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American Express Global Business Travel Joins Global Sustainable Tourism Council

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American Express Global Business Travel Joins Global Sustainable Tourism Council

Jersey City, New Jersey, United States, October 4, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Sustainability is at the top of organizations’ agendas today. According to a report from United Nations Climate Change, the number of businesses and local governments committed to reaching net-zero emissions doubled in less than a year. The majority aims to achieve a zero-carbon economy by 2050 as part of the UN Race to Zero Campaign.

As part of their efforts to help clients realize their sustainability goals and protect global communities, American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) recently became a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) – a strategic partnership that will bring more transparency and ease to the process of booking sustainable hotels.
GBT partnership with GSTC

By becoming a GSTC member, GBT will actively promote the widespread adoption of the organization’s sustainable tourism principles and drive demand for more responsible activities and experiences.

During the initial phase of the partnership with GSTC, GBT will highlight hotels and other accommodation partners as “sustainable” that meet GSTC’s standards or, even better, are certified by a GSTC-Accredited Certification Body. This information will be available to corporate buyers who are supported by GBT’s consulting arm, Global Business Consulting (GBC), in their hotel sourcing exercise. In the future, GSTC analytics will be incorporated into the booking processes to enable travelers to identify and select qualified accommodation partners.

GBT employees globally will also have access to educational videos and webinars hosted by GSTC to provide knowledge of sustainability topics relevant for the travel and tourism industry.

Through global outreach and plans to drive sustainability in buyers and travelers’ contracting/booking decisions, GBT is well positioned to spur the adoption of sustainable hotels together with GSTC. With millions of room nights booked annually through GBT, its clients’ impact on the environment and within the industry could be massive.

“Sustainability is a top priority for our clients – as it is for GBT too,” said Si-Yeon Kim, Chief Risk & Compliance Officer and Executive Chair of Environmental, Social, Governance at GBT. “By spotlighting suppliers that meet GSTC’s Criteria and steering travelers toward greener choices, we are empowering our clients to make buying decisions that can help preserve this world and create a better reality for future generations to come.”
GSTC welcomes GBT

“We are very pleased to welcome GBT to GSTC and we look forward to collaborating on their ambitious plans. GBT has a leading role in the world of corporate and business travel, and by making it easier for clients to identify sustainable hotels using the GSTC framework, the GSTC-GBT strategic partnership will help drive and promote sustainable business travel,” said Randy Durband, Chief Executive Officer of GSTC.
GSTC for corporate and business travel stakeholders

Using the GSTC Criteria as a reference point allows corporates and organizations interested in sustainable business travel to improve their commercial performance and enhance their reputation by adopting sustainable working policies and practices.

With the growing interest, GSTC has designated a page for Corporate and Business Travel and began offering Sustainable Business Travel courses. The 4-week online GSTC Sustainable Business Travel course uses the four pillars of sustainable management to look at how to create a new model for business travel that harnesses the real value of a pro-active and successful business travel program, respects the new needs of travel and creates a responsible, sustainable company. In other words, a balanced approach to sustainable business travel.

Registration is open for the upcoming course on November 18 – December 16, 2021, which includes live sessions convenient for people in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Africa. More courses are scheduled for 2022.

About American Express Global Business Travel
American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) is the world’s leading business partner for managed travel. We help companies and their employees prosper by making sure travelers are present where and when it matters. We keep global business moving with the powerful backing of travel professionals in more than 140 countries. Companies of all sizes, and in all places, rely on GBT to provide travel management services, organize meetings and events, and deliver business travel consulting.

About the Global Sustainable Tourism Council
The GSTC is a nonprofit organization created jointly by United Nations agencies and prominent conservation organizations to establish and manage global standards for sustainability in travel and tourism, known as the GSTC Criteria.

The Criteria are organized around four main themes: effective sustainability planning, maximizing social and economic benefits for the local community, enhancing cultural heritage, and reducing negative impacts to the environment.

As the global authority on quality sustainable tourism standards, the GSTC engages with a worldwide network of members – from leading tour operators and international hospitality brands to government organizations and national tourism boards. Along other leading sustainability schemes, GSTC is an ISEAL Community Member.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Golf in Madeira to Blossom with Palheiro Gardens Golf Classic

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Golf in Madeira to Blossom with Palheiro Gardens Golf Classic - TOP25GOLFCOURSES.com - TRAVELINDEXFunchal, Madeira, Portugal, September 10, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Golf in Madeira has never looked rosier with the launch of the new ‘Palheiro Gardens Golf Classic’ this autumn and golfers can enjoy outstanding value on accommodation when they take part in the inaugural event – with three-night breaks starting from only €172.5 per person.

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Palheiro Golf – rated among Europe’s top golf resorts – is serving up a treat for competitors on and off the course at the new event, which will take place from October 1-5 and is being held in aid of the Make A Wish children’s charity. As well as having with the opportunity to enjoy some world-class golf, guests will have the chance to experience a slice of Madeira’s famous culture and history – including the islands’ globally acclaimed annual ‘Festa da Flor’ Flower Festival.

Palheiro’s golf course is situated within the magnificent Palheiro Nature Estate, which is more than 200 years old, and players can choose from an array of five-star hotel and self-catering accommodation.

Bed-and-breakfast breaks in the luxury Casa Velha do Palheiro hotel start from €100 per person per night and include entry to the famous Palheiro Gardens, complimentary use of the spa and the chance to enjoy the luxury hotel’s numerous sports facilities including tennis, table tennis, billiards, croquet, badminton and the gym. A daily courtesy bus to Palheiro Golf and WiFi in public areas and rooms are also included.

Self-catering accommodation in one of Palheiro Village’s choice of well-equipped apartments and villas is bookable from just €57.50 per person per night, with guests also able to enjoy a 10 per cent discount at the Casa Velha do Palheiro hotel and Palheiro Golf clubhouse restaurants, Palheiro Gardens (entry only) and Palheiro Spa (entrance and gym only).

All packages include entry into the 18-hole individual Stableford competition on Palheiro Golf’s acclaimed championship course, a pre-tournament sunset welcome party and a prize-giving ceremony with cocktail at the Palheiro Gardens.

A trip to the island’s capital of Funchal to the Madeira Flower Festival follows the day after the tournament with free golf also included in the event package, while on Monday October 4 there will be a special visit to the famous Blandy’s Madeira Wine Lodge in Funchal including wine tasting.

Palheiro Golf is one of three outstanding golf venues in the archipelago of Madeira. Designed by Cabell B. Robinson, the venue’s par-72, 6,656-yard (6,086m) course is nearly 1,640ft above sea level and enjoys dramatic views of Madeira’s mountainous skyline and the ocean, as well as – nestling below, just 10 minutes away – the island’s capital, Funchal.

Taking place this year from October 1-24, the Madeira Flower Festival offers visitors the unforgettable chance to experience a kaleidoscope of colour and the magic that runs through the municipalities of the Madeira archipelago with an array of unique exhibits made totally from flowers.

Palheiro Golf and the other two-18 hole courses in Madeira and her islands, Clube de Golfe Santo da Serra and Porto Santo Golf, have enjoyed a steady increase in overseas bookings in the last 12 months with growing numbers of European golfers eager to experience the many benefits of playing first-class golf in a safe and secure environment.

Discover Madeira and the World’s Best Golf Courses at Top 25 Golf Courses.

Located approximately 1,000km from the European mainland – and just 500km from the African continent – the island destination, named as the world and Europe’s leading island destination at the 2020 World Travel Awards, enjoys an amazingly mild climate, ranging from 25°c in the summer to 17°c in the winter, with very mild average temperatures and moderate humidity, making it the perfect year-round location for a golf break.

The best way to enjoy the archipelago’s golf is with a Madeira Golf Passport which, providing holders with an unrivalled golf experience, is available to both individuals and groups and can be booked on a three or five-round basis.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Wheels Up and Abercrombie & Kent Forge Partnership to Explore the World in Luxury

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Wheels Up and Abercrombie & Kent Forge Partnership to Explore the World in Luxury

New York, New York, United States, July 24, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Wheels Up the leading brand in private aviation, and Abercrombie & Kent, the world’s leading luxury travel company, announce a strategic partnership to offer Wheels Up Members bespoke travel experiences utilizing the Wheels Up fleet in North America and private small group journeys in international destinations.

The partnership will be launched with two domestic Abercrombie & Kent curated and customized journeys for Wheels Up Members to explore America’s National Parks and the Pacific coast. The exclusive itineraries can be booked on an individual basis at any time. Both domestic itineraries will utilize the Wheels Up fleet to fly between destinations, with private A&K guides for unparalleled insider access.

In January 2022, Wheels Up and Abercrombie & Kent will offer a once in a lifetime Wheels Up Members-only journey to East Africa for the Great Migration. This excursion combines the finest game viewing, and luxury accommodations that offer memorable views of the Masai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti.

Dedicated A&K Private Travel Consultants will collaborate with Wheels Up Members to design custom itineraries for all trips booked, bringing a rare blend of creativity, professionalism, and beyond-the-guidebook knowledge to planning the trip of a lifetime. Peace of mind comes from being met by a knowledgeable, English-speaking A&K guide in each destination, supported by A&K logistics experts on the ground.

Wheels Up and Abercrombie & Kent will announce additional Members-only itineraries to destinations such as Morocco, Southeast Asia, and more later this year.

“Our Wheels Up Members are eager to explore new destinations and this unique partnership with Abercrombie & Kent allows us to offer extraordinary private adventures,” said Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO at Wheels Up. “This is the first time we will offer Members-only curated trips and we are excited to do so with a world-class partner like A&K. We will continue to elevate our member benefits and partners for our loyal members, delivering exceptional experiences and value for their Wheels Up membership.”

“Our partnership with Wheels Up sets a new standard in private luxury travel,” said Geoffrey Kent, Founder, Co-Chairman & CEO at Abercrombie & Kent. “Working with A&K’s network of offices around the world, Wheels Up Members will enjoy privileged access to once-in-a-lifetime adventures, customized exclusively for them.”

Tailor Made Pacific Coast Adventure by Wheels Up:
Available Now For Customized Itineraries
Begin with the quintessential Big Sur road trip and private tastings in two of America’s premier wine regions. Float over the Napa Valley in a hot air balloon at sunrise. Walk among the towering redwoods of Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Watch wild mustangs roaming free at a ranch in the coastal mountains above San Luis Obispo. Cruise the whale-rich waters of the San Juan Islands, searching for orcas, sea lions, seals, and birds under the guidance of your expert captain. This 10-day private itinerary using a King Air 350i can be booked at any time and customized for up to 8 guests.

Tailor Made America’s National Parks by Wheels Up:
Available In 2022 For Customized Itineraries

This is a thrilling nine-day adventure in Yosemite, Grand Canyon, the Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone. Fly from one awe-inspiring landscape to the next aboard a King Air 350i, explore with knowledgeable local guides, and enjoy five-star hospitality along the way. Highlights include privileged access to historic buildings in the Grand Canyon with a private float around famous Horseshoe Bend, a thrilling off-road 4 x 4 adventure in Antelope Valley and a float down the Snake River in a traditional wooden McKenzie River dory. This 9-day private itinerary using a King Air 350i can be booked at any time and customized for up to 8 guests.

The Great Migration Safari: An Exclusive Small Group Journey for Wheels Up Members:
Departing January 17 and February 14, 2022

Experience one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the planet on a 12-day adventure with up to 16 likeminded Wheels Up Members. Thrilling game drives in custom-made 4WD vehicles with unobstructed views from every seat. Fly from one wildlife-rich park and reserve to the next, relaxing between game drives at the finest boutique camps and lodges, including one on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, a privileged location that affords early access to the crater floor, Africa’s Garden of Eden.

Wheels Up Members will also receive special benefits while travelling with A&K, and A&K’s Marco Polo Club members receive preferred membership options to join Wheels Up for their private aviation needs.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Greg Norman to Renovate Real Club de Golf El Prat under Sustainability Plan

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Barcelona, Spain, May 13, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Real Club de Golf El Prat designed a new Sustainability Plan including, among other things, the renovation of the acclaimed Yellow Course. The prestigious Club took advantage of the Pandemic to work on one of its two championship courses to make it more sustainable as well as improve its playability. The maintenance staff was able to complete the work…

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Adrenaline Delight with Skydiving at Niyama Private Islands Maldives

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Niyama Islands, Maldives, May 13, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Parachute into paradise with a thrilling new experience at Niyama Private Islands. The new tandem skydiving experience, which has just launched for guests to experience, takes off from Dhaalu Airport just a short speedboat ride from the resort in the Maldives’ southern Dhaalu Atoll. Tandem skydiving is the best way for dare devils to…

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Camille Chevalier Becomes Champion of Sustainable Golf

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Aix-en-Provence, France, May 6, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Camille Chevalier has become a Sustainable Golf Champion – partnering with the non-profit GEO Foundation to help support the group’s mission to advance sustainability in and through golf. 2017 Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year partners with GEO Foundation to help raise awareness and encourage action across the sport. The move follows in…

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Casa de Campo Receives Prestigious Golf Digest Award

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La Romana, Dominican Republic, April 25, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – home to the Caribbean’s premier, luxury golf experiences, including the iconic Teeth of the Dog course – has received Golf Digest’s prestigious 2021 “Editors’ Choice Award” in the “Best Resorts in the Americas” (Caribbean / Bermuda category). The Editors’ Choice Awards annually honors the “best of the…

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Apes Hill Golf Course in Barbados Leads the Way in Sustainability

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St. James, Barbados, April 19, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Apes Hill Golf and Beach Club in St James, Barbados, is undergoing a major renovation with sustainability at the top of the agenda. With its ground-breaking sustainable initiatives, Apes Hill is working to become the most environmentally responsible golf course in the Caribbean – from the preservation of wildlife to operating in a power neutral…

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Virtuoso Poll Finds Responsible Travel is a Priority with Most Travelers

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States, April 18, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Responsible tourism is very much on the minds of Virtuoso customers, according to new survey data from the consortium. The vast majority of those surveyed, 82%, said the pandemic has spurred them toward more responsible travel. And 70% said traveling sustainably enhances their vacation experience (only 7%

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