RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

Being responsible in the way that we operate our holidays is very important to us here at Travel Inn. Travel Inn fully supports the principles of responsible travel and sustainable tourism and has been working hard to show that it is possible to provide an excellent quality service whilst being culturally sensitive and helpful to conserve the environment. However Responsible travel doesn't mean a compromise on the enjoyment of trip of your clients or the quality of their accommodation.
 
Travel Inn’s Responsible Tourism Policy

ECONOMIC RESPONSIBILITY
1.We ensure that the financial benefits of tourism are passed down throughout the entire company, including the office staff, guides, naturalists and the wildlife communities in which we work
.2.We use hotels and resorts at a destination whose drivers, guides and support staff have been selected and trained from local communities.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
1.We reduce paper wastage in our office by not producing any form of paper brochures. All communications are by email and paper mail is rarely sent or received. Our brochure is only printed when required (on average every 3-4 years), to eliminate excess wastage. We have reduced the need for paper in our office by the use of computer technology.
2.We have an ongoing training of our guides and naturalists to ensure high standards of environmental care and responsible behavior.
3.We have various office initiatives to reduce our impact on the environment and use of energy: we recycle all paper, wear thick jumpers in winter, use local suppliers whenever possible, encourage the use of public transport by staff, and strive for a paper-free office.
4.We undertake regular meetings to discuss Responsible Tourism and make sure that all staff are involved in the decision-making process and encouraged to contribute.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
1.We encourage our clients to act in a responsible manner. Our guides and naturalists are professionally qualified and have a great passion for their work. Not only will they tell you about the history of the places you will visit but they will also be able to tell you about the culture and the local traditions and superstitions.
2.We are particular and committed towards using hotels and resorts which follow environmental policy.
3.Our associate offices all across India employ local people and pay them a fair wage helping to put money into the local economy.
4.We contribute directly to many community projects as mentioned in our Initiatives mentioned below:

INITIATIVES
Over the years, we have realized that ecotourism constitutes an important part of any travel experience. With concern to our environment and its preservation we contribute to some of the conservation initiatives, a couple of which are listed below:


TRAVEL OPERATORS FOR TIGERS

Travel Inn endorsed the TOFT agreement in December 2006 and is proud to join this elite club for the noble cause of saving tigers. Started in the United Kingdom by some of the responsible Tour Operators, the Consortium has joined hands with Indian Wildlife Tour Operators and some of the wildlife resort/camp pwners in their endevour to save the tiger and its habitat.

 
SAY NO TO BEAR DANCING

This campaign to save the sloth bears in India has been initiated by the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in partnership with the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA). Travel Inn has joined hands with WTI for "Say No to Bear Dancing" campaign. We are taking up this project to extend the awareness support as a part of our ongoing Responsible Tourism Initiatives. We plan to do the following to spread the awareness about the conservation of sloth bears and take the campaign forward.
 
ADOPT A RARE BIRD

Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), in partnership with Birdlife International and the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB), have completed a 5-year research study and found that India has 465 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of which 198 are outside the protected areas. In Asia, 324 species of birds are listed as globally threatened. This is one-fourth of the globally threatened birds of the world and the study reveals that the destruction of habitats is most serious in the Asian region.

India alone has 8 critically endangered, 10 endangered, 57 vulnerable and 52 near threatened species. Action on almost a war footing is required to save specific species and their habitats. Hence to meet the dual objectives of bringing awareness and raising funds to action the conservation programme, BNHS has executed a campaign titled Adopt-A-Rare-Bird. Travel Inn has extended its support to this campaign and has adopted two rare species
Malabar Pied Hornbill and Nilgiri Laughing Thrush

 
NATURALIST TRAINING PROGRAMME

Travel Inn ran its first Naturalist Training Programme at Pench in the year 2005, which was attended by the naturalists employed at resorts as also by some local park naturalists.

The Park Naturalist Programme is designed to establish a pool of knowledgeable individuals that magnify the abilities of the Extension Service and others to deliver quality wildlife education programme. The programme is designed to familiarize participants with basic knowledge about the landscape, natural history and wildlife. Over a ten-day period, trainees are schooled in a wide range of topics that integrate information about the forested landscape (basic geology, geomorphology and hydrology), the habitats that make up the landscape, and the major groups of organisms that live within these habitats. The connections and interactions of habitats and organisms on broader regional and global scales are also addressed, along with key socially important issues regarding the environment, such as community and habitat conservation. The underlying theme of this training programme is that the habitats exist and function as integrated parts of the overall landscape. As such, this programme is largely habitat-based and focuses attention on the major habitat types that are spread across the country.

 
CHANGE FOR CHILDREN

Travel Inn in association with its travel partner, On the go, are helping to transform the lives of the underprivileged children of an adopted local school in a small village in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. In support of the local children in this village, On the go provides all its travelers to India with a special envelope in which to place all their unwanted foreign currency. This money is then put to work by purchasing clothing, educational supplies and other desperately needed items for underprivileged children in the care of this adopted school

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