Responsible tourism: Peru & Bolivia small group holiday
How our company is making a difference: We know that making the positive difference we aim to achieve will not be an easy task. However, our enthusiasm and commitment towards our travel responsibility mission is far stronger than any obstacles. We believe that in order to achieve any objective, the company has to have accurate policies and procedures for the employees and the guests to follow in order to reach our goal.
In Bolivia in, we encourage our travelers to not contribute to the already excessive garbage that floods the cities. We brief them on the best means of disposing of empty water bottles and food wrappers.
Furthermore, Bolivia has major environmental concerns, two of them being deforestation and water pollution. We clearly state to our travelers to not smoke and dispose of cigarette buds while on the walking trails. This can cause major forest fires which will destroy already frail forests. As for water pollution, all our tour guides and tour leaders encourage travelers to not pollute the running water by any means. Water Pollution is one of the major concerns that the Peru environment faces. It is just a small act from a traveler to refrain from throwing any waste into the streams and rivers. The same goes for dumping waste in the forests that are traveled through and camped in by our tours.
We have decided that the environment is a major component of any local community and any negative effect on the environment would directly have an impact on the lives of the inhabitants of the local community. Therefore, we have drawn up a strict environmental protection policy that all our employees and travelers have to abide by. For example, we recycle empty ink cartridges. A company collects them and disposes of them in the correct manner.
For us, Responsible Travel is the only way to travel.
Throughout our long tourism business journey, exceeding 15 years of travel operation in the Middle East, we have succeeded in establishing strong links with the communities we are dealing with in the host destinations.
We believe that the Responsible Travel concept has to be a two-way strategy with both the travelers and the local community gaining benefits. We benefit the local communities we visit using a wide scope of activities that have a positive impact on the local economy, directly by donating money to charity organizations, financially supporting some local communities and by recruiting employees who belong to the local community. We encourage our guests to buy local products and make use of services that people in local communities offer. We help indirectly through capacity building projects we implement with our employees and through the experiences and cultural exchanges that take place between the locals and our travelers during our tours.
We promise to support the local community of every destination we take our travelers to. We will do this by employing local guides, using local handicraft shops and recommend shops to our travelers so that their holiday spending contributes to the people of that country. Furthermore, we provide each traveler with a tipping guide. By doing this we set a concept of tipping and gratuity for every person who will offer a form of service to the traveler.
In Bolivia, travelers are encouraged not to tempt children or any locals with food and sweets. The culture has to be respected at all times.
Child poverty is also one of the major problems the country faces therefore we attempt to establish a funding strategy to collect money for feeding support to the children of Bolivia.
Tourism plays a vital role in contributing to Peru's economy and providing employment, but schooling is yet to be acknowledged. We encourage our travelers to always take school stationary with them that they may hand over to the organizers of these initiatives to support schools.