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When creating impactful experiences and memories that last a lifetime for our clients, we also have a responsibility to minimise our impact on the planet and protect it for future generations. To be a force for good.

As we stride towards sustainability in our business, we are also sharing this mindset by educating our clients and partners on how they can also practice responsible travel. From creating inspiring content that encompasses sustainable initiatives, tips on travelling responsibly, and how you can support local communities when travelling (after all, many countries rely on tourism to strengthen their economies and help protect their natural habitats) to making positive changes closer to home by providing a supportive and rewarding work community.

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The driving force behind our responsible travel strategy is our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Ambassadors – a team of 10 members of staff who are passionately leading the business on its journey to a being recognised as a Travelife certified travel partner by the end of 2023 and becoming carbon neutral by 2026. They meet monthly to discuss initiatives across our four chosen pillars; People, Planet, Philanthropy and Wildlife which are closely aligned with our six chosen UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Travel doesn’t just broaden your horizons or give you that well-deserved break - global tourism brings enormous economic and employment value. Before the pandemic, travel and tourism accounted for 10.3% of global GDP (US$9.6 trillion), 10.3% of all jobs (333 million) and 1 in 4 of all jobs created across the world. It drives prosperity and positive social and environmental impact; helping protect landscapes, reduce pollution, save endangered animals, preserve traditions and providing unique opportunities to women, minorities and young people. In many parts of the world, it is tourism that supports the local communities, without the need of fundraising or aid.

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People

Our people are the beating heart of our company. As we grow and develop as a team, we are committed to investing in our staff, providing support systems, learning and development programmes and creating a respectful culture. From ‘Time To Talk’ Sessions to weekly fitness classes, our approach to staff wellness and healthy lifestyles aligns with our Good Health UN Goal; our opportunities for learning, communication and support also coincide with our Gender Equality UN Goal, with employee surveys, volunteer days, flexible working and a real living wage for all staff.

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Planet

As experts in luxury travel, we know that to explore the wonders of the world we must also protect them. To share the world with future generations, we have pledged to be carbon neutral by 2026. Striding towards our Climate Action UN Goal, we have introduced 12 new initiatives within the business to reduce our carbon footprint. These initiatives range from implementing a low energy use office environment, reducing our waste by 57% and surveying our portfolio of hotels to establish their sustainability practices and accreditation programmes.

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Philanthropy

Dedicated to building and supporting a network of Partnerships for Goals, each year we support and invest in local, national, and overseas causes. We have raised over £10,000 for our chosen charities which have been selected by staff: MIND, Chester Aid for the Homeless, and the Barbados Sea Turtles Project, as well as a Ukraine refugee fundraiser in March 2022. We aim to hold a minimum of 4 fundraising activities per year and encourage staff to use their volunteer day.

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Wildlife

At Elegant Resorts, we advocate for rewarding and meaningful experiences. And we want these to be positive for everyone involved, so we remain steadfast with high welfare standards, having developed our own wildlife policy that aligns with ABTA guidelines and our Life On Land and Life Below Water UN Goals. We actively discourage exploiting our co-inhabitants of the world, working with our trusted destination contacts to ensure audits are in place to safeguard wildlife. We inspire our clients to choose responsible experiences, such as Dolphin Tracking, joining a beach clean-up, or safely spotting endangered animals.

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Feefo Platinum Service Award 2024

We are proud to have been awarded the Feefo Platinum Service Award in 2024. This independent seal of excellence recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers.

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