Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.
As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.
We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.
What we do
Supporting and involving local people
- We recruit and involve local people wherever possible.
- We support and prefer to work directly with local businesses, services and individuals.
- Our supplies and equipment are purchased locally wherever possible.
- We aim to work and treat the traveller, local communities and businesses in a fair and just manner.
- We aim to work with partners who operate their own local initiatives.
- Small, family-run establishments make up a high percentage of the accommodation we use.
- Where it is practical but not intrusive we stay as guests of local families.
To help fund by donating to ClimateCare projects or to find out more about ClimateCare’s low carbon technology projects visit their website at www.climatecare.org
The Rainforest Alliance
Imaginative Traveller has recently signed a contract with the Rainforest Alliance to work on responsible tourism practices with our Latin America suppliers.
The Rainforest Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation that works to conserve the environment and promote sustainable and ethical practices in a number of different industries across the World. One of the industries they are working in is tourism throughout Latin America.
They provide training and technical assistance to help local operators and hotels implement best practices and encourage them to seek certification from one of the organisations part of the Sustainable Tourism Certification Network of the Americas.
We have signed up to work with them to encourage and motivate our local suppliers. Some of our local operators are already working with the Rainforest Alliance and in this instance our contract with them is simply reinforcing our commitment to responsible travel and demonstrating that it is of the utmost importance to us. For those operators who have not yet agreed to work with them; they will be contacted and encouraged to work on sustainable tourism practices. The aim is that at least 50% of our local partners will sign up but preferably more! The Rainforest Alliance will then also work through them with local hotels/lodges, effectively greening through the supply chain .
We are very pleased to work with the Rainforest Alliance and further demonstrate our longstanding commitment to sustainable tourism. We hope that this will allow us to do even more in Latin America and help responsible travel become an even more accepted and practiced means of holidaying.
If you would like to know more about Rainforest Alliance please visit their website www.rainforest-alliance.org
The Travel Foundation
The Travel Foundation are an independent UK charity working to promote
sustainable tourism throughout the travel industry. They aim to encourage
understanding of responsible travel and also work on their own community
and environmental initiatives worldwide.
Imaginative Traveller is demonstrating our support for the charity by working with them on a number of their worldwide projects. We are currently enlisting the help of our local suppliers and ground handlers in East Africa, Morocco and Sri Lanka to support some of the many initiatives the charity has in place. You will find details of the projects within our tour trip notes.
If you would like to know more about The Travel Foundation or would like to make a donation in support of their work please visit their website www.thetravelfoundation.org.uk