This trip departs on Mondays between October - May
Responsible tourism: Small group cultural tour of Jordan
By keeping the group size to a maximum of 18 passengers, we can use fewer means of transport. This will decrease our carbon footprint slightly.
With each pre-tour briefing, our guides and representatives brief the clients on what part they can do to keep each of the cities they will visit clean. We request of them to turn off any unused electrical appliances while out of their rooms, we strictly request not littering in buses and on touristic sites. Conserving water when taking showers is encouraged and we also coach them well on where to buy local foods instead of making use of chain store outlets for food and snacks.
The Dead Sea is one of the most important forms of preservation in the world. The resorts have rules to abide to in terms of using the mud and activities in the water. We always brief our clients about these rules and the consequences to the environment if they arenít adhered to. Kerack and Jerash are sites with ruins. We make sure travelers do not walk off the paths so that the ruins are preserved.
As a company, we realized the impact of paper waste. Although we cannot go completely paperless in our field of operation, we have scaled down on the use of paper. The allocation of paper is strictly controlled by our Human Resources team. This has showed a drop in paper use of nearly a quarter of what it used to be four months ago.
Our guides and representatives are very well trained to deal with our foreigner clients. They know what is preferred and what is not. Furthermore, the guides and representatives are well aware of the local handicraft shops to choose from. By taking clients to these shops, we help increase the economic activities of those shops.
We refer clients to locally owned restaurants. In Amman we take the travelers to specified restaurants. This means they will pay a fair price for the food. The same goes for handicrafts being sold by locals. We have a designated sales person who shows the collection to the travelers and they choose to buy or not. No one is intimidated to do so. Any camel riding activities in the Wadi Rum is done by reputable stable owners. No animal cruelty is accepted by us. The Jordanian Tourism Board has strict guidelines as to road and tourist site regulations, this makes our job a little easier conveying the message to the travellers.