In the past decade the tremendous growth in tourism has put great stress on the habitat and indigenous culture of the local communities in many destinations. It is much easier today to visit a place which was considered remote earlier. In many places, this has led to depletion of resources and long term damage to the local, traditional way of life.
The issues involved are quite complex and there are no easy short term solutions to these problems. However a little awareness and sensitivity from visitors goes a long way to reduce the impact on people, culture and nature alike.
A little Care
- Do not waste water or electricity : Conserving resources by using the least possible amount of non-renewable resources such as water, electricity. Many areas suffer from inadequate infrastructure. Our appreciation and action help the locals.
- Do not litter : It takes enormous effort to clean the waste, but a little effort from us can help making and keeping our country clean.
- Know about your hosts : Informing oneself about the local culture, politics, and economy to be visited ensures a deeper understanding and fulfilling experience.
- Contribute : Contributing to intercultural understanding and tolerance.
- Support local business : Supporting the integrity of local cultures by favoring businesses which conserve cultural heritage and traditional values ensures the continuation and preservation.
- Purchase local produce : Supporting local economies by purchasing local goods and participating with small, local businesses help the local economy.
- Trips that support : We encourage our guests to try trips which support the local communities. We request our guests to “step out” for enjoyable experiences through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local culture and hospitality.
- Gifts : We advise our guests to buy souvenirs and gifts directly from the artisans ( where possible) or buy from shops owned by local people or government emporiums. We procure our gifts from charitable organisations.
- Local staff : Local group leaders and guides are engaged on most of our trips, providing employment for local communities. We are committed to developing long-term relationships with our local suppliers, by working closely with them to develop new products/services to ensure that the economic benefit is ongoing.
- Environment : We work to minimize the environmental impact of our trips. This means making sure local trekking guidelines are followed, no litter is left behind, water sources are environmentally friendly and responsible cooking fuels are used, where applicable. We also have guidelines in place for specific excursions, like trekking and wildlife safari, so awareness is raised on how to protect, fragile environments.
- Partnerships : We have taken extra care, time and patience to identify our activity partners in each region. We partner with companies working closely with local wildlife and community projects.
- Our office : We recycle our office paper, toner cartridges and use energy efficient electrical equipment. We educate staff on how to cut waste. By developing our website and electronic literature, we’re drastically reducing the amount of paper materials we produce.