Responsible tourism: Family activity vacation in the French Alps, Val d'Isère
From the more apparent energy saving of LED and CFL lighting (which we introduced over 7 years ago) and sustainable woodfuels to 'behind the scenes' high energy efficient building practices in our latest chalets and refurbishments, the company has sought to not only reduce our energy consumption but also the consumption of many other natural resources.
We emphasise to our guests environmental costs, with particularly focussing upon water wastage and chemical pollution. Examples are: Second towels being available but only upon request, using bio-degradable detergents, switching from oil-fired to electric radiators. It is company policy to ensure that we keep our operating wastage to a minimum, especially with regard to food and other consumables. This extends to re-cycling where practicable, and includes the simplest things such as using egg trays as firelighting material.
Over the years we have streamlined our procedures with such projects as paper-less booking system and ticket-less flight documentation. Further reduction paper, chemical and carbon usage has been made by extending the life of our brochures to two or three years.
From our foundation, as a company we have always sought out local produce, from reputable and sustainable suppliers. Not only does this reduce the carbon footprint by lessening the transport impact but it also greatly benefits the local economy, and thus community.
Our popular excursions include local farms, museums, artisans and markets. We find that our guests enjoy this close-up exposure to local culture, and benefit from a greater understanding of local life which they may not otherwise encounter. Our guided walks are a particular successful way of understanding how the environment has affected the indigenous population, as well as discovering many hidden secrets of the locale's flora and fauna.
We work closely with local activity operators, bars, restaurants and wholesalers and other suppliers as well as the wider community, and have supported a number of local events and charities. Activity operators employ local instructors and other support staff, as well as adhering to local environmental requirements.
By running special promotions with local cultural sites, bars and restaurants it not only encourages guests to interact with, and better understand, the local community but also helps to inject money into the local economy.