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Vagabond Tours founder, Rob Rankin, wanted to take further action to promote responsible tourism practises in Ireland. He identified a commercial opportunity to deliver top quality training and certification in a growth sector.

Rob Rankin and Larry Coady of Vagabond Tours accept Eco Tourism Gold Level Certificate from Mary Mulvey of Eco Tourism Ireland

In early 2019, Rob purchased Greenbox Consulting Limited, trading as Ecotourism Ireland, with the long terms goals of widening the scope of ecotourism training and certification across the Irish tourism sector.

In late 2019, the business was rebranded as Sustainable Travel Ireland.

What does Sustainable Travel Ireland do?

Sustainable Travel Ireland aims to stimulate the development of ecotourism countrywide.

The organisation developed an ecotourism quality label. The goals of this label are:

  • to stimulate the development of new ecotourism experiences in Ireland;
  • defend the ethical values of existing ecotourism operators;
  • guide visitors travel choices and help them to choose promoters of ecotourism products and the experiences they have on offer.

Rob says...

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"I'm delighted that Mary Mulvey, the driving force behind Ecotourism Ireland, is very much part of our future plans."

Sustainable Travel Ireland will be run as a completely separate entity from Vagabond Tours.

Find out more about Sustainable Travel Ireland on their website »

Find Out More About Our Responsible Tourism Efforts

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Responsible Tourism On The Road

We save water, conserve fuel and practice Leave No Trace while on tour

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Visit Green VagaHQ

We operate a green headquarters by recycling, saving water and energy.

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The Extra Mile

We go further by litter picking, educating our guests and helping local communities.

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EcoTourism Ireland

Read why Vagabond founder, Rob Rankin, acquired EcoTourism Ireland in 2019.

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Our Social and Environmental Policy

Read our full Social and Environmental Policy

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