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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Environment

Mission: Sustainable Travel International’s mission is to help destinations, businesses, and travelers develop innovative solutions that protect the environment, adapt to climate change, preserve cultural heritage, and generate economic benefits across the tourism value chain.

Programs: This program is open to any individual, company, organization or institution that demonstrates support for and is committed to environmental conservation, cultural-heritage preservation, and local economic development within the travel and tourism industry.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sustainable Travel International has moved the whole tourism industry forward in amazing ways. It is hard to believe how much they have accomplished over the years. The most impressive thing about them is how well they connect everyone from the big companies, to destinations, to individual tour operators with one informed vision for how tourism can help make the world a better place.

Marcela T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Southern Cone Journeys became a member of Sustainable Travel International (STI) last year and we've had the best experience so far. The webinars have been incredibly useful since the information and experiences shared are valuable and applicable to our business as a responsible inbound tour operator in Chile. We are also undergoing the STEP certification process, which has been great to help us identify what we're doing right and what we can improve in order to be even more sustainable in the future. Soon we'll be the first company in Chile with this certification and we look forward to collaborating with STI to promote sustainability in tourism in the country. This partnership is one of the best things that has happened to us!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

STI has done an impressive job of creating programs to help destinations and businesses around the world understand how to make their supply chain more sustainable and more supportive of a healthy people and planet. They've been leaders in the effort to create a single global standard for sustainability practices in the tourism sector and their work has helped to move the industry as a whole towards a better future.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Today my middle school aged children can explain carbon offsets but whenI started hearing about offsetting greenhouse gasses, in the pre-Inconvenient Truth days five or six years ago, I didn't understand why climate change had the scientific community so concerned. That is when I first became aware of STI. I heard STI's founders explain the science behind climate change and learned that it was something that I could not only understand but something that I could find some ways to address in my own life. I have been a great admirer of their work ever since then.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

STI is an efficient, high energy, low overhead nonprofit doing great things with few resources. It's an impressive organization all around, not least the dedicated team who run it.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sustainable Travel International has been an invaluable partner to Travel Oregon on numerous fronts by providing us with quality information on the sustainable/green travel market, serving as an advisor on our front-line sustainability initiatives, providing administrative support on large-scale, collaborative projects to foster sustainable development in the Northwest, and by speaking at opportune engagements to further our industry's knowledge of sustainable travel. STI's staff is knowledgeable and professional and they have a great sense of adaptability to ensure that they're meeting the client where the client is at and moving forward from there.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

STI plays a unique role in engaging all key stakeholders to improve tourism around the World to increase benefits to local communities, protect natural and cultural destinations and improve business practices. They are an NGO that knows how to tread the fine balance between partnering with the private sector and maintaining a strong independent voice that maintains their integrity and holds their corporate partners accountable to improve their business operations.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Eco-friendly organizations like STI have really taken a step in the right direction for the preservation of our planet. They assist and encourage everyone else to do their part to make this world a better place!

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Has developed one of the most comprehensive assessment tools in the industry. Addresses the needs of the travel community by creating a balanced stakeholder generated standard that is by far the best in the industry. Highly recommended

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Client Served

Rating: 5

STI are playing a key role in building global awareness of the importance & benefits of sustainable approaches to tourism development in all forms of economies, ranging from developing to the developed. I have found them a 'user friendly' provider of services.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

STI is an excellent organization focusing on promoting sustainable travel worldwide. STI engages the public through seminars, workshops and school lectures. It introduces concepts like triple-bottom-line, social awareness and sustainability effectively by using real world examples and engaging conversations. STI is an one-of-a-kind organization that raises our awareness about the impacts of travel and provides easily accessible and effective tools to limit our negative impacts.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

STI is doing a great job. Amongst many important tasks, their educational resources that are available to travelers and travel providers are very valuable. They influence the industry in a positive way and steer it in the right direction. STI supports the use of carbon offsets, enabling travelers and travel providers to offset unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

STI is a very detail focused organization with great expertise in sustainable tourism. It has very well established eco-tourism programs for both individuals and organizations.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

STI is one of the leaders in setting standards in sustainable tourism practices...both close to home and to the far corners of the earth. I know of very few other non-profit organizations that are able to achieve so much with so few resources and minimal overhead. The STI team and its dedicated volunteers are wildly passionate in advocating their vision for travel that respects the earth and all of its people, flora and fauna.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experiences with Sustainable Travel International have been nothing but professional, time and cost efficient. They are versatile, well informed and an incredible value to our company. I would highly recommend their services to any and everyone.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great experience working as a volunteer intern with STI in the fall of 2009. I found their educational and outreach services to be one of a kind and was given the opportunity to work on a cutting edge conservation project examining the future of trading water rights as a potential tool for promoting ecotourism by helping travelers participate in environmental conservation and economic development projects in the places they visit.

5

Client Served

Rating: 4

A wonderful non-profit! Sustainable Travel International challenged my travel business to go beyond our comfort zone and thoroughly explore what it means to be holistically sustainable. The staff are extremely helpful and knowledgeable about their field.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

These guys are fighting the good fight to protect culturally and ecologically unique travel destinations. I was able to donate a portion of my flight cost to carbon offsets and found an eco-conscious guide at my destination. Top notch!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Sustainable Travel International (STI)since it was first founded. It is run and staffed by an extremely capable group of people dedicated to supporting international travel that is both environmentally and socially responsible. They do this through designing and administering user friendly, market mechanisms that help the traveler enjoy their travel experience and enhance positive impacts on local people and the environment while minimizing any negative impacts. STI is flexible and constantly evolving in response to traveler's and the travel industry's changing needs. STI makes it easy and enjoyable to be a responsible traveler.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I work for Expedia am responsible for our sustainable travel program. I was introduced to the people at Sustainable Travel International (STI) through my work. I was so impressed with their mission, their action-oriented approach and the amazing people they had surrounded themselves with that I joined the board. The folks at STI live their mission in their day to day lives and it shows.