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Tourism Greenwashing

Posted by Richard Hammond at 01:15 on Monday 07 July 2008

The Observer's Travel section headline article this weekend was: 
Are you being greenwashed?

"From B&Bs to Boeing, everyone is jumping on the environmental bandwagon, but how can we be sure that what they promise is what they deliver?" by Tom Robbins.

"Of course many firms are genuinely improving their environmental and ethical performance and are doing so with only the best motives. But others have more cynical intentions - recognising a potent new marketing tool, they are exaggerating how green, sustainable, ethical and responsible they are. The problem is working out who's doing their bit, and who's just cashing in on eco-guilt."

Read the full article on Greenwashing in Tourism.

Also featured in The Observer: Seven Steps to More Responsible Travel, by Liane Katz and GreenTraveller's Richard Hammond.

The Expert Panel: 'Which is your favourite eco escape?" (with contributions from GreenTraveller's Richard Hammond; Lucy Siegle, Observer Ethical Correspondent; Ed Gillespie, Slow Travel exponent and co-founder of Futerra; Pat Thomas, editor, The Ecologist; Harriet Lamb, executive director, The Fairtrade Foundation).

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28 March 2007: Tourism Greenwashing.

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