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In 2019, Vagabond Tours founder, Rob Rankin, wanted to take further action to promote responsible tourism practices in Ireland.

He identified a commercial opportunity to deliver top quality training and certification in a growth sector.

In early 2019, Rob purchased Greenbox Consulting Limited, trading as Ecotourism Ireland. The long term 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.

In 2024, Sustainable Travel Network was re-launched.

What does Sustainable Travel Network do?

Sustainable Travel Network aims to stimulate the development of responsible tourism across Ireland.

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.

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

Find out more about Sustainable Travel Network 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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