Enjoy a rewarding experience by learning more about the natural environment, culture and history that make every destination unique.

LEARN ABOUT YOUR DESTINATION

While traveling, continue to recycle; use water wisely, and turn off lights as you would at home.

DON'T LEAVE YOUR GOOD HABITS AT HOME

Book direct flights, rent smaller cars, and keep your own vehicle operating at maximum efficiency. Once in your destination, walk or bike as much as possible.

FUEL EFFICIENT TRAVELER

Seek out destinations or companies that engage in energy efficiency or recycling programs and that take actions to preserve their communities and natural environment.

MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS

Remember that you are a guest in your destination. Engage with locals, but respect their privacy, traditions and local community.

BE A GOOD GUEST

As a visitor, the money you spend on your trip can help support the local artisans, farmers and business owners whose livelihoods depend on tourism.

SUPPORT LOCALS

Leave a beautiful place for others to enjoy. Recycle where possible, and always dispose of your waste with care.

DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY

Be mindful of the plants, animals and ecosystems that you impact. Avoid feeding wildlife; stay on designated trails, and strictly follow all fire restrictions.

PROTECT YOUR NATURAL SURROUNDINGS

As an additional step, consider the option of purchasing carbon credits to fully offset your travel’s impact on climate change.

MAKE YOUR TRAVEL ZERO EMISSIONS

Continue practicing your sustainable habits at home, and encourage friends and family to travel with the same care.

BRING YOUR EXPERIENCES HOME

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TRAVELERS

Follow these simple guidelines to help ensure that the special places and experiences you love in the United States of America can be enjoyed long into the future.

TRAVEL ORGANIZATIONS & PUBLISHERS

We invite you to publish and share the Travel Care Code in your visitor publications and online. It’s free and easy to download Travel Care Code to help spread the word.

COLLEGIATE CLUB SPORTS PLEDGE

Check out this checklist from the Code for Collegiate Athletics and University Club Sports Programs – and get fired up to participate in the Pledge to Travel Green on the field.

SUSTAINABILITY IS THE NAME OF THE GAME

This website is a collaboration between academics and practitioners committed to sustainable tourism. The site is managed by Purdue Hospitality and Tourism Research Center.

1186

Billion

NUMBER OF TOURISTS

There were 1186 million International tourists in 2015, and that number could grow to 1.8 billion by 2030.

10

Percent

GLOBAL GDP

In 2015 international tourism had a 10% direct, indirect and induced impact on the GDP.

1260

Billion

TOURIST SPENDING

International tourism receipts have grew to 1260 billion in 2015, with spending to continue to skyrocket.

– from UNWTO Tourism Highlights, 2016 Edition 

THE CARE CODE

LEARN ABOUT YOUR DESTINATION

Enjoy a rewarding experience by learning more about the natural environment, culture and history that make every destination unique.

DON'T LEAVE YOUR GOOD HABITS AT HOME

While traveling, continue to recycle; use water wisely, and turn off lights as you would at home.

BE A FUEL EFFICIENT TRAVELER

Book direct flights, rent smaller cars, and keep your own vehicle operating at maximum efficiency. Once in your destination, walk or bike as much as possible.

MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS

Seek out destinations or companies that engage in energy efficiency or recycling programs and that take actions to preserve their communities and natural environment.

BE A GOOD GUEST

Remember that you are a guest in your destination. Engage with locals, but respect their privacy, traditions and local community.

SUPPORT LOCALS

As a visitor, the money you spend on your trip can help support the local artisans, farmers and business owners whose livelihoods depend on tourism.

DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY

Leave a beautiful place for others to enjoy. Recycle where possible, and always dispose of your waste with care.

PROTECT YOUR NATURAL SURROUNDINGS

Be mindful of the plants, animals and ecosystems that you impact. Avoid feeding wildlife; stay on designated trails, and strictly follow all fire restrictions.

MAKE YOUR TRAVEL ZERO EMISSIONS

As an additional step, consider the option of purchasing carbon credits to fully offset your travel’s impact on climate change.

BRING YOUR EXPERIENCES HOME

Continue practicing your sustainable habits at home, and encourage friends and family to travel with the same care.