Sustainability

Sustainability

Ciao Tours strives to ensure that our suppliers are environmentally and socially responsible. We also seek out local partners who share our vision to reduce tourist impact in their areas and are working toward further reducing our impact on the environment.

Our sustainability focus not only means that our travellers are able to undertake their holidays in a responsible manner, but it also inevitably ensures a warm welcome from local people who appreciate your respect for their traditions and environment. We are strong believers that tourism can and should be a win-win situation for both travellers and locals.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates that in 1950, 25 million tourists traveled internationally. Over 70 years later, this number has swelled to 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals per year—a 56-fold increase—and the numbers continue to grow.

Some stats from UN.org

Oceans cover three-quarters of the Earth’s surface, contain 97% of the Earth’s water, and represent 99% of the planet’s living space, by volume.
Oceans absorb about 30% of human-produced carbon dioxide, buffering the impacts of global warming.
The ocean has also absorbed more than 90% of the climate system’s excess heat.
Over 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods.
Marine fisheries directly or indirectly employ over 200 million people.
Coastal waters are deteriorating due to pollution and eutrophication. Without concerted mitigation efforts, coastal eutrophication is expected to increase in 20% of large marine ecosystems by 2050.
Roughly 80% of marine and coastal pollution originates on land, including agricultural run-off, pesticides, plastics, and untreated sewage.
Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year

Trees absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen that we need to breathe. They also reduce the amount of storm water runoff, which diminishes erosion and pollution in our waterways and may reduce the effects of flooding. Many species of wildlife depend on trees for habitat—they provide food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals. Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. Forests provide jobs for over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines. Have you ever taken an aspirin? It comes from the bark of a tree!

What can you do?

Consider carbon-offset programs—plant a tree.
Travel off-peak or off the beaten path to reduce congestion and support local businesses when they are less busy.
Donate to local initiatives that help your travel destination.
Bring your own reusable bottle for water.

Charities we Support

Sustainability

Ciao Tours strives to ensure that our suppliers are Environmentally & Socially responsible. We also seek out local partners who share our vision to reduce impact on local areas and are working towards further reducing our impact on the environment.

This not only means that our travellers are able to undertake their holiday in a responsible manner but also inevitably means a warm welcome from local people whose traditions and environment are being respected. We are strong believers in the fact that tourism can and should be a win-win situation for both travellers and locals alike.