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TreadRight & TTC Continue to Take on Plastics

The TreadRight Foundation, with its close ties to its partners and annual funding sources, The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, continues its active push back against single-use plastics this year. To highlight its respect and recognition for Earth Month, TTC recently announced that, from the beginning of its 2019 operating season, its brands – Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold, CostSaver, Brendan Vacations, Contiki, AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys – will no longer make available single-use plastic bottles on its coaches. These brands join sister companies Uniworld, Red Carnation Hotels and U River Cruises, which have already removed plastic water bottles from their operations previously. With single-use plastic water bottles no longer being made available on its coaches, TTC and TreadRight maintain their combined momentum on its unnecessary single-use plastics elimination initiative, announced in June last year. (TTC committed publically to eliminating all non-essential single-use plastics across all operations by 2022, across all of its brands.) This latest initiative is expected to reduce plastic waste by several hundred thousand plastic bottles per year. “Our passionate, caring global team is unified in its total commitment to our mission to make travel matter. This means changing a number of ways we’ve operated in the past. This announcement marks an important next step in fulfilling our pledge to eliminate all non-essential single-use plastics across our all our operations by 2022,” says Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, TTC and founder of The TreadRight Foundation. “We are working with our partners on the ground to make sure guests still have access to clean drinking water and will be identifying convenient points along the way they can safely and responsibly source drinking water. We will also be continuing our active efforts to find innovative ways to remove the few remaining single-use plastics throughout our organization’s hotel properties, such as shampoo and body lotion plastic bottles.” In addition to announcing that single-use plastic water bottles will no longer be available for purchase on all coaches, TTC brands Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold, CostSaver, AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys will be eliminating several hundred thousand pieces of single-use plastics from their operations by moving away from the use of non-biodegradable name tags for all guests on their trips. Further, these brands are also replacing single-use plastic luggage tags with reusable, durable luggage tags. Contiki is also trialing a very innovative, long-lasting silicon one liter water bottle, with a 300-use charcoal filter, on a number of its trips this year around the world. This provides the traveler with a very usable, foldable and attractive water bottle, which ensures clean, safe drinking water at all times. Learnings from this year’s trial will then be shared with other TTC brands, as the long-term goal is to ensure all travelers have a refillable water bottle they carry with them at all times, ensuring they change their habits and dependency on plastic water bottles. Red Carnation Hotels, a long-standing supporter of the removal of single-use plastics across all of their 17 (soon to be 20) luxury hotels, has banned single use plastic water bottles in addition to more than 20 everyday plastic convenience items from all properties for some time now. As has Uniworld onboard its ships for several years now. Further underscoring the importance of the need to eliminate single-use plastics from their daily lives and create a more sustainable travel industry, TTC teams around the world will be mobilizing all Earth Month long for community clean-ups, sustainability education seminars, and volunteer projects. The TreadRight Foundation will also be helping travellers explore more sustainably and make their travel matter with a series of videos providing tips on eliminating plastics and conserving water when travelling, as well as the Do’s and Don’ts for travellers interacting with animals. The video series will be released in the week leading up to Earth Day on Sunday, April 22.

Our Story

2008

  • The Travel Corporation Conservation Foundation (TTC-CF) is launched

2009

  • TTC–CF partners with Conservation International, Venice in Peril, The Travel Foundation; Oceana, with project support from The Travel Corporation

2010

  • TTC-CF partners with the University of Glasgow; The National Trust; the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR Leaders), with project support from Insight Vacations, Trafalgar and Contiki

2011

  • TTC-CF, in partnership with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises; The Travel Foundation, launches ‘Environmental Sustainability for River Cruising: A Guide to Best Practice’
  • TTC-CF hires first full time Program Director

2012

  • TTC-CF becomes The TreadRight Foundation, launches www.treadright.org
  • TreadRight partners with Contiki; MAR Leaders on Contiki Storytellers – Mexico

2013

  • The Travel Corporation (TTC) adopts a six-year Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy
  • TreadRight partners with Contiki & Shark Savers on Contiki Storytellers – Galapagos
  • TreadRight hires Marketing Manager

2014

  • TreadRight partners with Contiki; the Sea Turtle Conservancy on Contiki Storytellers – Costa Rica
  • TreadRight becomes a Founding Sponsor of National Geographic Travelers World Legacy Awards
  • TreadRight and AAT Kings partner with Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors
  • TreadRight launches its Wildlife Initiative with WildAid and the Wilderness Foundation
  • TreadRight launches its Heritage Initiative with the Artisan Alliance supporting artisan projects in Peru, Italy and Greece
  • The Travel Corporation hires its first CSR Manager

2015

  • TreadRight & TTC launch a partnership with WE charity
  • The Travel Corporation donates $1 for every booking across its family of brands on Earth Day to the Wilderness Foundation – Africa
  • TreadRight & Uniworld partner with Just A Drop
  • TTC develops wildlife friendly tourism training for all global operations teams
  • TreadRight adds Wildlife SOS India to its Wildlife partners

2016

  • TreadRight & AAT Kings launch appeal to save the Tasmanian Devil
  • TreadRight celebrates indigenous communities by partnering with Manitobah Mukluks’ Storyboot School project in Toronto, Canada
  • TreadRight releases series of videos celebrating Red Carnation Hotels sustainability efforts in South Africa
  • TreadRight wins the Pacific Asia Tourism Association Gold Award for its Corporate Environmental Program

2017

  • TTC becomes a Diamond Sponsor of the UN 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism For Development
  • TreadRight launches its Ethical Elephant Experiences guide for Earth Month
  • TTC introduces its E-docs initiative in partnership with One Tree Planted
  • TreadRight begins providing carbon offsetting options for TTC guests

2018

  • TreadRight celebrates its 10th anniversary by introducing the #MakeTravelMatter motto and unveils the three pillars of TreadRight: People, Wildlife, and the Planet.
  • TreadRight partners with We Charity to deliver clean water in areas of need
  • Céline Cousteau leads a pair of TreadRight Storytellers trips to Jordan and India
  • TreadRight partners with World Conservation Society to help save big cats
  • TTC and its family of global brands around the world commits to eliminating all avoidable single-use plastics across all operations
  • TreadRight signs the WTTC’s Buenos Aires Declaration to fight against illegal wildlife trade

2019

  • TTC announces that single-use plastic water bottles will no longer be available on TTC trips.