Wholesalers, tour operators and cruise companies are committing to make a positive impact on the world through travel.
On World Tourism Day (Friday 27 September), The Travel Corporation (TTC) is encouraging agents, travel professionals and travellers to pledge to make the world a better place by signing its Make Travel Matter Pledge.
Guided by The TreadRight Foundation, the joint initiative between TTC’s family of brands serves as the next step in the company’s commitment to sustainable tourism and conscious travel.
The Make Travel Better Pledge:
I will make my travel matter – for our planet, for people and for wildlife.
When I explore this planet, I will do my best to tread right. I will refuse single-use plastics when I can and recycle what I cannot avoid. When possible, I will offset my travels.
When I meet new people, I will honour their home as I do my own and do so in the spirit of diversity and inclusion. I will purchase locally made items wherever possible and pay a fair price.
When I experience wildlife, I will do so in nature. I will not ride animals that ought not be ridden, nor support animal cruelty in any way.
Together, we will tread right upon the earth – and we will make our travel matter.
You can stand with TTC too by signing at https://www.treadright.org/pledge/ .
Both Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) and Intrepid Travel have announced new ways travellers can contribute to sustainable travel and combat overtourism around the world.
RCL today announced that 1,400 sustainable tours, from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean and beyond, are now available for booking.
Offered by certified sustainable tour operators, these special tours are available across the cruise company’s family of brands, including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara. As well as unique experiences around the world, from kayaking along Mallorca’s west coast to an underground Mayan River Cenote in Cozumel and grape harvesting at Pizzorno Winery in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The initiative began as part of the company’s 2020 World Wildlife Fund (WWF) target to offer guests 1,000 tours provided by operators certified by the United Nations’ Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) standard.
WWF called RCL’s commitment to and accomplishments in sustainable shore excursions “unprecedented”.
By reaching and surpassing the goal nearly one year ahead of schedule, RCL is underscoring its commitment to operate sustainably and provide its guests with responsible options while ashore.
In the lead-up to World Tourism Day, Intrepid Travel released a selection of less-travelled destinations in its annual ‘Not Hot List’. This year’s list shines a light on the Americas, encouraging travellers to see a new side to the continent beyond the usual hot spots.
These include the Canadian Galapagos Islands and Peru’s real-life mirage – Huacachina.