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Barbados: Blazing a Trail for Sustainable Travel

A popular destination drawing travelers from all around the world, the island of Barbados attracted 713,000 overnight visitors just prior to the pandemic. Its government recognizes that as a developing state it must do all it can to protect its inhabitants, natural resources, and endangered species against the climate crisis. We see in this film Barbados’s infectious commitment to sustainability! Barbadians – both citizens, residents, and newcomers who call it home – are keen to contribute positively, while mindfully enjoying what the island has to offer.

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Six Senses: Sustainability at its Heart

‘Climate change is the single most important threat to our society and planet’, explains David Arraya, General Manager of Six Senses Ibiza, and the company is doing all it can to reduce its carbon footprint across all properties. In this film, we hear stories from two resorts and learn all about the brand’s sustainability journey. For example, we hear about the one million plastic bottles saved a year in their quest to eliminate all single-use plastics by the end of 2022. And we see how renewable energy sources are being used to supply 10% of the property’s energy.

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Sonoma County: Sunshine

Sonoma County, California is working to achieve a 30% reduction in their vehicle fleet, promoting alternative forms of transport, and reducing the risk of fires and floods in a region where huge forest fires recently destroyed vineyards, homes and farmlands. The drive to save water, conserve energy, and prevent pollution is an effort to value and cherish a county that enjoys great sunshine, but is conscious of its effects in the long term and wants to open up to a better, more sustainable future.

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Coulibri Ridge: Achieving Resilient Off-Grid Luxury

A ground-breaking blueprint in the exquisite coastal mountains of Dominica. A vision successfully implemented by two people pioneering what could be done. Through research and passion, they sensitively built a high-end resort; 14 hotel suites and six pools. Living truly off-grid without compromise using only sun, wind and rain. Proving a marriage of technology and nature, initiating an ongoing pursuit of sustainability to help others build resilience to climate change.

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Vail: Nature’s Retreat

Since its incorporation in the 1960s, there’s been rapid change in the Town of Vail. The rise of tourism has led the community to consider what they can do to support the residents, the wildlife, and the creek. 

In this film, we learn about how caring the community is, and see how everyone is working together to reduce emissions and protect special species for generations to come.

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Sustainable Travel International & St Kitts: Empowering Local Communities

Since St. Kitts moved away from sugar production in the mid-2000’s, tourism became the top economic driver in the destination. As a small island developing state, St. Kitts is highly susceptible to both the positive and negative impacts of tourism. On the one hand, tourism brings a wealth of economic benefits to the island’s residents and communities. However, there is also a perpetual risk that careless tourism could damage the island’s fragile ecosystems and overburden local resources and infrastructure.

Recognizing that tourism presents both an opportunity and a threat to their environments and communities, St. Kitts placed sustainability at the core of their tourism strategy. This film explores how Sustainable Travel International has partnered with the St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism to raise local awareness around the importance of destination stewardship and engage stakeholders in sustainable practices.

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