Ethics more important than ever in Australian travel decisions 

Many of today’s Australian travellers find their decision-making processes are guided by a strong ethical compass, with as many as  50 per cent of travellers claiming to have changed their holiday plans over ethical concerns about a destination, according to a new survey.
The national study commissioned by global travel deal site Travelzoo also revealed three quarters of respondents admit they’d completely boycott a destination in the future if they didn’t agree with the country’s politics, human or animal rights. Younger travellers are the most affected by the moral implications of their travel plans, with over 80 per cent of 25-34 year-olds likely to boycott a destination because of its political standing.
 
Jacqui Timmins, Travelzoo’s general manager Australia said: “Younger people are becoming more politically aware and it’s interesting to see how this is affecting their travel plans. 25-34 year-olds were the most concerned about the negative implications of their travel plans, with 40 per cent concerned over the acceleration of damage at ‘last-chance tourist destinations’. Ethical conscience when it comes to travel isn’t just down to age though, with over 76 per cent of all respondents now considering a boycott of a destination that doesn’t sit well with their ethics.”
 
The divide isn't only one of age, with a gender debate surrounding the ethics of travel also emerging. The survey found that women were more likely to have taken a strong ethical stance against a holiday destination in the past with only 44 per cent of men admitting to blacklisting a location compared to 53 per cent of women. Additionally, 76 per cent of women deemed the dress code of the country they are visiting as 'very important' compared to just 64 per cent of men.
 
“Travel companies are already looking at how they can meet the varying demands of today’s travellers, whether through eco and ethical package offerings, carbon offset offerings from airlines or by providing guidance to the dress codes and customs of a destination ahead of travel,” added Timmins.
 
“There has also been a rise in the number of eco-travel or sustainable companies. With travellers being increasingly aware of the impact their travel has, this is no doubt something we’ll continue to see more of with the rise of travel ethics. 

"At Travelzoo, we’re committed to offering our customers complete transparency to the trip or experience they’re planning, so they’re able to book with a clear ethical conscience.”
 

Ethics more important than ever in Australian travel decisions 

Many of today’s Australian travellers find their decision-making processes are guided by a strong ethical compass, with as many as  50 per cent of travellers claiming to have changed their holiday plans over ethical concerns about a destination, according to a new survey.
The national study commissioned by global travel deal site Travelzoo also revealed three quarters of respondents admit they’d completely boycott a destination in the future if they didn’t agree with the country’s politics, human or animal rights. Younger travellers are the most affected by the moral implications of their travel plans, with over 80 per cent of 25-34 year-olds likely to boycott a destination because of its political standing.
 
Jacqui Timmins, Travelzoo’s general manager Australia said: “Younger people are becoming more politically aware and it’s interesting to see how this is affecting their travel plans. 25-34 year-olds were the most concerned about the negative implications of their travel plans, with 40 per cent concerned over the acceleration of damage at ‘last-chance tourist destinations’. Ethical conscience when it comes to travel isn’t just down to age though, with over 76 per cent of all respondents now considering a boycott of a destination that doesn’t sit well with their ethics.”
 
The divide isn't only one of age, with a gender debate surrounding the ethics of travel also emerging. The survey found that women were more likely to have taken a strong ethical stance against a holiday destination in the past with only 44 per cent of men admitting to blacklisting a location compared to 53 per cent of women. Additionally, 76 per cent of women deemed the dress code of the country they are visiting as 'very important' compared to just 64 per cent of men.
 
“Travel companies are already looking at how they can meet the varying demands of today’s travellers, whether through eco and ethical package offerings, carbon offset offerings from airlines or by providing guidance to the dress codes and customs of a destination ahead of travel,” added Timmins.
 
“There has also been a rise in the number of eco-travel or sustainable companies. With travellers being increasingly aware of the impact their travel has, this is no doubt something we’ll continue to see more of with the rise of travel ethics. 

"At Travelzoo, we’re committed to offering our customers complete transparency to the trip or experience they’re planning, so they’re able to book with a clear ethical conscience.”