Great Escapes believes passionately in sustainable tourism and has been promoting these ethics and encouraging clients to follow suit for over 20 years
We are proud to have been awarded 4 star Sustainable Tourism status by the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO). For further information on the star system visit www.aito.co.uk.
Customers Code of Conduct
All tourism potentially has an environmental, social and economic impact so we ask you to help us negate any detrimental impact your holiday has on the environment. Please take the time to read the comprehensive information contained in our brochure and pre-departure information on the destination, preferably before you go.
We make a commitment to:
- protect the environment - its flora, fauna and landscapes
- respect local cultures - traditions, religions and built heritage
- benefit local communities - both economically and socially
- conserve natural resources - from office to destination
- minimise pollution - through noise, waste disposal and congestion
We ask you to help:
Respect the Environment
Act responsibly to protect the natural beauty and wildlife of our destinations for future generations to enjoy whilst living in or visiting the country, paying particular attention to local guidelines regarding the building of fires and barbecues.
Respect for Others
Please be aware of a country's religious beliefs and dress appropriately when you are away from the resort areas. Please always ask permission when taking photographs. Respect other guests and locals by keeping noise levels to a minimum at night.
Use Local Restaurants
Our destinations have an excellent selection of good quality restaurants. By avoiding national chains and eating in smaller, locally-run restaurants, you can reduce 'food miles' and ensure your visit benefits the surrounding community.
Spend Your Money Wisely
Make sure your money benefits the local people by buying local products and services.
Use Public Transport
Public transport in France and Belgium is generally punctual and clean. When in cities, it is also the fastest way to travel.
Save energy and the environment by turning off lights, air-conditioning and electrical items when not needed.
Water is often taken for granted in the western world so it’s important to avoid waste.
Please help preserve supplies by:
- Only leaving dirty towels and laundry on the floor for washing.
- Turn off dripping taps.
- Using a basin of water with a plug rather than a running tap.
- Having a shower instead of bathing in a full tub.
- Reporting any leaks immediately.
In line with our commitment to Sustainable Tourism, please would you comment on any environmental or social issues, both positive and negative which you may have encountered and which could be improved by Great Escapes, our local suppliers, hotels etc.