The Dertour magalog enters “Bewusst Reisen” with more sustainable travel offerings in the third round. The tour operator presents special projects and sustainably certified hotels around the world in more than 100 pages. The range of excursions that meet responsible tourism standards has been expanded and vacationers can get real experiences with the new edition.
“Right now, we’re seeing a great deal of interest in more sustainable vacation offerings. With the third Magalog, we want to put together the conscious travel offering and raise awareness of it. We would like to inform, educate and inspire our customers about the sustainability initiatives of Hotels and DER Touristik on the theme of ‘Conscious Travel'”, Says Laura Steden, Director of Corporate Responsibility DER Touristik Group.
At the current number, with 39 hotels, Magalog offers a greater scope than ever before, including Greece, Canary Islands, Turkey, Egypt, Costa Rica, South Africa, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. Sustainably designed holiday experiences, practical tips for mindful travel, exciting stories from travel destinations, information about the DER Touristik Foundation eV’s commitment and background information on hotels’ sustainability initiatives conclude with the digitally published Magalog, which is valid from May 2022 through April 2023.
Other aspects of sustainability
All selected hotels have a recognized sustainability certificate that meets the criteria of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and is characterized by sustainable management in terms of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects.
In addition, DER Touristik guests can calculate and offset their trips’ CO2 emissions at dertouristik.myclimate.org. This applies to excursions from Magalog as well as to all excursions undertaken by the DER Touristik-Veranstalter. At Magalog, the CO2 emissions of each travel offer are calculated and presented as examples for better guidance.
3 examples of travel for the new offer:
Thailand: One of the new additions to the program is the Pimalai Resort & Spa in Koh Lanta, Thailand, where the focus is not only on the well-being of the guests, but also on the staff and the environment. Most of the exclusive resort’s local staff have not only fresh, healthy snacks and meals at their disposal, but lounge areas and sports facilities as well. On excursions, guests have the opportunity to learn about the traditions and daily life of the people of Koh Lanta, for example on a mangrove boat tour with a visit to the village and market. In order to avoid waste, everything on the plate or in the glass is edible, even the top layer – umbrellas and the like are not present here.
Greece: The Adults Only Hotel Sentido Unique Blue on Crete was first introduced in Magalog with boho elegance and more sustainable comfort. Sustainability has been given great importance since the construction phase: the thermal interface reduces energy costs and emissions, and the solar cells generate green electricity. Water saving and treatment programs as well as targeted waste reduction and recycling measures contribute to the careful use of natural resources.
Fair working conditions ensure that employees also feel comfortable. Local products are used primarily in gastronomy.
Sweden: On the “Experiences in Lapland’s Nature” road trip, vacationers experience Swedish Lapland in an authentic and informed way. In addition to a canoe tour of the Sävarån Nature Reserve, which includes beavers, otters, cranes, woolly pelicans, and rare white-tailed eagles, the program also includes a visit to a husky dog farm with a guided walk for huskys – a positive example of how animals, nature and people can be brought together in reconciliation one. All hotels and activity providers on the trip are members of the Västerbotten Experience, a government-sponsored sustainability organization that is a member of the GSTC and works to protect nature and culture. (red)