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
- Ecotourism Australia
- World Heritage sites and national parks
- Conservation experience
- Aboriginal tourism
- Maori 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 Travelopia Group, a group of travel brands 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.
You can help too
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 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 and 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 paper we use for our brochures is 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.
Australia operates an eco certification program which has set the standard for best practice with operators and properties around the world. It addresses the need to identify genuine ecotourism and nature tourism operators in Australia. We have selected a number of products and properties that either protect the environment or offer social and economic benefits to the local communities. We believe that it is still possible to combine good ethics with style, comfort and character, or memorable experiences. If you're interested in what eco properties and tours we offer, please talk to our Travel Designers when planning your trip. For more information about the different types of eco certification, please visit ecotourism.org.au.
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 previous years, New Zealand won the award for 'Most Responsible Tourism' at the World Travel Market awards in London for its continued commitment to responsible tourism. If you're interested in New Zealand's eco properties and tours, please talk to our Travel Designers when planning your holiday. For more information on how New Zealand continues to act on environmental issues, please visit qualmark.co.nz.
World Heritage sites and national parks
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.
Three areas of New Zealand have also been awarded prestigious UNESCO World Heritage status. These include New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands (you can take a cruise here, just ask your Travel Designer for details), the world-famous Tongariro National Park and Te Wahipounamu which is comprised of four of New Zealand’s most important national parks - Westland National Park, Mount Aspiring National Park, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and Fiordland National Park.
The Conservation Experience
The 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 with 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 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.
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 uphold their cultural traditions probably more so 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 feast in Rotorua, or an informative walk around Auckland or Kaikoura to give you a flavour of this amazing ancient culture. Plus it's their unique sense of humour that makes New Zealand so special!