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.”
As part of the Educational Travel Consortium’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.
Each year two to three Honorees are recognized at the Responsible Tourism Showcase and are featured as part of ETC’s annual conference along with a variety of educational sessions and roundtable discussions on current Responsible Tourism issues and best practices.
If you wish to submit your project or program for consideration in the annual Responsible Tourism Showcase, complete the online application by the annual November 1st deadline. Alternatively, if you know of a program(s) that should be considered please encourage them to complete an application.
ETC’s annual conference incorporates a Silent Charity Auction each year to help raise award funds which are given to the Responsible Tourism Showcase Honorees. Auction items have ranged from books to shawls to sculpture to a tented safari – and much more! Donate an item to the SCA at the upcoming annual conference.