AAT Kings Cares
At AAT Kings and parent company The Travel Corporation, we understand that travel matters; it allows us to explore the world and gain a deeper understanding of each destination, its history and culture, through enriching experiences. We also recognize that it is our responsibility to help protect the places we visit and take care of the world around us.
Travelling With Us
Compared to cars, planes and trains – coaches have the lowest carbon emissions and are by far the most carbon efficient way to travel. Our fleet of vehicles includes some of the newest coaches on the road. They are fuel efficient and exceed strict fuel emission regulations.
Offset your Carbon Footprint
As part of our continuing sustainability journey, we feel it’s increasingly important to provide our guests and our team with the necessary tools and information to allow them to make responsible travel choices whenever possible. With this in mind, we are now happy to provide you with opportunities to carbon offset your travel experience.
If you’re looking to offset your carbon footprint for an upcoming or previous travel experience, our not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation has identified four leading carbon offset programs - Conservation International Carbon Fund, myclimate, The Nature Conservancy, and Rainforest Concern – Forest Credits - that provide travellers with a number of ways in which to offset your travel experiences and a variety of carbon offset projects to choose from.
We're continually working to reduce the impact of our everyday activities by minimising our waste, energy use and paper consumption in our company offices.
AAT Kings, as part of The Travel Corporation, is proud to be using 100% recycled paper for the body of our brochures. Some of the positive impacts of this include saving more than 48,000* trees per year and reducing landfill waste that produces harmful greenhouse gases. In addition, the paper used is rated 'Excellent' by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) environmental benchmarking tool. We are proud to commit to using one of the most environmentally friendly coated recycled papers on Planet Earth.
*Calculations based on data from the Environmental Paper Network
What can you do?
There are many things you can do while travelling to minimise your environmental impact. Some of them you may already do at home but you can also do them while on holiday:
- When you've finished with your holiday brochures, pass them onto a friend or recycle them.
- Buy local produce.
- Respect the local culture and traditions where you are travelling. Ensure your dress and behaviour is appropriate for the places you visit.
- Minimise waste by bringing your own water bottle and reusing it. We carry water on all coaches so you can re-fill on the go.
- Please don't pick plants and flowers, leave them for others to enjoy.
- At your hotel use water sparingly, take short showers instead of baths and hang towels for drying and re-use.
- Separate paper from plastic and try to recycle as much as possible.
- Throw any litter in the bin and keep the local environment tidy.
- Switch lights off & air conditioning off if you are not in the room or don’t need them.
- Turn off your TV instead of leaving it on standby.
- Reduce your use and waste of precious resources such as water, food and energy.
These simple actions can help reduce our impact on the planet.
UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
A major priority for AAT Kings is to proactively contribute to the development of sustainable tourism. A key driver for us is our partnership with the TreadRight Foundation.
The Travel Corporation (TTC) and its family of brands sets out to reduce poverty and hunger by generating jobs and income for people in the destinations that we venture to. Together, we aim to promote good health, wellbeing and education by providing internal initiatives and through our support for third party programs. An example that aligns with our goals is the clean water initiative ‘Just a Drop’ an international water development charity providing clean, safe water to some of the poorest communities in over 30 countries worldwide.
With TreadRight we set out to ensure equality and peace throughout the workplace and destinations that the TTC family visit. TreadRight and The Travel Corporation encourage this through our zero-tolerance approach to discrimination of all types across our brands. We welcome all who wish to travel with the TTC family, irrespective of their nationality, religion, colour, race, sexual orientation, and disabilities.
Together we work towards reducing our carbon footprint where we can, and by supporting third party initiatives that actively protect our wildlife and environments.
The TreadRight Foundation
AAT Kings encourages the sustainable development of tourism in partnership with the TreadRight Foundation – a not-for-profit organisation established by The Travel Corporation and its family of brands
Learn more about our local conservation projects with Kiwis, Koalas and Tasmanian Devils here.