North Wales multi activity short break

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03 Aug 2019
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: North Wales multi activity short break

Environment

We only work with local, independent partners who share in our passion to positively impact the communities and environment in which we operate.

The boutique hotel you'll stay in on our Active Adventure Multi Activity break is working hard to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, single-use plastics. One of the ways they do this is by using refillable toiletry containers in the bedrooms. Each is filled with soaps and shampoos that have been handmade in the local town using natural ingredients.

North Wales's landscape is full of historic landmarks that tell the story of this ancient region. One of the most prominent is the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Pontycyscllte Aqueduct. Completed in 1808, it is the highest aqueduct in the world. We encourage you to take the optional canoe trip over this historic feat of engineering to learn first hand of the importance of man-made waterways in the industrial revolution and to support the continued protection of this important heritage site.

Community

At the heart of everything we do is a passion to support our local community. One of the best ways we can do this is to solely work with local independent partners, all of whom are equally passionate about supporting the community in which they're based. Finding employment in rural areas has always been a challenge and often leads to young people feeling they have no choice but to move away when they reach employment age.

Our Active Adventure trip uses local guides to lead your coasteering experience, the riverbugging activity and also your taste of packrafting. By providing opportunities for guiding jobs like these, we and our partners are helping more young people to remain in their home towns and villages, close to their families and friends. These rural communities benefit from retaining local people who understand the local customs and, crucially, people who live there all year round.

An all too common problem in rural towns around North Wales is homes being sold as holiday cottages. This pushes property prices up, making it unaffordable for young locals to buy in their area when the time comes to leave home. The more houses become holiday cottages, the higher the prices rise and the more locals are forced to move away. This gradually erodes local customs and, even more devastatingly, creates ghost towns in the winter months when the holidaymakers leave.

Paying a fair wage to our employees and partners is not only simply the right thing to do for the incredible services they provide, it means they can continue to afford housing within their home town. We're proud to support local people in this way, to keep local talent and local communities thriving for years to come.

Ensuring small communities remain balanced is an important consideration for us when planning adventures for our guests in North Wales. Large numbers of tourists landing in one place can place unsustainable pressure on resources and infrastructure. And bringing disproportionate numbers of people to a small community during summer months, while bringing none in the winter months, can make it impossible for small businesses to survive year round.

This is one of the main reasons we only run small group tours. Of course it's better for your enjoyment too, giving you a more authentic experience. But importantly it almost completely eliminates the commercial inbalance caused by overtourism.

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