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What is Sustainable Tourism & Why is it Important?

Buzzwords like ‘sustainability’ and ‘sustainable tourism’ are becoming more and more common. But they can be opaque to the average person. If you need clarity, you’re not alone. Thankfully, the concept of sustainability is straight to the point. In short, it all centers around sustaining resources or avoiding the depletion of resources — whether environmental, economic, or cultural. That said, sustainability can…

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How Social Impact Travel Supports Indigenous Peoples

There are 370 million indigenous peoples living around the world, representing 5,000 different cultures. According to the United Nations,  indigenous peoples are those who have “retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live.”  In fact, every August 9th the United Nation celebrates International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples….

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How One Visit.org Customer Made a Lasting Impact in Ethiopia

Retired American doctor, Peter Schwartz, was looking for a meaningful way to spend the free hours of his five-day stay Ethiopia. He had been invited to speak at a medical ethics conference, and wanted to interact with local culture in an immersive and authentic way. After some internet research, he stumbled upon Visit.org’s Addis Ababa Food Tour. The tour, like…

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You’ve got to go to Togo

Although Togo is one of the smallest countries in Africa, it is still referred to as the “land of small miracles” to some and to others “miniature Africa”. And this isn’t because of stuff it’s lacking, but rather what it’s packing. Why Togo? In Togo you can find beaches, on the Gulf of Guinea, lined with coconut and palm trees….

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Mass Tourism Vs. Sustainable Tourism

As extreme traveler and sustainable tourism advocate Jean-Philippe Platroz says, we as a society “cannot continue to develop mass tourism.” This seems like a radical statement. Especially with the consistent popularity (and convenience) of cruise liners, hotel tour packages, and international beach parties. In fact, mass tourism has doubled in twenty years despite the economic crisis. However, travel experts are now claiming…

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Travel for a Cause: Celebrate the Year of Sustainable Tourism

At Visit.org, we are passionate about making an impact on the world through sustainable travel. And we’re not alone. In fact, the United Nations named 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. While conscious travelers are eager to impact local communities through sustainable travel, it can be daunting to plan. Furthermore, there are so many incredible destinations and…

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Expert Advice: Why Sustainable Tourism Matters

Jean-Philippe Platroz is one of the most-travelled people in the world. Having visited 170 countries and territories, he ranks #3 in his home country of France. Recently retired, he spent the past 38 years working in the travel industry. Now, his foremost priority is spreading the word about sustainable tourism. He spends his time on Adamandia, a passion project to…

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How does Visit.org serve social impact organizations?

Visit.org is the leading online platform for sustainable travel experiences with social impact organizations. With over 600 tours in more than 70 countries, we offer a wide range of social impact experiences. Moreover, our tours work for every type of visitor, from the animal lover to the environmentalist and everyone in between. Visitors are able to have immersive and authentic…

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What is Social Impact Travel?

You may have heard of numerous tourism terms under the umbrella of Social Impact Travel such as: sustainable tourism, responsible tourism and eco-tourism. In this post, we want to define Social Impact Travel and cite examples, to help you make your next trip meaningful for you and the community you visit. The Definition of Social Impact Travel Like its name…

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