With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, and in turn, make it easier for everyone to find more sustainable travel options, Booking.com recently launched its Travel Sustainable badge.
It importantly recognizes the impactful efforts properties worldwide are making to help protect the planet and contribute positively to their local communities, with over 100,000 properties globally now awarded the Travel Sustainable Badge.
Now, as the company launches its 2022 Sustainable Travel Report, Booking.com has compiled a list of destinations across the globe with the highest percentages of Travel Sustainable properties on their platform*. From trend-setting cities to stunning natural parks and destinations making a concerted effort to manage their travel volumes more consciously, there is plenty of inspiration for the 71% of UK travellers who say that sustainable travel is important to them** – no matter where their sense of adventure and exploration might take them.
Sustainable stays – Bundox Safari Lodge, Hoedspruit, South Africa
This stylish bush camp is situated on a small nature reserve near the Kruger National Park in the scenic town of Hoedspruit, South Africa, offering safari tents and thatched chalets. Surrounded by lush greenery, the lodge features an outdoor pool to cool off in and a viewing deck to admire the picturesque surroundings. This Travel Sustainable stay invests a percentage of revenue back into community and sustainability projects to support the conservation of the area, and also offers information about the region’s ecosystems, heritage and culture.
Sustainable stays – Downtown Camper by Scandic, Stockholm, Sweden
A large number of accommodations in Stockholm are sustainability accredited by third-party certifying bodies. This includes the Downtown Camper by Scandic which, having earned the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, has qualified the hotel to be recognized as part of Booking.com’s Travel Sustainable program. For those looking for a more mindful stay, the hotel uses 100% renewable energy as well as energy-saving LED lighting. It’s also just a short walk away from Stockholm Central Station and offers bike rentals for guests to explore the city more sustainably, just like a local.
Sustainable stays – Banana Farm Eco Hostel, Arusha, Tanzania
This colourful and friendly hostel, located in Tanzania’s safari capital, uses 100% renewable energy and is only a short distance from the vibrant Arusha Central Market where visitors can try the area’s local cuisine- perfect for the 63% of UK travellers who say they want to have authentic experiences that are representative of the local culture when they travel**. After a day of exploring the city and absorbing its lively culture, guests can relax on the garden terrace surrounded by nature and gaze up at the stars, warmed by a campfire.
Sustainable stays – Ali & Sara’s Desert Palace, Merzouga, Morocco
Located just outside Merzouga in the Erg Chebbi dunes in south-east Morocco, this collection of vibrantly colourful, luxury tents are traditionally decorated with local handcrafted items for an authentic feel and reflection of the local culture. As a Travel Sustainable stay, this property organises tours and activities hosted by local guides and businesses and provides a space for local artists to perform and entertain guests.
Sustainable stays – Gran Meliá Iguazú, Puerto Iguazú, Argentina
Gran Meliá Iguazú is a luxurious hotel located within the magnificent Iguazú National Park itself, with rooms overlooking the waterfalls and jungle. Guests can admire the tropical surroundings from their private balcony or relax by the infinity pool overlooking the gardens. In line with Puerto Iguazu’s sustainability initiatives, this hotel provides guests with information about local ecosystems, heritage and culture, visitor etiquette, as well as the destination’s robust recycling efforts and ban on single-use plastics.
*Destinations selected from the top 200 destinations selected based on volume of properties with a Travel Sustainable badge and sorted by highest share of overall properties that have the badge.
** Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 30,314 respondents across 32 countries and territories (1,000 from USA, 958 from Canada, 1,009 from Mexico, 1,001 from Colombia, 1,003 from Brazil, 1,017 from Argentina, 1,000 from Australia, 486 from New Zealand, 998 from Spain, 1,003 from Italy, 996 from France, 495 from Switzerland, 980 from the UK, 998 from Germany, 1,014 from the Netherlands, 991 from Belgium, 985 from Denmark, 984 from Sweden, 964 from Croatia, 976 from Russia, 1,008 from Israel, 1,002 from India, 1,004 from China, 925 from Hong Kong, 1,006 from Thailand, 988 from Singapore, 1,002 from Taiwan, 1,004 from Vietnam, 1,004 from South Korea, 1,003 from Japan, 1,006 from South Africa and 504 from Kenya ). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once in the past 12 months and must be planning to travel in 2022, and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in February 2022.