08 Apr 2008 06:04:06
Abta: Green tourism has become a mainstream issue
The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) has claimed that the idea that holidaymakers should be concerned about the environment has been transformed from a niche issue to a more mainstream one.
It claims that the notion of eco-friendly travel, with holidaymakers using low carbon transport and keeping an eye on their energy efficiency, has taken off very quickly.
Frances Tuke, spokesperson for the association, said: "A couple of years ago was a real tipping point. The industry itself has been leading the way."
She added that the introduction of accreditation schemes could be helpful, as they will make it easier for consumers to make green choices when holidaying.
In August 2007, a survey from Lonely Planet found that 31 percent of travellers have offset their carbon emissions in the past, while 84 percent would consider doing so in the future.