Our company organizes hiking and biking tours in Umbria, where we are from. We are particularly proud of our culture and landscape, and we want our travellers to enjoy, appreciate and understand why we Italians feel this emotion. We love our country and we think that tourism is a wonderful job that can support local economy while favouring different cultures to meet, favouring mutual understanding of people.
Member since: 07 Aug 2013
How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...
- Our staff are committed to support an Italian NGO, TAMAT, working in Italy and in less developed countries to fight poverty and support sustainable development. We have been working particularly in the tourism sector, supporting projects, organizing training, giving information and advice to local people wanting to work in sustainable tourism.
- We employ local people, both to support local economy and also because this reflects our policy to make our travellers fully understand Italian culture and tradition.
- Our service providers are local companies employing local people, and in several tours we hire local guides directly.
- We choose service providers that employ local people because they are giving added value to the tour, being able to explain not only the cultural heritage or the natural spots travellers are visiting but also giving a historical explanation to better inform them and understand Italy from an "insiders" view.
- We choose restaurants and B&Bs that mainly use local products. This is a easy choice in Central Italy, as we have many unique products and we want visitors to appreciate them.
- In our office we use recycled paper and we avoid printing if possible.
- On the web site we recommend not to print the information if not necessary, and in case it is necessary to print to do it on recycled paper, and on both sides.
- We send our Traveller Code of Conduct with suggestions to minimize the negative effects on environment.
- We explain Central Italy municipalities' separate collection of rubbish, so as to be able to support the recycling of waste, we recommend saving water and to minimize electricity consumption.
- Most of our tours are walking or biking tours that ensure the least possible impact on environment. We are still working on how to reduce the use of car/bus transfers, supporting the use of public buses and trains. Any other suggestion is welcome!
- We suggest our customers to buy typical agri-food products and locally produced souvenirs, giving them a list of farmers' markets and handicraft shops that reduce pollution because the products are locally produced. We also suggest, when possible handicrafts made with recycled materials.
- Restaurants we choose are using, as much as possible, local products.
- We try to reduce water, energy and fuel consumption wherever possible.
- We give information on how to respect nature and wildlife.
- We send our customer a document with the description and information on the vicinity of their tours, including a list of events, such as local fairs, the opportunity to participate in or visit handicraft labs where they can buy local products (one of these, in Perugia, is a social cooperative working with people with physical and psychological disorders). Another is to visit two local associations, one in Foligno (Solearia, who promote sustainable tourism and concentrates on environmental education in the schools; additionally, our customers can discuss with them ZOES, an association they initiated to share good practices of sustainable development and to publicize "fair" products and services). The other is in Perugia (TAMAT, which supports local associations working for sustainable development in Bosnia Herzegovina, and also working with immigrants in Umbria, to support their empowerment and integration into local schools). We collaborate with them in suggesting how to be a "traveller" and not a mere tourist.
- Last but not least, all of our guides are all local people.