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Travel With These Companies Promotes Sustainability

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | September 20, 2016

Travel With These Companies Promotes Sustainability

PHOTO: Intrepid Travel in Nepal (courtesy of Intrepid Travel) 

There’s a lot of talk about sustainable travel these days — and rightly so. Recently, TravelPulse reported on an AIG Travel Poll that found that more than half of respondents (52 percent) indicated that it was important to travel sustainably. 

How does one travel sustainably? Well, that’s a really good question, and Forbes’ Ann Abel has provided some tips for luxury travelers looking to do just that. 

“Some of the leaders in luxury travel do far more than pay lip service to the idea of looking after the people who live nearby,” Abel writes. 

Abel lists several luxury lodges that keep sustainability top of mind within their business practices. Her first suggestion is Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort in British Columbia. 

Kimmo Bay has been into sustainable practices since before they were fashionable — all the way back to 1982. 

“Now they’re working with the younger generation of First Nations eco-preneurs to help them build sustainable tourism businesses such as Sea Wolf Adventures, which offers resort guests an intimate cultural experience with singing and ceremonies inspired by the traditions and history of the local Kwakwaka’wakw people,” Abel reports. 

Nihiwatu in Indonesia is a luxury playground on the island of Sumba. And it’s the goal of owner Chris Burch, who purchased the property in 2012 to “evolve Nihiwatu into one of the best resorts in the world, an example of a sustainable operation in harmony with the environment and the Sumbanese people,” he tells Abel. 

For Asilia Africa, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing and the company tries to make as little impact as possible on the environment it helps its guests explore. 

Intrepid Travel has been at the heart of a number of community-based tourism activities, partnering with organizations such as ActionAir to provide jobs and skills training, creating a Women Move Mountains tour to climb Kilimanjaro and devoting countless resources to its Namaste Nepal campaign. 

Micato Safaris has also devoted resources to providing education and tools for sustainable living. 

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“For more than 25 years, this luxury-safari powerhouse has been funding the nonprofit foundation Micato-AmericaShare to provide education and other tools for sustainable living to residents of Mukuru, one of Nairobi’s largest slums,” writes Abel. 

For more on the ways these companies are supporting the sustainable travel movement, read on here. 


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