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Sustainable travel with Kuoni

Friday 8 March 2019

We all know that tourism can have huge benefits for communities around the world, but it can also take its toll on the destinations we love. For this reason, many of us are trying to find ways to travel more responsibly, thinking about how our holidays impact the environment and choosing sustainable tourism options.

In their 2019 Worldwide Travel Report, Kuoni rounded up some good news stories about a few of our favourite destinations, so now you can enjoy a guilt-free holiday and even make a positive impact by adding these places to your bucket list.

Down in South America, Costa Rica, an undeniable jewel of the natural world, was the first Latin American country to ban recreational hunting. The Costa Rican government has laid plans to make it the first carbon neutral country in the world by 2021, when they also plan to ban all single-use plastics.

Costa Rica

Two other destinations cracking down on disposable plastics are the Maldives and the Seychelles. The latter banned the importation of Styrofoam takeaway boxes, disposable cutlery, cups and plastic bags in 2017, and have extended the ban to single-use plastic straws this year. While in the Maldives, Velassaru is leading the way with its innovative new edible straws made from sugar and corn starch. The island resort has also built its own recycling plant.


Sri Lanka is another popular Indian Ocean destination and here founders of ethical lifestyle brand Gandys are giving back to the country they love through their Orphans for Orphans foundation. Kuoni has teamed up with Gandys to craft a new independent car and driver tour of the island and for every trip sold £50 is donated to the foundation. Find out more about the amazing story of the two brothers who created Gandys.

Gandys in Sri Lanka

In Kenya you can also give back to the local community with a Kuoni tour as the Leopard Safari allows you the opportunity to visit the Kazuri project. Started in 1975 with just two single mothers, this project has grown into a cottage industry in hand-crafted jewellery, which helps to preserve traditional skills. Kenya is also a leader in renewable energy, with solar power being the main energy source at both the Tawi Game Lodge in Amboseli National Park and the Kilaguni Serena Lodge in Tsavo West. The latter features on Kuoni’s new Beach & Safari Journeys.

On safari

Solar power is also making an impact elsewhere in Africa. At the Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana, the large camp derives 20% of its energy from solar power. What’s more, many of its safari and river vehicles are fully electric or solar powered. If that wasn’t enough, the lodge is giving young women the chance to shine in a traditionally male-dominated career with their all-female safari guiding team.

To find out more about travelling to any of these destinations, call our personal travel experts on 0191 285 9321, email or pop by our store on Gosforth High Street for a coffee and a chat.

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