With Earth Month and National Volunteer Month both occurring in April, responsible tourism is a natural focus. Places like Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island or AT&T Pebble Beach are doing things to make an impact on our earth. And travelers who want to make a positive impact in the places they visit will find plenty of opportunities. All thanks to forward-thinking initiatives by travel and tourism providers like those we’ve highlighted here:
Team-building through volunteerism
“Doing good” doesn’t just benefit those on the receiving end. For it also builds bonds between those who volunteer. Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa has launched a program that combines giving back with team building activities. That’s for groups holding meetings and events at the resort.
Groups can choose Chef for a Day, preparing meals for Quantum House. Quantum House accommodates families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for serious medical conditions. So Build a House in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Also or Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful with a beach clean-up.
A day of “shear” fun for a better food future.
A popular draw for visitors to New York’s Westchester County, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture is a farm laboratory devoted to creating a healthier food future through education and innovative farming techniques. The center’s annual fundraiser, Sheep Shearing Fest, returns April 27 for a day of family-friendly fun benefiting the center’s initiatives. Guests can interact with farmers as they demonstrate sheep shearings. To learn to card, comb, spin and weave wool; dance around a Maypole. Also and help herd the sheep back to pasture. Live music, crafts and seasonal fare round out the event.
More sustainable flights
So Lufthansa Group is elevating its eco-cred with its latest order of 40 long-haul aircraft. That’s an investment in cutting-edge technology. Tech reducing the company’s CO2 emissions 25%. Slated for delivery between late 2022 and 2027, the new Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350-900 aircraft are the most fuel-efficient in their class. Thereby consuming as little as 2.9 liters of kerosene per passenger and 100 kilometers flown.
Unclaimed baggage—reclaimed for good
Every day, as many as 7,000 unclaimed luggage items that airlines have not been able to reunite with owners arrive at Unclaimed Baggage Center.
It’s a one-of-a-kind retail experience in Scottsboro, Ala. that draws one million visitors a year. And shoppers can feel good about so much more than the great bargains they’ll find here—in the sorting process to determine which items make it to the store’s floor. So almost one-third are re-routed to people in need through UBC’s Reclaimed for Good initiative. Since 1970, Reclaimed for Good has steered millions of dollars’ worth of clothes, medical supplies and equipment to charities ranging from Salvation Army to Samaritan’s Purse; supplied hundreds of thousands of people with eyeglasses; and helped rebuild thousands of damaged wheelchairs for disabled adults and children. In addition, its Love Luggage program provides hand-painted suitcases to children moving to new foster homes.