Iran in depth group tour

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03 Sep 2018
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Iran in depth group tour

Environment

Iran is a country where 'green' policies and principles are not exactly buzz words so it's all about the little things adding up to slowly start to make a difference. We are always talking to our local ground agents about the importance of stressing to clients the importance of basic responsible principles such as appropriate waste disposal, not to waste water, turning off lights on leaving the room in hotels, not replacing towels and bedding daily etc.

Our local agents are also keen to stress to visitors the importance of not straying from marked trails at historic sites, an important step towards maintaining the sites for future generations.

As a company we have introduced responsible practices in our UK office including paper, cardboard, aluminium and plastic recycling. We also support local UK charities including the RNIB and various charities around the world. 50% of our office staff use public transport (bus and train) and cycle to work. Management encourages this with their introduction of the cycle to work scheme which offers subsidised cycle ownership.

Community

By the very nature of life in Iran all services are provided by local Iranian people. This includes your local English-speaking group guides, the drivers, local guides at various monuments/sites and hotel staff. All staff are paid a fair wage for Iran and all wages are kept within the local communities thereby supporting local people. Furthermore, by visiting these hotels and sites additional income is brought into the region, further helping to develop the local area.

Almost all meals are included on the itinerary and food is sourced locally whether it is served in hotels or a local restaurant. All hotels on the itinerary are locally owned, managed and run.

Possibly one of the key positive benefits of visiting Iran is the albeit sometimes small influence outside attitudes and cultures can make on the people of the country. Iranian people are always welcoming and friendly and keen to learn a little about Western ways. This vacation helps to allow each culture to learn a little about the other which should hopefully encourage tolerance between Iran and the outside world.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Iran the country - the people, the bustle, the food, the antiquities - it was a revelation; can't wait to go again !

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go with an open mind and leave negative preconceptions behind. Many Iranians will want to talk to you, to say Hello and practise their excellent English. Do respond and make new friends.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we used entirely local amenities, restaurants, bazaars and travel services.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This was very good.The success of a group tour is very dependant on the tour leader and the local guide, both of whom were excellent in this case.

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