The National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection demonstrates that sustainability and an extraordinary travel experience can go hand-in-hand. In doing so, it raises the bar for the travel industry and takes an important step towards making sustainable tourism a global standard. To join the collection, each property has undergone an on-site inspection by National Geographic representatives that included a thorough review of their operations based on the pillars of sustainable tourism:
To measure their impact, we asked each of our members to report on their sustainability practices, ranging from use of renewable energy to protecting endangered wildlife. The pages that follow detail our findings and highlight individual stories about sustainability projects at the lodges. Their combined efforts are encouraging and inspiring, and they are proof that tourism—when done right—can be a powerful force for good in the world.