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April 2020

Sustainable Tourism 2030

Supporting the Tourism Industry Through Uncertain Times

Dear Nicole,

We understand how hard the tourism industry is being affected by this recent global public health crisis. Wellness, health, and safety are key to sustainability and to that end, we would love to help you to amplify your messages of how you’re handling this situation.

Now more than ever, it is important that we gather around and lift each other up. With so many travel restrictions being put into place, and as soon as “the curve” is flattened, people will be seeking local and regional experiences to maintain and restore their connection to the community. Please share with us any stories of resiliency in action so we may spread the word and promote you through our channels.

It has been truly heartwarming to see local, regional, and global news of communities coming together to boost small businesses and help each other out. This is an integral tenant of the very concept of sustainability and we are thankful to be a part of this community. Stay safe and stay healthy - this too, shall pass!

To continued good health and well-being,

Angela & the Sustainable Tourism 2030 Team

Profile Image Angela Nagy
President & CEO
GreenStep Solutions Inc.
angela@greenstep.ca
1 (800) 469-7830 - Work
www.greenstep.ca

EAGLE WING TOURS RECEIVES SUSTAINABLE TOURISM'S FIRST PLATINUM LEVEL CERTIFICATION

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We are thrilled to announce that Eagle Wing Tours has just become our first Platinum-certified Sustainable Tourism member! They have worked so hard to achieve this level of certification and we're looking forward to sharing their story. Stay tuned for an official press release and more shout-outs to this rock-star member.

Eagle Wing Tours, based in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island, offers whale-watching and wildlife tours in the Salish Sea, along Canada's Pacific Coast. Learn more about how they are stewarding the environment in which they work (and play) at the link below!

NO-COST WAYS TO CUT ENERGY BILLS

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Our latest blog post provides a check-list of no-cost tips for cutting your energy costs during times of reduced levels of operation or temporary closures.

WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE UP TO:

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It has been wonderful to see what our Sustainable Tourism members are doing to keep their doors open while respecting social distancing and health and safety regulations.

IN BC

  • Myra Canyon Ranch (Kelowna): offering outdoor horse ride and bike rentals with strict social distancing measures in place.
  • Red Rooster Winery (Naramata): offering free shipping for online and phone orders using the promo code “FREESHIP” until April 12th. They are also compensating any of their staff who have been affected by the closure of their tasting room.
  • Whitewater Ski Resort (Kootenay Rockies): promoting a photo and video contest for customers to relive their Whitewater winter experiences. More details can be found on their Facebook page. Contest ends at 4PM on April 5th.
  • Campbell River Whale Watching (Campbell River): offering 20% discounts on all tour gift certificates with promo code “SPRING20.”
  • Watermark Beach Resort (Osoyoos): offering local take-out service from the Restaurant at Watermark.

IN ONTARIO

  • Topsy Farms (Amherst Island): their online store remains open for wool blankets, yarn, and other goods!
  • Trius Winery (Niagara-On-the-Lake): offering free shipping for online and phone purchases of wine using promo code “TRIUSSHIP” until April 12th.
  • Peller Estates Winery & Restaurant (Niagara-On-the-Lake): offering curb-side pickup of wine from 11AM - 6PM daily. Order online or over the phone and receive free shipping with promo code “PELLERSHIPS” until April 12th.

ON PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

  • Experience PEI: the team behind Experience PEI is helping their community stay connected by sharing resources on their Facebook page for things to do while social-distancing, and updates from local businesses offering delivery or take-out options.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Just because we’re social distancing from one another does not mean events and meetings are a thing of the past! See below for opportunities to connect and experience the world, virtually:

12 Historic Locations Offering Virtual Tours

From the Sistine Chapel to the Museum of Modern Art and Yellowstone National Park, here are 12 different historic sites around the world offering virtual tours.

Free Access to UNWTO online library

Visit UNWTO's website for free access to e-books and articles until the end of April.

GLOBE Virtual: Resilience and Transformation Series

This new GLOBE series has just launched, including webinars, interactive dialogues and challenge processes, online mentoring and matchmaking. GLOBE Virtual will bring people together from across the economy to talk about how we rebuild our businesses, and to identify learnings that can be applied to our sustainability and climate work.

ITB Berlin

Travel and tourism’s leading conference and platform for business and insights, inspiring and linking the global travel industry, took place online in early March. All videos from the virtual conference can be now accessed on-demand.

Is there a (virtual) tourism or sustainability-related tourism event happening in your community that we should know about? Drop us a line with the details and we'll include them in our next newsletter!

Interested in learning more about how Sustainable Tourism 2030 can help your tourism business or destination? Feel free to reach out at any time to chat, or schedule a free consult today: 1-800-469-7830 or info@greenstep.ca.

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