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Virtuoso and Sustainable Tourism

Eco-tourism is the new 'luxury' in the travel industry

Book by Dec 31, 2019
Sustainable travel has gone from trend to transformative movement, and the list of innovators within the Virtuoso network helping advance this cause runs long and deep. Wilderness Safaris, for example, commenced operations in 1983 with a mission of conservation through tourism, and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts was the first hospitality company in North America to establish green operations, as far back as 1990. 

Below is just a small sampling of the ongoing sustainable travel efforts by various Virtuoso Travel Partners

 

Lindblad Expeditions 

Lindblad’s environmentally friendly practices include serving sustainable seafood. It also supports conservation and research in fragile destinations such as the Galápagos Islands. 

 

Royal Caribbean International

This cruise line partners with the World Wildlife Fund to educate guests on marine conservation, and its environmental officers focus on water conservation and recycling. 

 

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Australia 

This resort in the Greater Blue Mountains has restored natural habitat for rare wildlife and planted more than 200,000 indigenous trees. 

 

Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

Six Senses’ on-site Earth Lab teaches guests about conservation, and its cork exchange program collects used wine corks and trades them for tree saplings used in reforestation.

 

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives 

Four Seasons’ Reefscapers project helps regenerate coral damaged by climate change. In addition, the coral-growing frames are locally produced, providing small-business development.

 

Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador

Located in a former logging area, Mashpi works to rehabilitate biodiversity-rich cloud forest; its efforts have led to the recent discovery of two new species: the Mashpi torenteer frog and Mashpi magnolia.

 

Singita Grumeti - Sabora Tented Camp, Tanzania

Singita Grumeti’s community efforts include funding a farmers’ cooperative, training game scouts to reduce poaching (the lodge is adjacent to Serengeti National Park), and establishing a culinary school for locals.  

 

We’re fortunate to have a world of resources at our fingertips, thanks in large part to our partnership with Virtuoso®, an organization of the top travel agencies, travel providers, and destinations worldwide.

Through Virtuoso, we are able to offer our clients the kind of exclusive amenities, upgrades, access, and experiences that elevate your vacation. Once we understand your individual interests and preferences, we put our industry knowledge and global Virtuoso connections to work.

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