How 11 Companies Do Their Share For Sustainable Tourism

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The year 2017 is the year for sustainable tourism.  Travel companies all around the world are doing their share in order to promote its cause. Sustainable tourism is an industry that fosters a commitment to establish an economic, socio-cultural, and environmental balance for tourism development. It is mainly for the conservation of the biodiversity in the world while promoting tourism, attempting to minimize the impact of tourism on the local culture and environment. Moreover, sustainable tourism aims to generate employment and income to the local community while ensuring the local ecosystem conservation.

Sustainable Tourism and Today’s Travel Agencies / Companies

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There is a partnership among travel agencies/companies and authorities in their respective locations in the pursuit of promoting sustainable tourism and maximizing its positive contributions. The goals of sustainable tourism development highlight the importance of biodiversity conservation as well as poverty reduction. It offers crucial incentives for the economy of the participating agency while protecting the natural habitat. In most cases, the revenues from tourism are funneled back to activities for nature conservation and the management of protected areas.

Sustainable tourism also aims to raise awareness and foster good behavior change mainly for the preservation of nature among millions of tourists who are traveling around the world each year.
Here is a list of travel agencies/companies from different corners of the globe who are promoting sustainable tourism and doing their share through their travel and tour packages:

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Setting by example, Small World Journeys promote sustainable and responsible tourism through their own practices starting from their workplace. The travel company is located in 33 Langan Street Earlville, QLD, and is dedicated to promoting sustainable travel as shown in their policies. The tour operator focuses on traveling in small groups as well as helping conserve the natural areas that are included in their itinerary.

 

What do they do for sustainable tourism?

For their office operations, SWJ fosters responsible tourism through reducing their paper wastage through skipping the use of any paper-made brochures. With Sustainable Travel International, the company offsets carbon emissions from their office operations. They also use energy-efficient bulbs or natural light in their office as well as energy-efficient equipment and appliances. For their trip operations, SWJ promotes social, economic, and environmental responsibility from providing guests with cloth shopping bags to offering reusable water bottles instead of disposable plastic containers.

 

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The travel operator promotes eco-tourism and sustainable tourism development as they welcome tourists and travelers in the Philippines. The main office of the agency is at 331 Building, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati, Metro Manila. With over 4 decades of providing tour services and packages to their clientele, Rajah Travel Corporation is one of the Filipino-owned travel companies that foster sustainable tourism in their trips and operations.

 

What do they do for sustainable tourism?

According to the company president, Aileen Clemente, there are initiatives fostering environment preservation while growing tourist arrivals in the country. The agency supports mangrove replanting across the Philippines and trees are planted in order to counter the effects of the forest-burning “kaingin” method. Whale-watching guides are former dynamite fishers and former mining sites are being converted into climate and research centers.

 

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Located in 19 Charlotte Street, Toronto, Ontario, the travel agency was launched in 1990 with the aim of offering authentic adventures to tourist in a sustainable and responsible way. Sustainable tourism is the main vision of the company exerting efforts in sustainability that is reflected in their commitment to exploring the gifts of nature in different locations while helping preserve the environment and cultural heritage of the local people.

 

What do they do for sustainable tourism?

G Adventures stay true to its practice of giving back as you travel and not taking away. The company emphasizes the importance of the planet being their main product as a travel operator. Thus, the welfare of the environment and the society is their fundamental priority hence the establishment of the Planeterra Foundation. The NGO commits to offering benefits to the communities that the travel company includes in their tourist destinations. The travel agency closely and directly works with the foundation in minimizing the impact on these communities and destinations while promoting sustainable solutions as well as economic growth. The company also supports animal welfare, local investment, and disaster relief operations.

 

  • Sunvil (United Kingdom)

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A respected name in the travel industry, Sunvil in Old Isleworth, SW London makes significant innovations in their tour services that have been around for over 4 decades now. One of the vital innovations that the tour operator highlighted is Responsible Tourism. As the current buzz in the industry, the company also aims to create better places to visit and live in through doing their share in fostering sustainable tourism.

 

What do they do for sustainable tourism?

For Sunvil, sustainable tourism development means working alongside local agents and hosting communities in their quest for culturally sensitive and sustainable tourism activities. The travel agency also builds closer relationships with the people in their tour destinations. Sunvil also promotes self-catering specifically in the island of Cyprus as early as 1970. The company supports high-revenue tourism with low impact on the environment. There is support of the local representatives and suppliers and the protection of the local environment through nature-based activities. Sunvil also promotes the protection of the natural landscapes in every destination.

 

  • Courant Marin (Japan)

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The Tokyo-based travel agency is a name that promotes ecotourism and green tourism in the Japanese travel industry. The local kayak promotion agency highlights some of a fascinating kayak destinations in the country while fostering the best sustainable tourism development.

 

What do they do for sustainable tourism?

Their travel options reflect some of the main objectives of sustainable travel such as using different routes on a daily basis to discover new sites and views on every trip. The company also promotes local food and suppliers as well as promotes the conservation of different destinations in the country including the Onsen hot spring and kayaking destinations in Hiwasa. The tour operator is one with the Japan Ecotourism Society in organizing regular river cleaning events as well as operations that observe the policies of offsetting carbon emissions, eradicating printer cartridges through using laser printing, using Internet ads to reduce paper wastage and usage, and recycling or trash segregation.

 

  • A&E Travel Co., LTD. (Thailand)

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Located in Surawong Rd. Suriyawongse, Bangrak, Bangkok, the travel agency is an official member of the Association of Thai Travel Agents. The organization widely promotes sustainable tourism in its objectives and major policies by which the company adheres and tailors its own company goals. The agency not only helps in the development and promotion of the tourism industry of Thailand but also supports the preservation of the cultural heritage in their destination.

 

What do they do for sustainable tourism?

In accordance with the rules and regulations of ATTA, the tour operator campaigns for extensive awareness of tourism especially among Thai people. They also observe environment-friendly activities and practices in their guided tours and travels around the island in order to nurture sustainable tourism. The main objective of the tour operator is not just for economic growth and the interest of the company but also in promoting Thailand’s tourism and taking care of nature and conserving the heritage of the Thai people.

 

  • Norway Outdoors (Norway)

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With an office in Femund, Hedmark, Norway, Norway Outdoors specializes in fully guided, tailor-made and authentic nature trips. Tourists and guests can choose either or a combination of the summer, winter, and all-season trip, from cozy stays to wild camping adventures. One of the main highlights in the services of this travel company is sustainable tourism.

 

What do they do for sustainable tourism?

Norway Outdoors takes tourists and guests to guided wilderness expeditions that showcase canoeing activities in the most popular canoe trips and courses. There are guided holiday packages for summer based on the most refreshing Norwegian outdoors or you can choose the winter packages with cross country ski, dog sledding, and snowshoeing as you stay in mountain hotels, cabins, or lodges. Norway Outdoors promotes sustainable tourism through respecting the pace of the participants and nature during their guided trips and courses. There is a relaxed, cozy, and respectful atmosphere. The small-group trips are ideal for reducing the carbon footprint of the activity as the travel operator believes that nature is something that is borrowed thus taking care of it is an utmost priority. There are also activities such as eating at least once with the Norwegian locals, getting to know their local culture, and supporting their local economy.

 

  • Nature Travels (UK-based with destinations in the Nordics)

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Sustainable tourism is one of the most valued priorities of this outdoor specialist that offers travel packages to Sweden. Summer, as well as winter packages, are available for tourists and guests with a wide variety of options such as dog sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, and ski touring. Summer activities include hiking, kayaking, canoeing, timber rafting, and tree climbing.

 

What do they do for sustainable tourism?

Nature Travels takes pride in its certified membership with the Swedish Ecotourism Society. The travel agency is the only operator in Sweden that specializes in responsible outdoor activities and holidays especially across Nordic countries. The company promotes sustainable development and tourism through working with local small-scale suppliers who are also committed to ecotourism. The travel agency also donates 2% of its profits to the preservation efforts in Sweden specifically a £4.15/person donation to the Climate Care initiative. The donation aims to offset the impact of travel and fosters strict compliance with sustainability criteria.

 

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The travel agency focuses on extraordinary mountain bike holidays in the beautiful Spanish regions. The company runs mountain bike vacations all year round from weekends to short weeks to important holidays on the calendar. The exhilarating trails along with the rustic-luxe farmhouse complete the grand tour of mountain bike enthusiasts in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Spain. Guests may also opt for a remarkable trip in Andalucia’s the Alpujarra region.

 

What do they do for sustainable tourism?

One of the most exciting and impressive features of the company is the solar-powered farmhouse where the travel agency owners live. Guests who schedule a package with the travel operator are up for a treat from the locally sourced meals to the outstanding bike trips and activities that are centered on promoting the scenic Spanish outdoors while conserving the environment. In the spirit of preserving nature, all kitchen wastes are composted in the farmhouse where the guests will stay. The travel company also discourages and avoids using disposable products and unnecessary plastic packaging. Paper plates and napkins are discouraged to reduce the carbon footprints of all guests and bikers.

 

  • Baobab Travel (Africa)

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The privately owned travel company focuses on sustainable and responsible travel experiences specifically in Africa. They are committed to forging a close partnership and commitment with local tour operators who are also passionately promoting the sustainable tourism approach throughout Africa. The travel destinations they cater to include trips to Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, and Botswana.

 

What do they do for sustainable tourism?

Baobab Travel works with the local community and suppliers in their trip destinations that are often remote locations. These areas are home to unique, indigenous, and sensitive ecosystems and cultures. The travel agency complies with a strictly responsible travel policy especially in safeguarding the communities and preserving their environment and cultural heritage. The company only caters to small-scale tourism to avoid excessive carbon footprints of their activities. They also provide accommodations promoting local suppliers and produce. The travel agency is committed to bringing positive change to their destinations as they also have active involvement in South Africa’s Dalukhanyo Pre-School for the funding of infrastructure developments and basic supplies.

Sustainable tourism aims to make a world of difference when people travel around the globe. It promotes community involvement, nature conservation, and economy growth through generating tourism income for the local business. No wonder more and more travel companies around the world are joining the bandwagon.

 

Tourism is such a huge industry that creates jobs and income to a lot of places.  Due to its volume, it is also an industry that does it share of destroying en environment.  It is not a local phenomenon, but a global one.   On their website, you can either book just accommodations, or tours and packages, or both.

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What do they do for sustainable tourism? 

Eco Companion designs tour packages that has sustainability in mind.  Not only does one  help the local community, it also helps safeguard the delicate ecosystem in that destination.   They have a unique way of checking of a company that claims to be eco-friendly, actually is.  They call this tool the World Rating System. This is their way of checking that what the tour operator/produser claims in terms of sustainable tourism, is true.

What is your travel agency doing for sustainable tourism?

Renting a bike is also environmental-friendly.  I wrote an article about this.  Would you like to read it?

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As a tourist, you can also do your part in sustainable tourism.  Read my blog about this.

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