Windward Isles & French Antilles holiday

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20 Nov 2018
£ 3465
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18 Dec 2018
£ 4269
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Windward Isles & French Antilles holiday

Although the Windward Isles are famous for their stunning beaches and resorts we take the chance to enter to the interior of three distinctive islands exploring the less visited national parks.

We use a local operator to provide our accommodation and transport. We travel mainly on inter-island ferries rather than flying between the islands, this way we minimize the impact of our carbon emissions. We stay, wherever possible, in smaller, family-run hotels rather than the larger all-inclusive resorts that are common in the Caribbean.

We also eat out in local restaurants in the evenings, thus spreading our holiday spending through the local community. We also use different local agents on each island so that all the revenue for the tour is not going to one operator on one island. The local guides that we use, particularly in Dominica, which is commonly known as 'The Nature Island', are incredibly knowledgeable about caring for their environment, and they are keen to ensure that visitors leave no trace whether in the forests or on the coast.

After the devastating hurricane that hit the islands in 2017, particularly affecting Dominica, the island is starting to rebuild and desperately needs the injection of money that tourism can give to their economy. We have been working with our local supplier to ensure that they are ready to start welcoming visitors again, in a sustainable way.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

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Reviewed on 30 Mar 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visit to Dominica and staying high in the hills at Roxy. Walking round the lake there.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take $US not $EC. You end up carrying a wadge of notes otherwise. There are a lot of additional costs for excursions and food not included in the price of the trip.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Benefited local people in that we ate in different, local restaurants. Provided employment by using hotels and transport. The remaining two: not particularly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Well organized. Ran smoothly. The description matched the reality. Interesting.

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The fantastic weather and the people of the Caribbean.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do it. It's a great holiday. Take lots of US dollars.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic.

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