Press Releases

Travelers Unite to Stop Child Sex Trafficking in Peru

BERKELEY, USA – ( – July 14, 2009 ) – Peru’s fascinating cultural heritage and Incan legacy are being eclipsed by a more sinister attraction. Young women and girls, as well as boys, are being exploited by a commercial sex industry fueled by increasing numbers of tourists who visit Peru to engage in sex […]

Just Named: World’s Top 10 Ethical Travel Destinations

BERKELEY, USA – ( – July 1, 2008) “Each year, the public interest in responsible tourism grows,” says Jeff Greenwald, Executive Director of Ethical Traveler, and co-author of the group’s biannual report entitled The World’s Best Ethical Travel Destinations. “This report helps travelers who choose to use their tourism dollars to support human rights and […]

Travelers Unite to Stop Child Sex Trafficking in Cambodia

(Berkeley, USA) Along with its unique culture and magnificent Khmer ruins, Cambodia has become notorious for a much darker attraction. The country is a source, destination, and transit point for modern day slaves: men, women, and children sold into the sex trade. A coalition of four non-profit groups has launched a campaign to highlight the […]

Strange Travel Suggestions

Written & Performed by Jeff Greenwald   Appearing at The Freight & Salvage 1111 Addison Street, Berkeley, California (510) 548-1761 Wednesday, September 20th, 8 p.m. Tickets: $18.50 adv / $19.50 door A Benefit for Ethical Traveler “STRANGE TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS,” Kurt Vonnegut Jr. once wrote, “are dancing lessons from God.” Indeed, it’s those sudden inspirations and […]

Group Names Planet’s Top 13 Ethical Travel Destinations

(San Francisco, CA) THE UNITED NATIONS RECOGNIZES 191 countries around the world. Which should you choose for your next vacation? For the conscientious traveler, certain countries are better choices than others, according to Ethical Traveler, a non-profit advocacy group which is a project of the Earth Island Institute. Earlier this year, student researcher Kiran Auerbach […]

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi to Turn 60 Under House Arrest

(San Francisco, CA) Ethical Traveler and the Burmese American Democratic Alliance (BADA) have launched a new campaign to highlight the plight of democracy advocates in Burma. The two groups are asking supporters to send birthday wishes to opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose 60th birthday is June 19, 2005. Aung San Suu Kyi has […]

End of the Road Paves Way for the Preservation of Mt. Kailash

(San Francisco) A global coalition of travelers is extending thanks to the Chinese government for suspending planned construction of a highway around Tibet’s sacred Mt. Kailash. For months, letters from the Ethical Traveler coalition had urged China not to build a road in this important region. This month, the Chinese government announced its decision to […]

Stopping the Pirates of the Galapagos

(San Francisco, CA) Tourism group Ethical Traveler and marine conservation group Sea Shepherd have joined forces to stop pirate fishing activities in the Galapagos and Cocos Island areas. The two groups are calling for a flood of letters from concerned travelers to strengthen government efforts to stop illegal fishing. As Sea Shepherd Executive Director Paul […]

Ethical Traveler Named as Project of Earth Island Institute

(San Francisco, CA) Earth Island Institute has enthusiastically approved Ethical Traveler as a new project. Organizers expect that the new project will fit well into Earth Island’s portfolio of public interest environmental and social initiatives. As Earth Island’s Executive Director John A. Knox explains, “Ethical Traveler brings together travelers in the same way that other […]