Madagascar tailor made vacation

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Responsible tourism: Madagascar tailor made vacation

Environment

The company that organises this vacation is a multi-award-winning responsible travel company. They try to ensure that nothing they do at home (in UK) or abroad compromises the environment or wildlife or exploits people. They believe in ensuring that travelers are well-informed, as an informed traveler tend to be a more respectful and sensitive traveler. They also believe in giving back to the country, people wildlife and environments which are affected by tourism.

At one property they have planted fruit trees to supply the property, are installing beehives and are finalising a rainwater recovery and grey water recycling project. While another uses the leftover food waste to provide a local pig farmer feed for his animals. They also provide to local farmers used oil for cooking feed where required. At this property, plastic bottles are collected every

Another of the properties on this itinerary uses a coal pit to help purify their grey water for use in the gardens and they participate in a centralised reforestation programme on the island through their company headquarters. They also have solar water heaters on site to save on their power usage with plans to use solar power more widely through the resort.

The tour operator is a multi-award-winning responsible travel company. Every person that travels with this company automatically has their flights carbon offset. This is done through The Travel Forest. The Travel Forest plants indigenous trees to offset the carbon emissions produced when you fly on vacation. Whilst this is the primary motivation for planting the trees, the project also works as a poverty alleviation scheme and aims to combat environmental degradation

The UK head office has a good policy of recycling, reducing and re-using (electricity, paper, plastic etc). They also buy only fair-trade goods such as tea, coffee, and use biodegradable detergents etc. They also make a point of buying only top eco-rated equipment (e.g. monitors).

Community

There are many initiatives across our partners on the island to help support the local communities. Many of the properties support the local villagers but its their involvement in providing resources for the schools, such as equipment and new buildings, or for hospitals by sponsoring visiting doctors and the training of the medical personnel within the health care facilities. One of the properties donates their used of linen, dishes and books for AKANY AVOKO an orphanage on the road to Majunga Ambohidratrimo. This is a bi-annual change of lodge equipment which then has a positive impact. Meanwhile another property takes the majority of their employees from Tamatave, the local village, which represents 100 families. They buy their fresh products locally, items such as fruits, vegetables and fish. This same property regularly works with trainees who come from different hotel training schools for disadvantaged young people and employ people with disabilities, while alos helping various local associations for sports and local folk groups.

In terms of information, all travelers are given guidelines on Traveling with Respect, which includes advice on cultural aspects of your travels as well as protecting the environment. For any community-owned or run project, they also have a Community Tourism Information sheet for travelers to help explain how to get the best from the experience, and what to expect (good and bad). For trekkers, the company have a Porter Policy in place, a copy of which is given to clients. They are also have a Responsible Wildlife Viewing guide too. For anything more specific, e.g. rules about visiting gorillas, this information is also given to clients. In addition, they offer more information about the native people and cultures in a destination country, which all adds to a traveler being more aware.

The company works with partners on the ground in each destination, and only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They have eco-rated about 300 properties worldwide which they work with closely, so they are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveler wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues.

They also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible. Indeed, they were instrumental in setting up two community-owned ventures in Tanzania and Peru.

The company backs a charity with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. It is a charity we encourage our travelers to donate to if they would like to give something back.

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