their destination.

Mission & History

We are a nonprofit dedicated to solving the most pressing problems confronting tourism, the world’s largest service industry.

Our Impact

We work with businesses, destinations, and communities to provide analyses and develop innovative, sustainable solutions.

Board of Directors

Meet our strongest advocates and closest advisors from all over the world.


We’re a small team of passionate individuals dedicated to promoting responsible travel’s triple bottom line – people, planet, and prosperity.

Academic Affiliates

We work with tourism professionals from universities all over the world.


We collaborate with like-minded organizations, foundations, and companies to advance responsible tourism policies and practices.


We are proud to work travel and tourism companies dedicated to sustainability and community involvement.

Future of Tourism Coalition

We are on a mission is to create an inclusive, multi-sector global movement that puts destination needs at the center of tourism for a sustainable future.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

We strive to create an environment that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive for our staff members, board members, interns, consultants, partners, and colleagues in the tourism sector.