Luxury Madagascar holiday

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Luxury Madagascar holiday

Environment

Anjajavy: The restaurant at the hotel uses wild, organic, locally sourced ingredients from the forest and the sea, harvesting by traditional methods, ensuring sustainable farming practices, protecting rare species and respecting the regeneration periods of the areas natural resources. Anjajavy also contributes actively to the fight for reforestation and against forest fires. For example since 2009, the hotel has contributed to the extinction of 4 forest fires and reforested 60,000 native trees from its tree nursery and 200 000 mangrove trees.

As a company, we are committed to supporting a wide number of responsible and ethical initiatives, including environmental projects, community tourism projects and education programmes. We encourage our clients to visit many of these initiatives such as wildlife sanctuaries, local schools, orphanages and co-operatives.

Through client-specific notes in our tailor-made itineraries, we continue to actively recommend restaurants, shops and other local businesses so that the community is directly benefited. Most of these have been discovered by our country specialists and include craft shops that ensure tourist money is fed back to the individuals who produce the crafts, and restaurants which train local street children.

We promote environmentally friendly tours and accommodation in a number of destinations. We prefer, where possible, to use smaller, locally owned ground agents. Not only does this ensure that it is the host community who are managing and benefiting from the local tourist industry, but we also believe that our clients will have a better trip as local agents have a much more intimate knowledge of the region.

For the same reasons as above, we always use local guides and drivers. This not only provides crucial employment and income for the local community, but also increases the authenticity of the client’s trip.

We favour ground agents who have an awareness of responsible tourism policies and strong environmental commitment. Responsible practice is one of the principle criteria during the selection of new suppliers, and ethical initiatives form a fundamental element in our ground arrangements. Where available we recommend our clients stay in ethically responsible accommodation, such as eco-lodges that aim to preserve the beauty of natural surroundings.

Community

The hotel supports social investments and works closely with the villages around. The aim of the Anjajavy community project is to promote sustainable development in three remote villages in the vicinity of the hotel. Schools, clinics, wells, sanitations, solar stations are constructed, maintained and operated by the local NGO Ecoles du Monde which is funded by dynamic international campaigns but also from guest’s donations directly to the hotel.

The hotel also constructed a new market place in 2012, which employs almost one hundred local people and purchases provisions from surrounding villages. The hotel supports the development of micro-businesses. Community projects operate in highly diverse fields: fishing, market gardening of fruits and vegetables, handicrafts, trade.

The on-site doctor of the hotel cares for the local staff and their families and for emergencies of the villages. The hotel is doing sensitization of adults for the respect of fishing calendars and fishing methods (namely for prawns, crabs, lobsters and against sea turtle hunting) and of women about family planning. The hotel is also educating kids about the protection of the environment & health.

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