Sustainability

At Signature Travel, we take our responsibilities to the environment seriously and approach sustainability in a proactive way. We created our “Sustainable Travel” product line to provide experiences that embody the fundamental idea of sustainability through the use of alternative means of transport, visits to social projects and a focus on biodiversity.

Travel and sustainability are often seen as two opposing concepts. Yet the desire to travel is part of human nature. To enjoy an unforgettable experience in another country, it is vital that the natural environment is intact and that the destination’s socio-economic situation is stable. At Signature Travel, we incorporate these elements into travel planning and combine them with the individual wishes of our customers.

Travel is a privilege that future generations should also be able to enjoy. This is why we do everything we can through a range of strategies to preserve this privilege. These efforts encompass three commitments:

 

Climate-neutral travel and carbon offsetting

At Signature Travel, we actively raise our customers’ awareness of climate change and recommend offsetting all or part of the carbon emissions released during air and sea travel via myclimate. Customers can opt to offset their effective emissions or pay an amount of their choosing.

Money generated from CO2 offsetting is paid into the M Climate Fund, which is managed by myclimate and Migros. The climate protection projects financed by the fund help to ensure a long-term reduction in emissions and the achievement of the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) goals.

Although the “Sustainable Travel” product line primarily uses more climate-friendly means of transport, they still leave a carbon footprint. This is calculated in advance so that carbon offsetting is included in the travel price.

www.hotelplan-suisse.myclimate.org

 

Commitment to child protection

Protection des enfants

Sadly, the sexual exploitation of children takes place in many holiday destinations, predominantly in Southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe.

Hotelplan Suisse condemns all violence against children. In 2003, we became the first Swiss tour operator to sign the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism (Tourism Child Protection Code). At Signature Travel, we are committed to raising awareness and educating travellers, our employees and business partners about this issue.

Commercial sexual exploitation of children is a crime and punishable worldwide. You too can demonstrate civil courage and report any suspicious activities (What? Who? Where? When?) to the following:

  • the tour operator
  • the Federal Office of Police (Fedpol)

nicht-wegsehen.ch or www.thecode.org

 

OceanCare

Ocean Care
OceanCare has been campaigning for the protection of marine animals and the ocean all over the world since 1989. Signature Travel has been supporting specific OceanCare projects since 2009. Since 2017, we have been working even more closely with OceanCare to further support the protection of dolphins and whales. Dolphinariums and swimming with captive dolphins and whales are no longer actively offered in our brochures or online. No whale products of any kind are available on tours or trips in Norway, Iceland, Canada, the USA and Japan. In the Tromsø region of Norway, we work with providers who follow whale watching guidelines. OceanCare supported the development and publicity of these guidelines.
www.oceancare.org

 

Before booking/departure

Short breaks or longer trips
The process of getting to a holiday destination usually has the greatest impact on the climate. This impact can be mitigated by staying in one location for as long as possible. Taking longer trips and reducing the number of short trips has a positive impact on our carbon footprints.

Holiday resorts, accommodation and getting around

Travelling involves immersing yourself in other cultures, getting to know the locals, discovering new things and, of course, relaxing. There are many factors that play a role when choosing a holiday destination. When it comes to sustainability, it is always worth asking yourself a few basic questions.​ For example:

  • What do I want to experience at the destination?
  • What type of accommodation do I want to stay in?
  • What kind of resources will there be at the destination?
  • Do I need a swimming pool if I am by the sea?
  • Are there alternatives far away from the main tourist centres?
  • How will I travel around locally so that I can get to know the country and its people as well and ecologically as possible?
  • Is “slow tourism” an option for me?

Our travel experts at Signature Travel will be happy to support you and work with you to find the best options for your trip.

Arrival and onward travel
Travelling by plane is generally the fastest way to get to a holiday destination. In many cases, however, you can also choose rail or bus as a more environmentally-friendly means of transport. If these alternatives are available, it is worth changing your mode of travel. This has the added benefit of helping you wind down as soon as your holiday starts.

Booking
If you don’t live close to a Signature Travel branch, we would be happy to advise you by e-mail, telephone or live video chat.

Our common objective
Travel always leaves a carbon footprint. But by strengthening and consciously protecting the environment and the climate, we can make holidays sustainable. What’s more, a sustainable lifestyle is not only something to think about while travelling, but also in everyday life.

Further information and ways to protect our climate
hotelplan-suisse.myclimate.org

 

Travelling about

Voyager sans impact sur le climat

Commitment to climate protection
At Signature Travel, we actively raise our customers’ awareness of climate change and recommend offsetting all or part of the carbon emissions released during air and sea travel via myclimate. Customers can opt to offset their effective emissions or pay an amount of their choosing.

Money generated from CO2 offsetting is paid into the M Climate Fund, which is managed by myclimate and Migros. The climate protection projects financed by the fund help to ensure a long-term reduction in emissions and the achievement of the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) goals.

hotelplan-suisse.myclimate.org

 

The journey starts at your own front door
For your journey to the airport, Signature Travel recommends travelling by SBB train and taking advantage of the operator’s luggage service. Your luggage is collected from your home the evening before you depart and transported to the destination airport.
Information and prices: sbb.ch

If getting to and from the airport by car is the only option due to flight times, we recommend using the P3 multistorey car park.
Information and prices: airportparking.ch

Getting to know your hosts
To enjoy authentic local travel experiences, Signature Travel recommends using local transport, enjoying the local cuisine, eating at family-run, local restaurants and food stalls, and considering local handicrafts when buying souvenirs.

Rencontrer les hôtes

Reducing your carbon footprint
You can reduce your carbon footprint at your destination through a number of small measures. For example, you can carry a refillable water bottle in your luggage. You can avoid creating rubbish as you travel by not eating takeaways. When it comes to personal care products, we advise that you buy biodegradable products and take empty shampoo bottles etc. home to Switzerland and dispose of them properly here.

Sun cream
When you choose a sun cream, remember: if it is not biodegradable, it does not belong in your luggage. Certain travel destinations, such as Hawaii and Palau, have completely banned sun creams that contain the UV filters octinoxate and oxybenzone.

Water scarcity
Water scarcity is becoming an increasingly serious problem. To keep consumption as low as possible during your trip, Signature Travel recommends the following tips:

  • Ensure you consistently hang up hand and bath towels to dry. This means fewer towel changes and less washing.
  • Only request your room to be cleaned every two to three days.
  • When soaping your hands and brushing your teeth, turn off the water. Only take short showers, and when travelling during times of acute drought, only flush after having a bowel movement.

L'eau, une denrée rare

And last, but not least

Travel educates and connects. When we travel, it is important to always treat people, animals and nature with respect.

Have we left out any other useful tips? If so, let us know at durabilite@signature-voyages.ch.