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Audley Travel Sustainability

Audley Travel

Our sustainable Tourism Vision

Travel the Right Way

Responsible travel is part of Audley’s DNA. Since the beginning, we’ve strived to work with local people and businesses in our destinations. Not only do we feel this gives you the best experience, it also brings benefits to local communities. As a result, local people are motivated to preserve what attracts visitors, be it their culture, wildlife or environment. Conversely, we actively avoid ‘tourist traps’.

There’s plenty you can do on your trip to travel the right way, from recycling to being aware of cultural sensitivities, as well as acting as our ‘eyes and ears’ for the great, and not so great.

Our Commitment: We believe it’s our responsibility to help you travel the right way. We do this through collaboration with the people we work closely with across the world, with leaders in the sustainability community and with the passionate staff at Audley.

Sustainable Tourism Projects from Audley Travel

Complete the requirements to achieve a Travelife Partnership at the end of 2019.

In 2019 Audley Travel pledged to work towards completing our Travelife Partner accreditation by January 2020. We chose this pledge because we are dedicated to making travel more sustainable and it is something that could support us in doing so. In 2019 we were able to free up some resources, appoint a Responsible Travel and Sustainability manager, and we were successfully completed this accreditation by January 27th 2020.

Travelife has helped us improve our social, economic and environmental impacts. We’ve worked hard to meet their strict criteria including but not limited to a comprehensive Sustainability, Animal Welfare and Child Welfare policy. In total we were assessed on over 100 different measures. The changes we have made will impact the way we operate as a business; the way we advise clients and the way we work with our suppliers.

It’s been really inspiring to see the business come together to make this Partnership possible. The support around the company was incredible. Despite how busy the departments where as soon as they were approached about our efforts to be more sustainable, they carved out the time to dedicate the resources needed to meet the requirements to achieve the Travelife partnership.

The most exciting moment has been the final approval of our partnership and working on a communication plan. Everyone in the company worked hard to adjust the way they work to achieve this and being able to celebrate with everyone has been the best part.

Reviewing policies can be very daunting. There are so many people involved and it’s hard to know how far to push that will make a difference, but also not feel impossible. Mapping out how we can continue to improve and hold people accountable our policies will continue to be a focus.
Rather than seeing this as the end of our journey we see it more as a big step in the right direction. As we uphold the standards of Travelife year to year we will continue to look for opportunities to learn and implement best practiced shared around the world