Sri Lanka is not included in the list of Ethical Travel Destinations for 2014.
Ethical Traveler conducts a survey of developing nations—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe— to identify the world’s best travel and tourism destinations. “We begin our research by focusing on three general categories: Environmental Protection, Social Welfare and Human Rights. 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. This helps us select nations that are actively improving the state of their people, government and environment. ” says Ethical Traveler.
According to the CNN, Every year, the California-based team reviews policies and practices in the developing world, then selects the 10 countries that are doing the most to promote human rights, preserve their environments and support social welfare — all while creating a lively, community-based tourism industry.
“By visiting these countries, we use our economic leverage as travelers to support best practices,” says Ethical Traveler in its latest report publsihed on December 02, 2013.
In alphabetical order, the 2014 top 10 are:
1. The Bahamas
3. Cape Verde
“Once again, no Asian country qualified for our list,” says Ethical Traveler.
“In this first phase of our process, we consider country scores from a variety of databases related to one of the three categories, using information from sources like Freedom House, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Reporters Without Borders, UNICEF, GLBT resources and the World Bank. 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. This year, responding to requests from our members, we also added Animal Welfare to our list. Although this issue not as codified in our candidate nations as it is in fully developed countries, we found the research revealing.” it said in its report.
Read the full report here