Tour OperatorsNew European tours focus on ‘giving back’

Refugee, homeless ‘conscious’ tours by Contiki

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Contiki’s Refugee Voices tour of Berlin is guided by Syrian refugees.

SINGAPORE – Contiki Holidays has unwrapped new conscious travel experiences for Europe 2020.

Handpicked for travellers aged 18-35, the conscious travel experiences aim to give Contiki-goers a fresh perspective while also giving something back to the communities visited on their trips.

Contiki says the trips respond to “the growing trend for conscious and ethical travel among Gen-Z travellers”.

Included in the new conscious experiences in the Europe 2020 product release are a Cascais street art tour with local residents in Lisbon, an Unseen London tour of Covent Garden hosted by and supporting ex-homeless and vulnerably housed people, a Refugee Voices tour of Berlin guided by Syrian refugees, and the chance to take part in a reforestation programme in the Haukadalur valley of Iceland.

Contiki says its commitment to sustainable travel and tourism isn’t new. “It’s all part of making travel matter, supported by Contiki Cares and working with the TreadRight Foundation to support key projects globally.

“The mission of Contiki Cares and TreadRight is to protect people, wildlife and the planet, and this is the philosophy driving the inclusion of the new conscious travel experiences on the latest trips.”

Timothy Su, senior sales and marketing manager, Contiki, Asia, said, “Sustainability and conscious travel is now a focus more than ever, especially for our Gen-Z audiences, and we’re excited to source, design and provide even more conscious travel experiences for our travellers in 2021.”

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