Raftrek Adventure Travel

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A small family-owned business and we create tours which focus primarily on outdoor adventure. Apart from being passionate about the outdoors, they are passionate about their clients getting to know their people, culture, food and way of life.
Member since: 08 Oct 2020

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

The nature of what we do often leads us to operate in rural areas often lacking the infrastructure necessary for
economic growth. While that is often good for nature preservation, it leaves some communities isolated from any form
of economic growth. We bring tourism into those communities by employing local people. Apart from the economic
benefit this brings to the local communities, it also drives those communities to care about the environment because a
clean natural environment is effectively what we are selling to tourists. The demands of our clients also bring
awareness of global trends into those communities eg. the demand for locally grown organic food.
In Kaštel Žegarski – a war torn town which has seen minimal progress in the last 30 years, we have managed to set
up our base on a family farm. Apart from being paid rent for us staying there, the family also sells farm-grown packed
lunches to tourists and they participate in the logistics of our Zrmanja river tour (our best selling tour). In the same
town we also recruit and employ local young people as river guides. This is also good for our business as local people
have a lot more to teach tourists about the local culture, flora and fauna.

Environmental responsibility

We are passionate about keeping our environment clean and protecting wildlife not only because of the intrinsic value
of nature but because we are aware that our business and our livelihoods depend 100% on nature preservation. We
practice and teach others to practice a “leave no trace” policy and “take nothing but memories” policy to ensure we
alter our environment as little as possible. When we sell a river tour, a boat tour or a hiking tour we are selling the river,
sea and mountain as they should be in their best state – their original state. In all our bases and on our catamaran we
recycle and encourage all our clients to do so as well. At the beginning of each season we organize team-building
style clean-up actions where guides and base managers clean up the area which they are about to work in the coming
season. This means the river base mangers and guides clean the river, the skippers and catamaran guides clean the
beaches and the trekking/hiking guides clean the trails we regularly use. While guiding tours, we also pick up any
trash we see along the way. Often times our clients will join in on this making an activity out of it and leaving them with
a feeling they have left a good mark on their holiday destination. Apart from the actual cleaning, all entrance fees we
pay taking our clients to national parks also go towards cleaning up and nature and wildlife preservation.

Social responsibility

We have recognized a long time ago that our adventure-seeking clients are more than just adrenaline seekers – they
are passionate explorers of history, art, architecture, food, culture, way of life and mentality. That is why each of our
itineraries includes a cultural aspect to it. Whether it is a visit to a monastery and its ethnographic exhibition during a
cycling tour or a dinner visit to a local family at the end of a hike - we aim to satisfy our clients’ curiosity about all things
Croatia. By employing mostly local people we ensure that they are the ones teaching others first-hand about local
culture. Locals are also the first one to know about local projects and events and they are always eager to include
guests to participate

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