Here are some interesting examples of regenerative tourism companies, regenerative resorts, host communities, and tourism management.
RT is the first “value-led online travel agency”, founded by passionate regenerative tourism advocate Amanda Ho.
They offer fifty plus different luxury hotels and resorts on their roster providing regenerative traveling experiences using these standards and criteria:
- Independent hotels
- Honor sense of place
- Provide authentic hospitality
- Inclusive / egalitarian
- Operate responsibly / ethically
- Respect local and global ecosystems
- Communicate regenerative values and practices
All members commit to data collection, sharing of best practices, and benchmarking tools through a streamlined technology solution (using third-party data collection tool Greenview) with analytics and reporting.
Mon Mon Travel:
A regenerative tour company for Baltic Scandinavia whose philosophy is to exclusively partner with small, locally owned suppliers.
To ensure real economic benefits for locals, it’s not about the lowest possible price for customers, but about creating a positive effect with an enriching and authentic travel experience.
Using animals in tourism is another big issue (especially in Lapland) and Mon Mon does extensive research to make sure the farms are sustainable and animals are treated well.
They’re also helping with deforestation via a local clean-tech startup. For each Mon Mon traveler, a tree is planted.
Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada:
A pioneer of regenerative tourism examples in accommodation, Newfoundland’s Fogo Island Inn offers real, holistic immersion for travelers into cultural preservation and community development in a striking natural landscape.
From the moment tourists arrive, they are embraced by the rugged, remote community, who are involved through the Community Hosting team who guide and advise on excursions.
Fogo Island Inn is entirely owned by a charity called Shorefast who secure a resilient culture and economy for future generations, with 100% of profits being reinvested. There is zero private gain.
Through the building and operations, the Inn surpasses environmental standards and is ranked the third best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure.
Basata, South Sinai, Egypt:
A stand-out low impact, regenerative resort embodying responsible tourism is Basata Eco-Lodge in South Sinai, Egypt.
Basata means “simplicity” in Arabic, and it’s the physical manifestation of co-founder Sherif El-Ghamrawy’s deep connection with the spirit of nature.
The resort serves as a direct response to nearby mass development and chain hotels destroying the Red Sea, instead focusing on local community, eco-building, and environmental preservation.
Examples of Basata’s stewardship and regenerative practices include:
- Guest huts are eco-friendly and build of local mud, straw, clay
- Sea water is used for flushing toilets
- Desalinated water is used for showers and sinks, which then gets reused around property for gardens
- No boating, diving, fishing allowed to preserve local coral reefs… only locally guided snorkeling tours
- Serves needs of locals and employs many local Bedouins
- Has a school, mosque, farm, greenhouse
- Has NGO called Hemaya that collects and sorts waste with recycling sent to Cairo
An example of a government taking initiative to expand regenerative tourism., NZ’s national tourism organization aims for success measures at the well-being of the country, and considers nature, human health and community identities.
NZ invites all visitors who arrive to take the Tiaki promise to care for New Zealand—the people, culture, land, sea, and nature.
This is a huge shift in values at the governmental level, which we hope to see trickle down.