At Austravel, as part of our commitment to promote responsible tourism, we have made it our mission to help protect the environment and the people in those destinations you travel to with us.
- We Care
- Our Vision
- You Can Help Too
- Sustainable Forestry
- World Heritage Sites and National Parks
- Maori Tourism
- Green Globe Certification
- Conservation Experience
- Aboriginal Tourism
Our focus has always been on providing value for money, quality holidays in some of the most beautiful countries around the world and, like you, we care about the people and places we see on our travels.
We are proud to be part of TUI Travel PLC who believe we should enable people to explore and enjoy the world without harming it based on a commitment to sustainable development. Whilst we acknowledge we have a long way to go on this journey, we recognise that the success of our business goes hand in hand with the way we treat our environment and people in our destinations.
We believe that we should all try to give something back, as well as taking away some incredible memories. Here are some things that you can do too, to make a positive difference:
- Wherever possible, we will take you to local markets and restaurants where you can support the local economy by buying local.
- Be sensitive to the customs and traditions of the local people.
- Respect habitats and the natural behaviour of the wildlife.
- Do not buy products made from endangered species.
- Save water & energy - take a shower rather than a bath, re-use towels, and turn off air-conditioning and lights when you leave your room.
- Donate a pound to the World Care Fund which supports environmental and community projects around the world.
The papers for our brochures are made from trees grown in forests managed in a sustainable way. The logging and manufacturing processes conform. to the environmental regulation of the country of origin.
As New Zealand’s official mark of quality for tourism, all businesses that have a Qualmark are assessed on their environmental performance. This is included in minimum requirements and recognises businesses for initiatives in energy, waste, water, conservation and community. This is part of the New Zealand tourism’s commitment to looking after New Zealand for future generations to continue to enjoy. Minimum requirements include basic environment practices and completing an environmental practices and completing an environmental review of the business. Those businesses that are performing at the top levels will be engaging in activities that include:
- Energy efficiency
- Conservation initiatives
- Waste management
- Community activities
- Water conservation
In November 2008, New Zealand won the award for Most Responsible Tourism at the World Travel Market awards in London for its continued commitment to responsible tourism. For more information on how New Zealand continues to act on enviromental issues, please go to responsibletourism.co.nz look out for the logo against some of our hotels and tours in the brochure.
There are more than a thousand National Parks in Australia, with world standard measures in place to protect them; all are cared for by rangers, and are well marked. There are seventeen World Heritage Sites including the Sydney Opera House, Fraser Island, the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness. See austravel.com for a full list.
Three areas of New Zealand have been awarded prestigious UNESCO World Heritage status:
- New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands (you can take a cruise here, ask your Travel Designer for details)
- Te Wahipounamu - comprised of four of New Zealand’s most important National Parks: Westland National Park, Mt Aspiring National Park, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and Fiordland National Park
- Tongariro National Park
What makes Aotearoa-New Zealand unique in the world of travel is its Maori culture. New Zealand has spectacular scenery, but it is the Maori culture that gives this country its special flavour. The Maori, in New Zealand exert their robust influence on everyday life and hold to their cultural traditions probably more than anywhere else in the world. You can get an insight into the culture on many of our specially selected tours, don’t miss a Hangi in Rotorua, or an informative walk around Auckland or Kaikoura to give you a flavour of this amazing ancient culture and unique sense of humour that makes New Zealand so special!
Green Globe is the leading green certification for the travel and tourism industry and its supply chain worldwide. Only businesses awarded the Green Globe seal can claim to be independently recognized as sustainable. Green Globe Certification is an efficient and paperless process, verified by accredited third-party auditors.
This coveted worldwide benchmark and certification programme has been awarded to some hotels in Australia as a result of consistently attaining the highest standards in environmental responsiveness. Look out for the logo in the brochure.
Conservation Experience is an amazing way to enjoy the beautiful Australian environment while making a contribution to its practical conservation. You volunteer as part of a team and get to meet people from across Australia and the world. The types of projects you can assist include: tree planting, erosion and salinity control, seed collection, construction and maintenance of walking tracks, endangered flora and fauna surveys and monitoring, weed control, habitat restoration and heritage protection.
Many of our tours give you an insight into the ancient world of the Aboriginal Culture, we are very careful to work with guides and operators that support various projects in the areas that you visit, so you can learn about this fascinating culture but at the same time know you are supporting a good cause.