An increasing number of travellers are taking eco-friendly holidays as climate change becomes a more pressing subject, it has been claimed.

The majority of tourists will choose eco-friendly tour operators and airlines when possible, an industry expert has said.

Dermot Blastland, managing director of TUI UK & Ireland, said: “Consumers are going on holiday because they want to have a good time but 60 per cent of them prefer to go with companies who are eco-friendly.”

He added that the trend indicates that people are “starting to take climate change seriously”.

In terms of destinations, Mr Blastland commented that resorts need to take climate change into account when making any alterations to their premises or developing new attractions.

Meanwhile, he stressed that airlines need to convince passengers that they are efficient.

Earlier this month, South Africa was among the countries selected by the Ethical Traveler as one of the developing world’s best ten ethical destinations.

Argentina topped the list, with Belize, Chile, Ghana and Lithuania completing the top five.

South Africa was in ninth place, just ahead of Suriname.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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