Vanuatu has been included in the 2018 list of The World’s Ten Best Ethical Destinations, a ranking created by Ethical Travel, an all-volunteer non-profit organization and project of the Earth Island Institute.
Another Pacific country joined Vanuatu in this annual list – Palau. Other countries in this list in 2018 are Belize, Benin, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mongolia, St. Kitts & Nevis and Uruguay.
“Every year, Ethical Traveler reviews the policies and practices of hundreds of nations in the developing world. We then select the ten that are doing the most impressive job of promoting human rights, preserving the environment, and supporting social welfare—all while creating a lively, community-based tourism industry. By visiting these countries, we can use our economic leverage to reward good works and support best practices,” Ethical Travel’s report says.
“In our small island countries, Palau and Vanuatu, sustainability is at the forefront of their political agenda, but we would like to see improvements in LGBTQ policy, violence against women, and human trafficking. Vanuatu advanced its goal of becoming 100 per cent reliable on renewable energy by 2030 when The World Bank announced a $4 million project to promote access to renewable energy,” authors of the report said, explaining the main reasons they added Vanuatu to the list.