Sustainable tourism at Club Voyages
At Club Voyages, with our employees and partners, environmental responsibility is an integral part of our company’s operations and we do our best to maximize tourism positive effects.
Our target milestones and priority actions include using resources in an optimal manner and reducing our consumption of paper, electricity and water; implementing more comprehensive recycling programs; making responsible, sustainable purchases; and ensuring the secure management of our electronic equipment until the end of its life-cycle. Using an annual green report, we measure everything we consume, recycle and dispose of.
Moreover, through Transat A.T. efforts, Club Voyages supports sustainable tourism projects at destination. These projects are helping to enhance the tourism potential of communities and regions, from a perspective of sustainable tourism development.
The will to do better!
Over the past 25 years, tourism in general, and international travel in particular, have experienced strong and steady growth.
The statistics speak volumes: with the number of people travelling to another country per year about to top one billion, and more than 200 million jobs in the world now directly or indirectly dependent on tourism, our industry is asserting itself as an economic force of prime importance.
Club Voyages, member of Transat A.T. Inc. is one of the largest integrated tourism companies in the world and the leader in Canada’s holiday travel industry. Our contribution to development is not expressed merely in economic terms. The desire to protect exceptional natural sites and habitats, and to preserve heritage (both tangible and intangible), the openness of different cultures to one another (though much remains to be done) and a worldwide consciousness, continually growing, that diversity and the environment merit our protection—all this originates at least in part from the fascination that we all feel for our planet and the people who live on it.
Perhaps, also, from this unfathomable sense, deep within each of us, of how fragile things are. The fact that tourism’s contributions to human affairs are impossible to measure takes nothing away from their importance. But it is part of the reason why its benefits often go unnoticed, especially in the so-called industrialized economies.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!
1. Don’t throw away recoverable articles. If you can, bring them back them to your place of residence to put them recycling.
2. Reuse bath towels supplied at your hotel, rather than having them laundered each day.
3. Avoid using plastic bags. Instead, bring your own fabric bags or a backpacks.
4. Try to use long-lasting dishes (glass, china). Otherwise, try reusing the same plastic or polystyrene dishes.
5. Store your toiletries (cream, oil, medicines) in small reusable or recyclable bottles.
6. Collect your waste when travelling until you find a garbage can.
7. Use new technologies like virtual boarding passes and the Internet to cut down on paper used. Ask to your travel adviser to send you your information by e-mail.
8. Switch off the lights and the electric devices when not in use, even at the hotel.
9. Use existing foot paths in wooded and natural areas to avoid causing damages to the fauna and flora.
10. Do not buy products made from endangered natural resources. Be aware of prohibited items for transport as well.
11. Don’t use disposable cameras if you can. Consider the advantages to get a digital camera.
12. Look for ecological options for transport, such as walking and cycling. Also think about using local public transportation system, it is a great way to meet the locals!
13. Eat locally produced food. By doing so, you will support the economy of the region and reduce the pollution needed for transportation of goods - due to the transportation of goods.
14. Before leaving, think of preparing your place of residence for your absence. Switch off the air-conditioner and disconnect devices which bustle in your everyday life (alarm clock, lamp …)