Many of our tours feature visits to towns and villages off the beaten tourist trail, enabling you to experience local traditions and practices, such as artisan pasta-making and cheese production on our gastronomic tours to Italy.
In the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and certain European countries, we employ local agents who take care of many of the logistical tour arrangements on our behalf. Most of our current relationships have been built up over the course of many years of business.
In addition to supporting the communities and local economies of the places we visit, we also strive to limit our impact on the environment. Our itineraries are designed to spend more time in places visited than on conventional tours; this often means there are days without travel.
Like us, you can also choose to donate to the local heritage sites we visit, such as York Minster (visited on The Cathedrals of England tour), where donations contribute to restoration and conservation of the buildings.
Martin Randall Travel donates to Beyond Carbon, a travel industry scheme that contributes to development projects that encourage carbon savings.
From 2014 to 2015 our donations to the Alba Forest Solar Energy Project contributed to the purchase, transportation and installation of a further four solar panels and solar water heaters in tourism settlements within the Dajti, Thethi and Valbona National Parks. In the previous year, the organisation’s work – also supported by MRT – has resulted in a 25% decrease in the production of carbon gas emissions.
Further funding will enable restaurants, hotels and activity centres in the region to install solar water heaters and energy panels to replace coal, gas and electricity usage.
Martin Randall Travel makes a carbon offset donation on every flight taken by lecturers, tour managers and staff. Per year, this typically generates between £1,500 and £2,500 towards the Alba Forest Solar Energy Project.
You can donate to Beyond Carbon as part of the booking process. If you have already booked, please contact us to make a contribution.
In the Martin Randall Travel office, we recycle as much waste as possible. This includes old IT equipment and office furniture as well as the more obvious items such a paper, packaging and food waste.
In 2015 Martin Randall Travel recycled 7530kg, which is the equivalent of 77 trees and 9570kg of Co2.
With our help, Paper Round (our local waste management company) are able to make generous donations to their charity partners Trees for Cities, London Zoological Society, Fareshare (food charity) and Friends of the Earth.
If you have any questions about our Responsible Tourism policy or would like to provide feedback, please contact us.