What is Responsible Travel?
The world is waking up to the need for more sustainable ways of travelling, and here at the APT Travel Group (ATG) we understand we have a responsibility to our planet. Responsible travel is all about being socially and culturally aware, minimising our environmental footprint and travelling in a way that takes into consideration the locals, environment and individual cultures. We encourage this sustainable way of travel through journeys with the ATG companies of APT, Travelmarvel, TravelGlo, Captain’s Choice and Botanica World Discoveries.
Our Responsible Travel CommitmentsATG cares about giving its guests unforgettable journeys – ones that benefit everyone involved. We endorse various initiatives across the company, working together so you can travel with the assurance that the places you visit are impacted positively. Below is a snapshot of the various initiatives we are running.
OneTomorrow Charitable Fund
By forming OneTomorrow, a not-for-profit initiative of the APT Travel group, we are taking the necessary steps towards responsible travel, continually finding ways to move closer to the ultimate goal of sustainability. Through guest and workplace giving programs, and a range of fundraising efforts, we are collectively working to help people and places around the world.
Respecting Local Cultures
Throughout journeys with the APT Travel Group, we place a heavy importance on respecting the rights, history, culture and dignity of local and Indigenous people, wherever we go. Encountering local cultures is often the highlight of travelling the world, and it’s important as visitors that we honour them.
Supporting Indigenous Communities in the Kimberley
APT has been leading the way in touring to the Kimberley for a significant time, offering tours that have minimal impact on the natural environment. APT are the only major tour operator to have Advanced Eco-Certification in the Kimberley.
We’ve reduced the amount of paper used company-wide, choosing to go digital wherever possible. We envision a future where guests on tour with the APT Travel Group will be able to opt to receive their travel documents electronically. When you choose to go paper-free, the OneTomorrow Charitable Fund will plant a tree in a bushfire-stricken community. This way, we can help support a more sustainable future.
Progress so far
- OneTomorrow recently made a $12,000 donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to aid mental health services.
- In July 2020, OneTomorrow made an emergency grant of $15,000 to Opportunities of Development Thru Art (ODA) in Cambodia.
- In May 2020, OneTomorrow made a $20,000 donation to Rural Aid.
- In support of bushfire relief, staff fundraising events were held on 15th January 2020. These included a second-hand clothing recycle boutique, a sausage sizzle lunch, raffle prizes and gold coin donations. $10,100 was raised in just a single day, thanks to the generosity of staff donations and the matched OneTomorrow funding.