Celebrating Earth Day, Everyday Through Stories
As the world celebrates Earth Day in April, we wanted to share news from our clients around the world that are taking steps to be more sustainable, combat climate change, and support the environment. At REYA we celebrate Earth Day everyday.
A sense of accountability towards the environment and the socioeconomic well-being of local societies among the private and public sectors is fueling the demand for sustainable tourism all over the globe. Sustainability is quickly becoming a key consideration in the decision-making process of travelers. This has become very evident in the safari industry, with global search volumes for 'sustainable safari' increasing by 16% since 2019.
Here are a few ways tourism is making a positive impact on communities, habitats, and the environment, and how travelers can be part of the solution.
THE CHRISTOPHER ST. BARTH
St Barthélemy’s 5-star hotel, the Christopher, located on the magnificent bay of Pointe Milou, is pleased to announce its partnership with AQUAchiara to develop a sustainable drinking water solution for its restaurants and guests, the first of its kind on the island. Since 2019, the Christopher has been working to improve its environmental impact, and to offer tourism that respects nature, which has been recognized and awarded the Green Globe Certification, the only hotel in St. Barth.
WITHIN THE WILD, ALASKA
Within the Wild, the award-winning, family-owned adventure travel company in the wilds of Alaska has announced the launch of its 501c3 non-profit ‘Be the Wild Stewardship Project’. As the company celebrates 30 years of operating in Southcentral Alaska, the Dixon family is prioritizing the need to safeguard the natural world and cultures around them as part of the company’s vision for the future. These new initiatives will focus on preserving wild land, Alaskan Native culture, and marine ecosystems. Known as a vast and wild place, Alaska is rich with an abundance of natural resources which continues to be threatened by mining and development projects.
CHEETAH PLAINS, SOUTH AFRICA
Cheetah Plains is home to the exclusive-use luxury villa and sustainable safari experience nestled in South Africa’s most celebrated wildlife area, the Sabi Sand Nature Reserve. A sophisticated, innovative eco-luxury safari experience for the modern age, Cheetah Plains was designed to offer the best in service to its guests and also its environment. Operating 100% off grid using solar power and electric land vehicles, this is a first for the Nature Reserve.
Combining Positive Impact Safaris and Trips with a Purpose, Go2Africa aims to provide exceptional, meaningful experiences for its clients, offering safaris that allow you to have hands-on experiences, or visit one of the wildlife, community or environmental projects run by one of their many partners. This includes helping to collar a rhino to gather vital conservation data, painting a schoolroom, and giving a lesson in a rural village.
VOLCANOES SAFARIS, EAST AFRICA
Volcanoes Safaris has long showcased how conservation and hospitality can come together to create a regenerative travel experience that brings rewards for both the local economy and the planet. Volcanoes Safaris, pioneers of gorilla and chimpanzee eco-tourism in Uganda and Rwanda since 1997, reflects on the last 25 years while looking ahead as they announce the launch of their 5th lodge to open in 2023 near Kibale National Park in Uganda for chimpanzee trekking.
Pelorus Foundation’s new Climate Investment Fund is a dynamic portfolio made up of nature and technology-based solutions to carbon removal, addressing travel emissions responsibly. Inspired by a desire to take a hands-on approach to carbon emissions, the Fund creates sustainable partnerships directly with the projects on the ground – supporting communities on the front line of the climate crisis, and investing in technology that is pioneering carbon removal. Clients traveling with Pelorus have an opportunity to invest credits allowing environmentally conscious individuals to address their travel emissions responsibly. Solutions to conserving our planet exist. It’s simply a matter of investing in them.
Nelly O. Gedeon, serial entrepreneur and founder of Wayaj is pleased to introduce her newest venture IMPPACT (Imperative Metamorphosis to Preserve our Planet and Communities for Tomorrow). IMPPACT is a proprietary software comprising a one-of-a-kind Carbon Footprint Calculating Engine (CFC Engine™) and Sustainable Actions module that the public can utilize to enable positive-impact travel worldwide, making it easy to assess the CO2 generated from business or leisure travels and neutralize its impact through offsetting, while supporting Sustainable Actions (SAs) which are aligned with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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