While sustainable tourism is not a new concept, the idea of treading lightly and protecting natural and cultural heritage on your travels is once again in the spotlight thanks to its inclusion in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable tourism is no longer niche or nice – it’s imperative, and the ideal lever for global change. Which is why it’s refreshing to see global travel companies like Trafalgar getting involved in protecting, preserving and giving back – while still offering guests the trip of a lifetime.
Through #TrafalgarCares, the company is working to grow its sustainable tourism reach through a number of approaches, not in the least through supporting the TreadRight Foundation – established by its parent company, The Travel Corporation.
While some TreadRight initiatives are company-wide, many are specific to Trafalgar and see the company partnering with destination organisations to help fund everything from restoration projects to rebuilding communities after natural disasters. Trafalgar is also dedicated to giving back, supporting local businesses through guest visits as part of their Insider Experiences. This not only enriches guest holidays, but in turn supports local infrastructure while giving back to the people sharing their culture. Guests booking a trip through Thailand, for example, can journey to Ban Mae Kampong village and learn how their visit is supporting ecotourism and generating income for the village.
Sustainability is also at the forefront of #TrafalgarCares initiatives: travelling by coach, guests can rest assured their chosen mode of transport creates less pollution per passenger kilometre than any other form of transport. A number of the #TrafalgarCares initiatives are targeted toward supporting worthy causes, from Movember to working with Free the Children to build schools in Kenya and Ecuador.