Launch with private investors including Anita & Gordon Roddick from The Body Shop.
First business in the world to talk about responsible travel, and first dedicated to promoting 'green', 'eco' or 'responsible' vacations on one site. Publishes traveler's reviews on their experiences and responsible travel.
In the years to follow worked with 100s of tourism businesses to screen them for the site, and to help them improve their policies.
Offered one of the first carbon offset schemes in tourism.
to persuade Thomson Vacations, Thomas Cook and MyTravel to publish policies for responsible tourism, with up to 1,000 people a day signing the petition.
Justin joined speakers including the founders of The Big Issue and Innocent Drinks to give a talk at the British Library on being an 'Ethical entreprenuer
Annual vacation sales reached £4m.
Offered 2,500 vacations from 270 tour operators - by far the biggest specialist green or eco travel business. Annual vacation sales reached £10m.
Launched magazine to promote the Award
winners - now the largest scheme of its type globally.
Published first audit
of responsible tourism of the UK's biggest travel companies with The Daily Telegraph.
attracted a record 1950 entries – Michael Palin says 'the responsible tourism awards are one of the most important ways that we can learn to travel better.'
Launched a travel community IKnowAGreatPlace.com - "local secrets from a world of travelers".
Launched a vision for the Future of Tourism in a special issue of Geographical Magazine and creates future of tourism
Published the 4,000th independent traveler review
Launched first Insiders' Travel Guide to Jordan
, with podcasts and tips from local people.
Selected as partner on the EU-funded South East Protected Landscapes project to promote rural tourism in AONBs and National Parks in the South of England.
Launched 'Our Land' to promote rural tourism in the protected landscapes of the South of England with EU-funding and endorsement from Visit England, Kate Humble and Jeremy Hunt.
Celebrated 10th birthday, growing from just 15 vacations on 6th April 2001 to almost 4,000 vacations in April 2011, and selling over $100 million of responsible vacations.
Grew to over 6,000 vacations on the site and publishes the 7,000th independent traveler review
Donated 15% of profits to charity
between 2006 and 2012, on average.
Closed community site iknowagreatplace.com to refocus on Responsible Travel.
Our Land expanded to cover 16 protected landscapes throughout the UK and external audit
Celebrated the 10th year of the Responsible Tourism Awards by relaunching them as the World Responsible Tourism Awards
, with new categories and a People's Choice award.
Moved to new offices in Brighton's trendy 'North Laine' and switches to green energy
Launched Responsible Travel Guides to California
and New York State
with insider tips from micro-breweries to National Parks.
Launched the first of many honest and easy-to-read 2 min guides
to popular locations and activities.
Launched say NO to orca circuses
campaign with the World Cetacean Alliance to stop whales and dolphins being kept in captivity.
Sold more vacations to Cuba
than all the vacations we sold in our first 2½ years! (Other top destinations this year included Croatia
Launched the African
and the Irish
Responsible Tourism Awards for the first time, alongside our World Responsible Tourism Awards.
Sent Lyn cycling across India
to celebrate her 10th year working at Responsible Travel (she's our accountant and also keeps us in tea and biscuits so she's Very Important).
Went for a walk on the South Downs to mark our co-founder Justin's big birthday (we won't tell you which one!).
Received our 1,000,000th vacation enquiry!
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