The Travel Foundation is expecting a minimum 20% growth in support from the industry this year as other UK charities struggle in the recession.


The sustainable tourism charity reported a near 7% fall in income in 2008 at its annual general meeting this week, due to the ending of public sector ‘seed money’.


But its annual revenue still passed £1 million for a second year in succession.


Chairman Roger Heape told Travel Weekly: “Consumer donations have been slightly lower, which is no surprise given the economic background.


“But there has been no drop in industry funding, and we have had additional support from TUI Travel, The Co-operative Travel, Virgin Holidays.


“We are very encouraged when charities as a whole are having a difficult time. We are confident we will get at least 20% growth in industry support this year, and we should be able to generate increased funding again in 2010.”


The Travel Foundation funds responsible tourism projects in destinations and education on sustainability in the UK, including the Make Travel Greener campaign.