Responsible Travel

We are committed to the principles of responsible travel and ecotourism and how this supports you as travellers, the local communities you visit and the environment.

In the office:

  • Office ecosystem: We pay for 100% Greenpower, use tank water and recycle our waste. Environmentally responsible choices in printing, tour equipment & local transport are a priority.
  • Donations: We make regular donations to community, charity and environmental groups.
  • Local community: IPT office staff and guides are involved in their local community via schools, environment, social action and local enterprise groups.
  • Accreditation: In 2008 we achieved advanced accreditation with Ecotourism Australia. This continues to lift our eco standards at home and on tour.
  • For your protection: We are allied members of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents. Your payments are kept in a trust account until required for payment of your tour.

On tours:

  • Supporting local communities: Where possible, we use locally owned hotels, restaurants, transport and tour operators. We also engage guides who can give us an understanding of their culture.
  • Tour design: We are gradually refining the style of our tours to a "slower" more sustainable pace. The transport we use, the hotels we stay at, the food we eat on a tour, all contribute to the impact of our tours.
  • Encouraging local change: Working with business partners worldwide, including local guides and operators, we strive to source as much as possible from the local economy, maximising efficiency and minimising waste.

As a traveller:

  • Research: We encourage you to research destinations and we aim to provide you with sufficient, accurate information to understand local communities and environment.
  • Feedback: We appreciate your feedback and your ideas. We are constantly searching for new ideas and appreciate your thoughts on best practice in responsible and sustainable travel.
  • Save trees: Make a small step by going online to request itineraries and e-news updates.
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