World Environment Day is all about getting up and doing something positive for the environment. Read on to find out about the conservation and community projects we’ve got in store for some of our favourite holiday spots…
Every year, we team up with the Travel Foundation to run Project Discovery, our internal volunteering scheme. The programme goes a little something like this – we handpick some of our staff members, send them out to a handful of holiday destinations, and get them working on a whole range of sustainability projects.
Here’s where our volunteers are headed to this year…
Why: There are loads of beautiful beaches in Cape Verde – but most visitors don’t venture past the one on their doorstep. Volunteers on this project will create a tourist map that showcases Sal’s best beaches.
Why: On this trip, volunteers will help make our excursion line-up more sustainable. Plus, they’ll throw together a walking guide of Montego Bay to get visitors exploring off the tourist trail.
Why: Like the Jamaica project, this one highlights sustainable excursions. This time, our volunteers will set their sights on the hills surrounding Fethiye, with an eye to improving driving tours that’ll get visitors exploring tucked-away villages and little-known views.
Where: All over Lanzarote.
Why: From pools and waterparks, to garden sprinklers and laundry washes – holidays revolve around water. In bone-dry Lanzarote this can create a bit of a dilemma, as naturally pure water is like gold dust. Volunteers on this project will survey hoteliers and customers to gauge their views on water-saving measures.
Where: Puerto Vallarta.
Why: Hotels in Puerto Vallarta come in two sizes – big and really big. As such, they use a whole lot of electricity and water. On this project, volunteers will work with hoteliers on a Sustainability Action Plan that’ll get them thinking about greener ways to run their resorts.
Why: Those heading for the slopes feel the effects of climate change more than most – they’re battling with shrinking glaciers, unpredictable snowfall, and shorter ski seasons. So our sister company, Crystal Ski, will get volunteers chatting to everyone from tourist boards to hoteliers about Greener Snowsports – a tool packed with practical advice on how to make their businesses more eco-friendly.
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Author: Catherine Roberts
Published: June 5, 2014
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