UPDATED: Ethical Traveler releases 2012 list
January 7, 2012
Ethical Traveler congratulates the countries on our 2012 list of The Developing World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations. The winners, in alphabetical order (not in order of merit), are:
Costa Rica *
( * = also appeared on our 2011 list).
Full report at EthicalTraveler.org: The World’s Best Ethical Destinations – 2012
Barbados “failed to implement” promised Environmental laws
Ethical Traveler tells potential Barbados visitors to spend their travel dollars elsewhere
We hate to have to say it, but we knew a year ago that this would happen when we said:
“You can only keep up appearances for so long before people demand performance. Let’s see what happens next year when Ethical Traveler and their parent organisation Earth Island Institute come looking for environmental legislation, saving the Graeme Hall RAMSAR wetlands, mandatory recycling and policies and laws that favour public transit instead of more and more autos.”
BFP in our December 11, 2010 post Environmentalists puzzled as Barbados added to Ethical Traveler’s Best 10 List
When Ethical Traveler included Barbados in its “Developing World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations” list for 2011, Bajan environmental activists were left scratching their heads about how a country could do so little and still be included in one of the world’s most prestigious travel awards.
Environment Minister Denis Lowe: a do-nothing
BFP and others questioned how the Barbados government could win this award as it dumped sewerage into the Graeme Hall RAMSAR wetlands, failed to enact environmental legislation and removed protection from sensitive environmental lands so they could be developed.
Ethical Traveler replied to concerns at the time, saying that Barbados must act on Environmental promises in 2011 or lose the recommendation.
Here we are a year later, and Ethical Traveler just dropped Barbados from its list and loudly told the world why it did so…
“Every year, Ethical Traveler reviews the policies and practices of all the nations in the developing world. We then select the ten that are doing the best job of promoting human rights, preserving their environment, and creating a sustainable, community-based tourism industry. By visiting these destinations, we use our economic power – our travel dollars – to support these countries.
We urge you to explore these ethical destinations, and enjoy the wonderful sights, cultures and activities they offer.
“Barbados was included in last year’s list, when we applauded its efforts to organize the Caribbean Green Economic Conference. A year later, however, we conclude that Barbados lacks genuine environmental will; the government has failed to implement its own ambitious laws. We will review Barbados again next year to see if they have moved forward with its environmental agenda.”
… from the January 5, 2012 Ethical Traveler article: The Developing World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations: 2012