Independent specialist tour operator, Corsican Places is pleased to be supporting Make Holidays Greener Month – a consumer awareness campaign running throughout July, set up by The Travel Foundation. The aim of the campaign is to engage travellers with the concept of ‘greener’ holidays, which help to protect the environment and benefit local people in tourist destinations.
In partnership with the Tourism Industry Carbon Offset Service (TICOS) and with the support of its customers, suppliers and staff, Corsican Places will be making its charter flights* to Corsica throughout the month of July carbon neutral. DEFRA industry standards have been used to calculate the funds required to offset the flights. The money will be raised from Corsican Places’ ongoing carbon offset ‘opt in’ payment of £3 per person, with directors of the company and Titan Airways agreeing to underwrite any additional costs required to meet the total.
Corsican Places will allocate the carbon offset funds raised during the month of July to a new reforestation project in Southern Corsica, organised through the Office National des Forêts. As forest fires can thwart the Corsican landscape throughout the summer, reforestation is vital for the replenishment of Corsica’s forests and to sustain the eco-systems of the island.
Corsican Places responsible tourism manager, Katie Bushnell comments: “Corsican Places is accredited with 5 star sustainable tourism status, the highest level possible, by the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) for its policies and practices. Until now however, carbon offset donations across the Serenity Holidays travel companies have all supported green and social initiatives within West Africa**. This is an exciting turning point to show more tangible support directly to the island of Corsica. We endeavour to make this reforestation project an ongoing carbon offset practice for Corsican Places.”
Corsican Places produced a Make Holidays Greener Month leaflet, which has been included in the ticket wallets of those travelling with the tour operator this July. The campaign’s main focus is to challenge customers to do just one thing during their holiday that will help benefit local people and protect the environment. The Travel Foundation believes that this leads to a more enriched, unique and memorable holiday experience as a result.
The Corsican Places leaflet inspires customers to make their holidays greener by presenting lots of ideas by which they can explore the ‘Authentic & Unspoilt’ character of Corsica. Titan Airways, operating two of the charter flights, has also pledged its support to the campaign. An announcement will be made aboard the aircraft, with an extra collection opportunity available on embarking the aircraft once arriving back in the UK.
A Make Holidays Greener ‘Green Competition’ has been launched by Corsican Places to complement July’s proceedings. Those travelling with the tour operator during July 2012 are invited to submit an entry detailing how their holiday personally embraced either ‘Green’ or ‘Authentic’ Corsica. Entries can be in the form of a letter / photos / children’s colourings or film footage. All entries will be put into a prize draw to win a £250 voucher to use against a future holiday with Corsican Places, or another travel company within the Serenity Holidays group.
For more information about Corsican Places Make Holidays Greener Month visit www.corsica.co.uk/st
This July***, Corsican Places offers 7 night holidays from £499 per person. This price is based on two sharing a double room with breakfast at the 2* Hotel Cyrnéa in Calvi Town and includes return flights from Stansted or Manchester to Calvi, taxes and transfers, and results in a saving of £215pp from brochure price.
Sue Hurdle, chief executive of the Travel Foundation, says: “Make Holidays Greener is all about the small things we can do to make our holidays better for the places we visit and the people who live there, as well as having a great time. We’re very pleased Corsican Places is spreading this message to its customers and making this summer’s holidays the greenest ever.”
For more information on holidays to Corsica, call Corsican Places Reservations Department on 0845 330 2113 or visit www.corsica.co.uk
* Corsican Places offers the widest range of villas, apartments and hotels across the island of Corsica. For 2012, Corsican Places will offer three direct flight routes to Corsica from the UK:
London Stansted – Calvi, North West Corsica with Titan Airways
London Stansted – Figari, Southern Corsica with Titan Airways
Manchester – Calvi, North West Corsica with Flybe (New for 2012)
** Serenity Holidays Ltd has three West African destinations within its collection, its flagship travel company being The Gambia Experience, which has developed its own School Development Fund, collaborated on a Carbon Offset Tree Planting Project and more recently worked with Dick Sisman to establish a Gambia Community Stove Initiative.
*** Valid for departures 1st, 8th or 15th of July.
Corsican Places PR Contact: Corsican Places pr manager Jenny Adams on 0845 330 2077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Corsican Places Ltd is a fully bonded operator and member of ABTA, IATA & AITO.
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Tel: 0117 9273 049
Titan Airways PR Contact: Alison Chambers/ Jane Stanbury
Telephone: 01420 560094
TICOS contact: Corsican Places sustainable tourism advisor, Dick Sisman