From protecting the nesting habitats of endangered sea turtles to preserving cherished cultural heritage sites, travel philanthropy funds such as the Heart of St. Kitts Foundation have the power to create real, tangible impact at the local level. But this progress doesn’t just happen on its own or because of the isolated efforts of a few people. The potential of travel philanthropy funds to make a difference instead relies on the support and participation of the local community as a whole. It doesn’t matter whether a person is a hotel owner, tour guide, environmental specialist, government official, school student, or artist – each and every destination resident can play a role in growing this collective impact.
We’re thrilled to share that Sustainable Travel International is a proud partner of the VERGE Hawaii: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, hosted by GreenBiz and coming up from June 20-22 in Honolulu. We invite you to join us for this groundbreaking conference which will bring together more than 800 leaders from government, military, utilities, global corporations, energy producers and other solution providers to accelerate the sustainable, clean energy future in Hawaii and worldwide.
The Sustainable Travel International team recently visited Aruba to present the results of the rapid destination diagnostic and meet with local stakeholders to map out a more sustainable future for the tourism industry
By Issa Torres, Director of Global Programs | Header image by David Kirsch / flickr
For many children, going to school means sitting in a dull classroom, eyes glazed over, watching the clock until it’s time to go home. While this may be an everyday experience for some children, if you step inside a school in St. Kitts, you will quickly realize that this is not always the case. Primary schools in St. Kitts are a constant flurry of activity. Shouts and laughter can be heard filling the campuses as the children are overcome with the excitement and joy of learning. This enthusiasm is contagious, both inside the school walls and out.
Located in Chilean Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park is considered by many as the 8th wonder of the world. This will come as no surprise to those adventurers who have been lucky enough to gaze upon the park’s jagged peaks and turquoise lakes.Of course, where natural beauty and adventure abound, people often do too. In the last four years alone, park visitation doubled, and in 2016 reached a historic record of 252,000. Unfortunately, Torres del Paine’s soaring popularity has also been accompanied by an increase in man-made forest fires. Since 1985, the park has lost one-fifth of its 242,000 hectares to fires, all of which were started by tourists. These fires devastated native Lenga tree forests and the habitats of already endangered species.
We are planning an ambitious new project to reduce the amount of food that is wasted in hotels under the United Nations’ 10 year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP). This flagship project will be supported by UNEP, the 10 YFP Secretariat, and UNWTO the lead for the 10 YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme and will be delivered by a partnership consortium including the Travel Foundation, WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) and Sustainable Travel international.
By joining our 10 Million Better campaign, you will be helping to chart the course for a new direction in the travel and tourism industry, one that leads to clean beaches, forests and parks; that fosters local economic development and that results in the protection and longevity of cultural traditions and architectural treasures.