Why Go Green?

Despite its power and reach, travel and tourism isn’t as good as it could be. Not everyone is benefiting as much as they could. In many places tourism leads to environmental degradation, exclusion, inequality and cultural homogenization.

Niko Green Travels was founded to take the wonder, amazement and sheer joy of travel and use it to conserve the natural environment and resources, improve lives and provide visitors with meaningful experiences.

In 2016, more than 1.2 billion international tourists travelled the world, an increase from a mere 25 million in 1950. According to UNWTO forecasts, this number is expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030.

Today, tourism represents 10% of the world’s GDP, 7% of global exports, and 1 in every 11 jobs worldwide. In 2015, tourism was the third export-earning category after fuels and chemicals. It is by all accounts one of the largest and fastest-growing economic sectors in the world, progressing above average despite several challenges, and contributing greatly to economic growth and development.

Yet, with growth comes responsibility. Tourism is estimated to account for 5% of global CO2 emissions, of which 40% derive from air transport and 20% from hotels and other types of accommodation. The remaining 40% of those emissions are related to other types of transport segments (cruises, cars, railway, etc.) and tourism’s recreational services. The “greening” and “decarbonizing” of the tourism sector is crucial for building a more sustainable and competitive sector. This requires vision, innovation, sound planning, good management, and monitoring by all players.

We welcome you to join us in paving a sustainable tourism path that will not only enhance your experience and satisfaction but help preserve the integrity of our tourism resources and destinations.