Sustainable travel

Sustainability has been on the agenda for many travel businesses for some time, and the industry is addressing environmental and social impacts of tourism. This includes setting carbon reduction targets, developing excursions which maximise the benefit to local communities, single use plastic reduction and implementing animal welfare policies. 

More and more hotels are also joining Travelife – an accreditation scheme for accommodation providers who are committed to sustainability.

The UK Government has an ambition to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and ABTA recognises that aviation and shipping have a crucial role to play in reaching these objectives.  

ABTA is committed to working with its Members, their suppliers, travellers, the UK government and destination governments to build a more sustainable industry so tourism is a benefit to everyone.

Our Make Holidays Greener campaign, run in partnership with Travelife, encourages holidaymakers and the industry to take action to create better places to live in, and better places to visit.

On our website you will find a range of simple but effective tips to help you take care of the destinations you visit on holiday – from saying no to plastic, to eating and drinking local produce, to saving energy and water. 

This year, more than 6,500 industry staff and holidaymakers participated in Make Holidays Greener, taking part in 119 clean-up activities worldwide. This resulted in an estimated 3,834 tonnes of waste, including food and plastic, being reduced, reused, recycled or removed from the environment.