As a company run by people with a passion for travel, we know mass tourism can have a negative impact, but our experience shows that intelligent tourism – sensitively conducted – can actually support fragile eco-systems and provide opportunities to local people.
Whilst we try to minimise our travel emissions by considering land journeys over short haul flights wherever practical, some emissions are inevitable.
Since January 2020, The Ultimate Travel Company have been offsetting all the carbon footprint created by its London office and staff, and we have also been offsetting the thousands of flights we arrange for our clients.
How? By planting three hundred acres of Mangrove trees in Madagascar. This area alone will absorb 37,000 tonnes of CO2, far in excess of the emissions from our own and our clients’ travels, over the ten-year planting cycle.
Whilst tree planting isn’t the sole solution to climate change, we are excited to be supporting this initiative, which we feel offers maximum benefits for the climate and the local community.
Respecting local people
We believe local people should receive positive benefits from welcoming us a visitor. All our regional partners are part of The Ultimate Travel Company’s ethical code which ensures that their high standards of service are mirrored in their employment ethos so that everyone, from drivers to porters, is treated fairly and with respect. The code also outlines our expectations for health and safety, applied with respect for local cultures and the local environment.
Supporting grass root projects
With the generous help of our challenge participants, over the last two decades we have supported projects that aim to improve education, provide access to health services and to conserve nature. Providing young people with a decent, full education is essential for the future of any society.
We have supported a drinking well and toilets in a school in Tanzania, refitted a school in Peru with new work tables and chairs, chalkboards, and provided essential classroom equipment and clothing in many other schools and orphanages around the world.
Our continued and growing commitment to responsible tourism is something we are very proud of. For more information on all the global charity projects we support click here