Putting tourism on a sustainable path is a major challenge, requiring industry wide leadership, partnership and a long term commitment. At The Fabulous Getaway we believe in operating responsibly and our aim is to monitor and manage our impact and to support our local and wider community. We are currently implementing a sustainability management system based on GSTC criteria (Global Sustainable Tourism Council) and we are well on the way towards becoming Travelife Certified, the industry’s leading international sustainability certification.
Our business faces many challenges and opportunities. Due to their direct impact on us and our stakeholders we have prioritised the following issues that need to be addressed: Climate change, plastic and waste management, conservation, education and professional development, accessibility, health and safety and management of key tourism assets.
We are constantly working on making holidays with us as plastic-free as possible. In our efforts towards this, we have now introduced reusable water bottles which clients can refill and use while they travel. Our vehicles carry 19l water containers which can be used by clients to top-up water. While this has completely eliminated our consumption of single-use plastic water bottles, our efforts to reduce any other use of plastic and to always seek greener alternatives are constant and ongoing.
Being able to interact and learn from the islanders is an important part of travel and we believe that it is equally important to be able to support different communities, be it financially or even by helping with manpower and resources. We have helped several clients with their requests to engage with the community, sometimes by facilitating the building of washrooms for a school and even painting the classrooms.
We are conscious of our emissions, both by staff travel as well as client travel. While on an internal level we have started analysing our travel patterns and are working on ways to reduce emissions by way of car-sharing and a ‘Work from home’ policy, we have also recently invested in newer vehicles for our fleet. Our efforts to help tackle climate change are constant.