Small-group touring company Rabbie’s, over the last 11 years, has mitigated their environmental impact through a number of positive initiatives:
Rabbie’s makes use of small mini-coaches that accommodate 16 people. This allows the company to take customers off the beaten track to communities not accessible to big buses.
Spreading the tourism load to these areas creates cash injections into these communities. The tour guides are also locally sourced, providing new jobs to residents.
Get staff enthused and involved
Rabbie’s encourages their staff to go and volunteer as much as possible within the communities they operate in. The team has built paths that have eroded, cleaned beaches from the plastic pollution, and taught historical classes in areas where Rabbie’s tours.
There are also a number of office-based environmental activities such as recycling and reusing where possible, low energy lighting, using recycled and biodegradable products, and partnering with companies with strong environmental credentials.
Getting customers involved
Rabbie’s invite their customers to get involved too, by encouraging them to take a bag and pick up litter on their way – as well as travel quietly, walk softly, always stay on the path, never pick or collect from the environment and instead put their photography skills to the test.
This ethos includes respecting any signs, regulations, and policies of a specific area, and observing wild animals and birds from the distance without feeding them.
A “leave no trace” policy is encouraged in every outing in which passengers are advised to examine in a non-damaging way as to preserve the site as found.
You can always do more
Rabbie’s know there will always be an environmental impact, but the small groups tour operator strives to reduce it as much as possible. By operating in modern fuel-efficient vehicles departing from centrally located departure points, the company avoids contributing to local congestion and pollution levels.
The company taxes itself £10 for every tonne of CO2 they use. Their staff then votes on which community or environmental project this money should go to every year, and this is distributed accordingly. With this ‘we can always do more’ attitude the company’s self-taxation effort contributed over £120,000 to various charities and environmental organisations across the UK.
To find more about the tours Rabbie’s have to offer, visit: rabbies.com.