Lebanon food tour

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Lebanon food tour

Environment

We ensure our guides are mindful about protecting the environment in which you travel, and they do a fantastic job of promoting having a minimum impact to the environment whilst travelling. We ask you to be vigilant about disposing of your waste and recycle where possible. During your trip you will be asked if you have any waste to dispose of when it is a suitable time in the itinerary. This ensures we make it as easy as possible for our travellers to be eco-friendly whilst travelling.

We strongly advise all travellers to bring a reusable water bottle - this is an easy way to save plastic waste and is detailed in our ‘What to bring’ trip notes for all trips to all destinations. Your guide will remind you where and when you can fill up your re-usable water bottle. We also encourage general sustainability - limited use of aircon for instance.

This particular itinerary includes a stop at Barouk Cedars nature reserve. The reserve is home to hundreds of species of mammal, bird, and plant, and the monetary support that visitors bring is essential in the upkeep and running of the park, and ultimately, the continuation of their vital protection of Lebanon’s indigenous animal and plant life.

Community

In Lebanon our ground handlers use local drivers and staff, who ensure that all supplies are purchased locally for all journeys. Our belief is that all operational costs should go directly into the local economy wherever possible. Improving employment opportunities in remote regions is a powerful tool in tourism and something that goes right to the heart of our responsible travel ethos.

Given the nature of this tour, there is an emphasis on Lebanese cuisine. As a result, there are a great number of stops at local restaurants, and even cooking classes held at local businesses, for example the ‘sweets demonstration’ at a locally owned pastry shop in Tripoli. Additionally, there are stops at souks in Beirut, Byblos and Tripoli, allowing our travellers the opportunity to but goods directly from local traders. This economic support is just one example of the positive impact responsible tourism can have on communities such as these.

We feel it is important to support Lebanon's youth to secure a prosperous future for the individuals and the country as a whole. So for every traveller who books through Responsible Travel we give a token donation to The Nawaya Network which identifies promising youth from low-income backgrounds and connects them with mentors, classes, funding and internships, giving employment opportunities. This year, they have supported up to 2,500 youth in three main programs: an entrepreneurship and employ-ability program; a coding boot-camp for unemployed computer science graduates; and a talent development program for low-income youth.

Lebanon's stagnant economy has youth unemployment at 35% and employment opportunities are difficult to find, particularly for refugees.The Nawaya Network aims to fill this gap, answering the needs of potentially thousands of ambitious youth throughout Lebanon. By training refugees and out-of-school in entrepreneurship and employ-ability, it is more likely they will find income-generating opportunities. Unemployed youth will gain means to generate an income and it will develop their sense of purpose and motivate them to work hard and lead a more productive and fruitful life.

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