Collette Shows “Tourism Cares” Locally and Globally
Collette has launched an “impact travel program,” as part of the organization’s commitment to social responsibility in both its own communities and the destinations to which its guests travel.
Twenty guests just returned from the inaugural South Africa Impact Tour – Travel with Heart, a 13 day experience that blends traditional sightseeing with giving back to local communities. Guests volunteered with local programs dedicated to improving the lives of children in the South Africa community, including a day working on educational programs and building projects with Knysna Education Trust; distribution of Hippo Rollers in a local community to improve access to fresh water, and helping the Pebbles Project to decorate classrooms and prepare lunches.
“It is our passion to give back, connecting travelers to diverse cultures and making a positive impact on the world that surrounds us,” said John Sutherland, Manager of Corporate Responsibility. “Our guests will experience the best of both worlds on these tours by seeing the beauty in the destination while engaging in volunteer work to give back to the local community.”
During the 2018-2019 travel season, Collette will offer additional impact tours in South Africa and Costa Rica.
As part of the tourism industry’s “Tourism Cares” initiative, Collette’s strategic leadership team and CSR team also recently volunteered to beautify and restore tourist attractions around Providence on September 15. Collette is a lead sponsor of the initiative, and its project was one of over 180 projects that are taking place this year across North America for “2017: City Tourism.” More info