SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL

 

Back-Roads has been accredited with a Silver Award by the Green Tourism Business Scheme. This certification reflects Back-Roads' committment to reducing our carbon footprint, both on the road and in the office and working with local hoteliers, attractions and restaurants to promote green tourism and support of local businesses.

 

Our Green Tourism Policy:

 

Back-Roads Touring Co. Ltd. are currently working with local tourism authorities and communities to develop a long-term plan to sustain local tourism which will help protect local economies from the negative impact of tourism, instead encouraging local development and growth.

 

All tourism has the potential to offer both positive and negative impacts on the local region. Keeping our tours small, with a maximum of 16 passengers per group, is part of our commitment to sustainable tourism and firmly entrenched in our travel philosophy. We believe it is important that we are able to assess the Back-Roads and local villages to take our clients to those regions that may not otherwise reap the benefits from tourism.

When developing our tour itineraries it is our intention to offer a balance between visiting well known sites, as well as attractions and villages off the tourist trail. This spreads the benefits of tourism to more remote communities which will overall benefit the region. In addition to getting away from the tourist façade we also travel in mini-coaches that carry a maximum of 16 passengers. These vehicles are unbranded, an important part of our approach to touring. We want our clients to mingle with the locals, rather than taking over and causing havoc. This not only provides a more authentic experience of local life, it also ensures a more harmonious relationship with those local communities which in turn assist in the overall growth in tourism in a positive manner.

 

All our guides are locals to the Back-Roads. It is a criterion that our guides are knowledgeable about the locality we travel in to offer interesting insights into the local history, culture and customs. This both encourages greater understanding and knowledge, it also ensures the promotion of local culture and diversity.

 

As we develop and plan our future touring program, we will continue to think locally and focus on regional touring away from the masses so that we offer meaningful, enjoyable and fascinating touring experiences that are sustainable and offer positive ripple effects to local communities. We want to leave areas as we have found them, and part of our environmental committment is to encourage our passengers to recycle wherever possible and ensure we take all litter with us. We try and utilise smaller hotels which have an environmental committment, whether this be to encourage water conservation, as well as buying local produce. We are taking small steps to make a difference, and hope that you, our travelling clients will help support our efforts to think local and help sustain local tourism. By choosing a touring company rather than self-drive holiday, you are already helping reduce your carbon footprint by about 60% (as compared with 2 passengers driving).

 

Environmental and Social Responsibility Policy

Back-Roads are committed to working towards sustainable tourism. Steps we are taking in order to achieve this include:

• We recycle and promote green practices in our offices

• We encourage all passengers to refrain from littering whilst on tour to help protect our countryside

• We support local communities by introducing clients to those areas away from the tourist masses, where they may stay in local accommodations and eat local produce

• We endeavour to work with suppliers, including attractions and accommodation providers, who have a similar environmental attitude

• Our guides do not partake in commission stops, all recommendations are genuine so we may assist our clients in buying locally and supporting regional communities

• We are members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme

• We are continuously looking for ways in which we can reduce our carbon emissions by monitoring our fuel consumption whilst on tour

• Our office has been assessed for its carbon output and recommendations are being implemented

• We work with suppliers who are also members of the Green Tourism scheme