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We are pleased to announce that our founder and CEO, Melissa Tilling has been nominated by her peers in the travel industry for two prestigious awards ahead of TravYule next month. TravYule is a new evening of festive fun celebrating achievements within the travel industry this calendar year with 12 awards (Baubles) up for grabs. 

She has been nominated in the following categories, The Perfect Year – Significant Contribution to the Travel Industry and Do They Know It’s Christmas – Outstanding Work for a Charitable Cause. You can view Melissa’s fellow nominees here.

We wish everyone nominated the best of luck and look forward to seeing them at TravYule on November 21st!

In a recent article in the Travel Trade Gazette, Charitable Travel’s exciting new Travel More Sustainably travel deals were highlighted. These itineraries represent a departure from traditional package holidays, featuring accommodation options that try to reduce environmental impacts, advice on how to lower emissions, activities which help local communities and the environment, and so much more.

Deals on offer include a series of 4 and 7 night itineraries in Florida locations including Amelia Island, Daytona, Orlando, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, St. Pete/ Clearwater, and Florida’s Sport Coast. Find out more.

7 night itineraries are also available for the Caribbean including the Bahamas, St Kitts, Barbados, St Lucia, Grenada, and Tobago. Find out more.

Our Sustainable Caribbean and Sustainable Florida Supplements feature in-depth information to help you plan your next eco-conscious escape.

In a recent blog featured in the Travel Trade Gazette, our CEO, Melissa Tilling, passionately discusses Charitable Travel’s mission to make a positive impact through sustainable tourism. The article delves into how we are weaving sustainability into our marketing strategies, emphasising our commitment to responsible travel and philanthropy. Discover how we’re transforming the travel industry, one eco-conscious adventure at a time here. 

We are proud to announce that Charitable Travel is a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism. The declaration represents a shared commitment within the travel industry to innovate and adapt industry practices to reduce negative climate impacts generated by travel.

As a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration, we commit to deliver plans aligned with the key pathways of the declaration (Measure, Decarbonise, Regenerate, Collaborate, Finance) to cut tourism emissions in half over the next decade and reach Net Zero emissions as soon as possible before 2050. We promise to deliver our climate action plan within 12 months of becoming a signatory and to begin to implement them.

To find out more about the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism and our commitment to sustainable travel, click the button below. Will you sign too?

Our founder and CEO, Melissa Tilling has been officially appointed by Belmond to serve pro bono on their LGBTQ+ Commerical Committee. Belmond is a well established travel brand which operates and runs hotels, train and river cruises around the world. In this new role, Melissa will help support the direction of the group by helping to further its inclusion and diversity across its product offering and brand.

Melissa looks forward to working with the group and helping to promote greater inclusivity in the travel industry.

Our founder and CEO, Melissa Tilling has been selected by TTG and its six Sustainable Travel Heroes – Avis, G Touring, Greek National Tourism Organisation, Hurtigruten, Iberostar and Intrepid – as one of their brand-new trainee Sustainable Travel Ambassadors! She was selected by TTG and the Heroes due to her and Charitable Travel’s demonstrable commitment to and passion for sustainable travel.

As a Sustainable Travel Ambassador in training, Melissa will have to complete a six-part course of educational workshops covering new sustainable trends within the travel industry, tips and tricks on measuring carbon emissions, how to pick the best sustainable holiday suppliers, and so much more!

She will be using this new information to further her understanding of the best new sustainable practices to use and to help even more people #TravelForGood with Charitable Travel!

We’re delighted to announce that Charitable Travel is now a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), as part of our commitment to sustainable and ethical travel practices.

The GSTC establishes and helps manage global sustainable standards in the travel industry, helping to increase awareness and demand for responsible travel. Charitable Travel is already recognised as a unique social enterprise travel company, which supports philanthropy in general and specifically a wide range of charities chosen by our customer stakeholders when they book holidays and travel through our agency. The choice of transport method, lodging and sightseeing – to ensure that the holidays are as sustainable as possible – is always at the forefront of our product selection and discussions with customers. We accept that not every customer will be tuned to sustainability however we are committed to advance this agenda, but also accept that simply by booking with Charitable Travel our customers are making a substantial donation to a good cause as part of our #travelforgood methodology.

Our founder and CEO Melissa Tilling will be attending the GSTC conference in Antalya, Turkey from the 9th – 12th of May to meet with other like-minded organisations and represent Charitable Travel, working on ways to further improve sustainability within our offering to the customer. We look forward to continuing our work in sustainable travel moving forward as GSTC members.

We are pleased to announce that Charitable Traveller Magazine is a finalist at this year’s TravMedia Awards in the Travel Magazine of the Year category! To view the other categories at this year’s awards please click here.

The award recognises outstanding media publications within the travel industry. We are delighted to be nominated and wish our fellow nominees JRNY Travel Magazine, National Geographic Traveller (UK), Rough Guides, and SUITCASE Magazine the best of luck!

We have been featured in the Citizen Femme blog as one of eight eco-conscious companies improving the way people travel!

To read the full blog, to find out more about us, and for an inspiration to travel, please click here. 

The founder and CEO of Charitable Travel, Melissa Tilling, speaks to Truth Behind Travel Podcast host Dolores Semeraro about what encouraged her to launch a travel agency during the pandemic and why the timing couldn’t have been more perfect for Charitable Travel to be successful.

Listen here >

The founder and CEO of Charitable Travel, has been named one of three ‘Travel Heroes’ by Priority Pass, in their 30th anniversary celebrations!

Read more here >

“Each of our travel heroes has been recognised on their own merit for their outstanding contributions to the world of travel. When turning 30, we wanted to share our celebrations with our clients, partners and staff, but also a select group of individuals who have gone above and beyond to help the travel industry recover, be more accessible and be a force for good. The future of travel depends on collaboration and working through challenges as a collective, and Priority Pass remains committed to delivering seamless, premium airport experiences that allow travellers to love the whole journey.”

Our recent consumer survey into the correlation between holiday spending and donations has been featured in The Phoenix Newspaper!

To read the full survey results and for an analysis of what this means for the travel and charity sectors please click here.