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.
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. To date, the foundation has helped support more than 35 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. Within Australia and New Zealand AAT Kings is also proud to support a number of important projects with a particular focus on wildlife conservation.
TreadRight’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. We encourage each of our partners to use this principle to guide all of their actions, whether at our regional offices or when taking guests around the world. By providing grants to organisations that encourage sustainability in different destinations, we hope to maintain the natural attractions across the world that define each unique region. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.
To learn more about TreadRight, please visit us at treadright.org.
AAT Kings and TreadRight Conservation Projects
AAT Kings is proud to support a number of important conservation projects within Australia and New Zealand with a particular focus on wildlife conservation.
Koalas at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
AAT Kings and TreadRight have teamed up with Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors to support the koala rehabilitation project at Australia Zoo's Wildlife Hospital – the country's largest and busiest wildlife facility.
We'll provide Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors with a substantial donation over two years to support the medical treatment and rehabilitation of koalas at the centre, as well as the building of eco-friendly constructions that will help protect those that are sick and orphaned.
As one of Australia's most beloved marsupials, koalas are among the most commonly treated patients at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, which cares for nearly 800 koalas each year at an average cost of $1,500 per koala.
The world-class team of vets and nurses at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital are kept extremely busy treating around 100 koalas at any one time during the peak season, with 75,000 members of the public touring the hospital each year. The single biggest reason for koalas being admitted to the hospital is from being hit by vehicles as a result of increasing urbanisation and the impact of the human footprint spreading into koalas’ natural habitat.
We're truly passionate about showcasing the very best of Australia to fellow Aussies and international visitors, however we feel that it's just as important to spend time educating and informing others about wildlife conservation and there’s no better place to learn about this than at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Our guests will visit the hospital on our Queensland Guided Holidays and can see firsthand the incredible work that the team there does.
AAT Kings supports the conservation of New Zealand’s iconic native bird, the endangered kiwi. We contribute to the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Breeding Program in Rotorua to hatch and raise kiwi chicks, perform health checks and daily monitoring, as well as fund research into kiwi incubation and rearing. We aim to help Rainbow Springs raise awareness of the protection of these precious birds and continue to play a vital role in their survival.
Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal
AAT Kings has also joined forces with The Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal in an effort to protect Tasmania’s iconic Devils from the fatal Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) epidemic currently endangering these animals. Through the sponsorship AAT Kings will support five Tasmanian devils who are part of the devil vaccine research working being undertake at the University of Tasmania, Menzies Institute for Medical research. The donation will make a critical contribution to the husbandry (management, care and feeding) of the research devils.
To learn more about our work with TreadRight, visit treadright.org
Little Penguins at Phillip Island Nature Park
AAT Kings has supported the world’s leading research facility for Little Penguins on Phillip Island in Victoria. Our support has contributed to a penguin weighbridge to monitor the health of the penguins. Interpretive signs were also erected to help educate visitors about the local environment and this important penguin colony.
Visitors to Phillip Island can witness the sunset ritual of hundreds of wild Little Penguins emerging from the sea and marching across the beach to their sand dune burrows. The Penguin Parade is the best place in the world to experience this completely natural phenomenon and provides researchers with unique insights into penguin colonies.
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.
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.