Dominica among top 10 ethical travel destinations for 2015

The Victoria Falls in Dominica
The Victoria Falls in Dominica

Dominica has once again made it on the list of the top ten ethical travel destinations in the world.

The list for 2015 was recently released by the California-based nonprofit organization, Ethical Traveler.

Every year the organization issues a report on the most-ethical travel destinations on the planet to educate people about the social and environmental impact of their decisions. It also shows that travel can be a potent form of diplomacy.

Dominica is the only island in the Caribbean to make it to the top ten list.

The island received high rating for “a clean energy initiative and concern for wildlife, including continued resistance to commercial whaling.”

According to the report, small island states, like Dominica, are affected dramatically by climate change and “so they tend to be aware of the importance of effective environmental policies.”

To compile its reports Ethical Traveler gets its information from sources including Freedom House, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Reporters Without Borders, UNICEF, LGBT resources and the World Bank, and focuses on four categories: environmental protection, social welfare, human rights and animal welfare.

“For each of these categories we look at information past and present so that we understand not only the current state of a country, but how it has changed over time,” the organization said. “This helps us select nations that are actively improving the state of their people, government and environment. After identifying about two dozen ‘short list’ performers, we turn to detailed case research, focusing on actions these governments have taken over the year to improve (or in some cases, weaken) practices and circumstances in the countries.”

According to Ethical Traverl each destination must have something to offer tourists including incredible natural beauty, great outdoor activities and meaninful interactions with local people and cultures.

Dominica made the list in 2010 and 2014.

The top 10 ethical destination for 2015 are:

1. Cape Verde
2. Chile
3. Dominica
4. Lithuania
5. Mauritius
6. Palau
7. Samoa
8. Tonga
9. Uruguay
10. Vanuatu

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17 Comments

  1. Curious
    December 16, 2014

    Proud of my Nature Island. Two years in a row, but yet some people say we are the worst place in the Caribbean. Some people just cannot admit the truth even when presented on a platter. that’s when you know what kind of people they are. that piece of information is coming from a neutral source and yet the nay Sayers cannot admit that Dominica is one of the best places to visit in the WORLD! I love you, lovely Dominica!

  2. December 16, 2014

    when its positive vibes there are no comments :lol:

  3. December 16, 2014

    wow. this is great news indeed for my Island Dominica.

  4. shiela
    December 16, 2014

    sweet dominica way to go love my country

  5. The Facts
    December 16, 2014

    I was enthused by the news of Dominica but sad to say, if this demonstration continues and tourists hear about it, Dominica will not be considered among the top 10 spots. This demonstration is causing divisions and lack of peace in Dominica. It makes the government look as if it is not a good one when it is the organizer of the demonstration who causes this chaos in Dominica and gives it a bad reputation. Does this man love his own country? I can visualize what it will be like in the House of Parliament with some one as him present.
    Lord, please help Dominica, the government and nationals.

  6. BRAIN DAMAGE
    December 15, 2014

    My country Dominica is Naturaly Cool. It is ” infront” of God’s back for that reason.

  7. Truth and Justice
    December 15, 2014

    Beautiful falls.

  8. jomo
    December 15, 2014

    You see. no comments. Its something good.

  9. Gerard Benjamin
    December 15, 2014

    “Dominica God has blessed thee…” is once again reiterated and reaffirmed by this refreshing and welcoming news following a very abrasive and acrimonious general electons campaign.To our Heavenly Father indeed be all the Glory for this re-highlighting of our beautiful island.
    Just genuine repentance followed by bona fide change on the part of the political leadership and the people in general is all it would take us to access and to download the greater blessings and benefits that would position us to be a really prosperous nation.Proverbs.14:34 is the answer.

  10. dominica to the bone
    December 15, 2014

    thats the way to go dominica.

  11. qstorm78
    December 15, 2014

    Every little bit helps

  12. jomo
    December 15, 2014

    Lets see the comments. Its good for DA. boy boy boy.

  13. proud
    December 15, 2014

    Well done my beloved country, well done

  14. Bomboclat
    December 15, 2014

    Big ups to my country. If it was something bad there would be a million comments.

  15. grell
    December 15, 2014

    Democracy will be soon gone under our dictator.conrats dominica.

    • December 15, 2014

      Those whom failed to accept when the majority spoken and defeated desperate to be in power they are dictators.

    • Bomboclat
      December 15, 2014

      OU sit wii! Where politics coming in, in that. That is if you had breakfast for the morning. Don’t talk too much on that hungry stomach!

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