AITO: The Association of Independent Tour Operators

Members Practising Sustainable Tourism

Members Practising Sustainable Tourism
You can view each members' sustainable tourism projects under their own company listing. Here is an overview of some of the fantastic work going on in the UK and abroad by our members.

Renovating Schools for Sherpa villages where our staff live

We have close ties with the mountain communities where our staff live, and with our Moving Mountains NGO we build schools and employ teachers in the villages where they live.
The ethos is to share your business success with the community.

  • Building and upgrading classrooms, toilets, and providing water and power
  • This contributes to happy family life and develops strong community life and ultimately happy staff
  • Our volunteer programmes provide sustainable income for schools
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Investing in Schools and making them sustainable in Kenya

We combine investment from our Moving Mountains NGO with sustainable financial support from AA.
For schools we use tourism to provide long term funding and also logistical support and advice.
In 20 years we've seen amazing turnarounds.

  • We work with 'MM' to build new schools and facilities like water pumps, kitchens,. toilets, desks, chairs etc
  • We offer trips for people to help with the project.
  • Our volunteer programme provides long term financial support to the school
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Zanskar Bridge Project

Initiated by Mountain Kingdoms MD, Steve Berry, this unique project is building a rare Zanskari bridge of interwoven twigs, helping to keep ancient Zanskari traditions and culture alive. Email for further info.

  • Zanskar is a Tibetan Buddhist kingdom, just north of the main Himalayan range, in Ladakh, India.
  • Traditionally Ladakhi people depended on incredible woven twig bridges in order to cross the icy rivers.
  • 1st bridge has now been built
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Conservation Lower Zambezi

In 2009 we started a programme of regular donations to Conservation Lower Zambezi – an NGO which aims to reduce poaching and misuse of resources in Zambia's Lower Zambezi. These are ongoing, and to date have included:

  • 8 GPS devices for anti-poaching patrols.
  • 2 digital SLR cameras, for assisting CLZ's environmental education work.
  • An air-to-ground radio for use on anti-poaching patrols.
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Mamfabissa, South Africa

Mamfabissa is a small community in South Africa, not far from the famous Kruger Safari Park. In late 2012 we identified a group of serious vulnerable young children and have provided finding to help give them basic support and education.

  • It is early days but already the funds we have raised (around £2000) have started a programme of social care and education for a group of 75 children. It is a small part of a big problem but it is start and many thanks to our clients
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Morocco Schools

We are very proud to manage a programme to help Moroccan schools in the rural area south of Essaouira. In 2010 we became aware of a primary school that a lovely teacher and children but also holes in the roof and no toilet facilities.

  • We set up funding and managing a repair programme and September 2012 the school re-opened. We have now started on our second school. Thanks for all our clients for make this possible.
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Not just another carbon offset project in Borneo...

With our NGO Moving Mountains we contribute to planting 15,000 trees a year in Sarawak
Our clients can offset their flights of course, but if they don't the money is still committed.
We help the Penan people develop their tourism potential.

  • Set up a local co-operative for the Penan people for self-led project management.
  • Brought in experts to teach them forest enrichment skills.
  • Committed to paying for the seed collection.
  • Started bringing groups to assist and help with money.
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Running a Sustainable Office

We are based in a lovely office in rural Surrey, amidst woodland and rolling green fields - it really is quite idyllic! Reminded by our closeness to nature, we strive to run our office in an ‘environmentally friendly’ manner and always try to minimise our paper usage by corresponding with clients by phone and email.

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