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.
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.
Paying it “fore-ward
For golf enthusiasts, volunteer opportunities at theAT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (February) andPURE Insurance Championship(September) are a great way to combine their love of the game with giving back. In the 2017/18 fiscal year alone, volunteers made it possible for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to raise $13.2 million for local nonprofit organizations through the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. Beyond the altruistic aspect, volunteers enjoy considerable perks, including volunteer parties, badges to access the tournaments when they’re not working, and in the case of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, two complimentary weekly tournament passes to one of the most prestigious events on the PGA Tour.
For the love of loggerheads
in conclusion, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spatakes its responsibility to the local eco-system seriously. Especially and in particular protecting Florida’s sea turtle population. The all-suite resort offers three initiatives. All that benefit the nearby Loggerhead Marine Life Center. The first is a Little Loggerhead overnight package. One that features participation in the center’s Adopt a Sea Turtle program, a private tour, and a percentage of proceeds donated to the center. The resort’s SiSpa donates 10 percent of sales from a 50-minute Signature Massage or Signature Facial to the Loggerhead Marine Life Center. That’s through itsFor the Love of the Si Turtlesprogram. And finally, plush turtles in each guest suite are available for purchase. Again and similarly with a percentage of sales going to the center.
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