With every corner of the world becoming more accessible and affordable, the importance of travelling responsibly has come more into focus and is a key factor in choosing a holiday for some people. Planning a responsible trip, however, requires a lot of research – and it remains especially difficult to find information on responsible tourism in remote destinations and developing countries. So why not use a travel company who has done all the research and vetting for you? Sunway, with its 53 years’ experience, is working hard at maintaining its high ethical standards by offering holidays that provide a positive experience for local communities and economies.
G Adventures, a Sunway brand, works with social enterprises and NGOs across the globe through the Planterra Foundation. It uses locally owned and based companies and helps develop community-based rural tourism projects and has a “ripple score” for each trip, evaluating what percentage of expenditure stays in the local economy. In India it supports Women on Wheels (female-only chauffeurs) and last year partnered with Wiwa Tours in Colombia, the region’s first indigenous-run operator. Their record speaks for itself –
Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean are both big brands within the Sunway offering. They are now working with World Widlife Fund. Both Celebrity and Royal Caribbean are focusing on emissions reduction, sourcing sustainable seafood and onboard activities to raise awareness of conservation and sustainability to their passengers including a dedicated magazine and WWF videos. Practical measures also include replacing halogen light bulbs for LED and also reducing plastic straws. A new hull design on ships also reduces energy.
River cruising is one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry and also a greener way to travel. By definition, river cruising has some eco-friendly benefits—the ships are compact, they only carry a couple hundred passengers at a time, and the cruise lines have to follow basic environmental standards. Ama Waterways has been improving its fleet’s sustainability for 15 years. Its 22 ships are outfitted with energy-saving LED lights and insulated windows, plus a system that uses membrane technology to filter and recycle wastewater.
Sunway believes in adding to the local communities whilst giving travellers a wonderful experience.
Some offers using sustainable brands –
Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Sea
7 nights – September 22nd – €949
Barcelona, Nice, Portofino, Florence, Pisa, Rome and the Amalfi Coast.
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AmaWaterways 5* River Cruise
Depart Dublin 20th October 2019
Fly to Budapest and return from Munich
Price from €1879pp includes flights, 20kg baggage per person, return port transfers, 7 nights twin share Category D stateroom with fixed window, full board with wine,beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, daily pre dinner cocktail hour, daily complementary excursions. Price does not include gratuities, port charges €150 per person and travel insurance. Price includes Summer sale discount of €1599 per person, ends 31st August 2019
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Tour 14th November 2019
Fly to Lima and return from Cusco
Price from €2239pp includes flights, taxes, 20kg baggage per person, 7 night’s accommodation on twin share basis, some meals and tours as per itinerary. . Price does not pre/post nights , airport transfer and travel insurance.
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