Make Travel Matter

Our Commitment

We’re captivated by the places we visit, from the rugged, crimson sands of Australia’s outback deserts to the verdant forests and inky depths of New Zealand’s fjords and valleys. Our passion for our lands, their people and wildlife is part of what makes each AAT Kings experience unique, and is why we work with partners who share our vision for making travel matter, now and in the future. When you travel with AAT Kings and any of our sister brands you can be assured that you are choosing to travel with a company that puts sustainability and the planet at the core of everything we do.

The TreadRight Foundation was founded over a decade ago as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands with a mission to ensure our trips have a positive impact, and AAT Kings is proud to be a founding member.

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Community support and cultural preservation by targeting overtourism through the inclusion of new MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experiences, the creation of a standalone strategy to encourage greater diversity and inclusion at AAT Kings, and our global give-back efforts.

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Sustainability and conservation by targeting climate change, sustainable food production and responsible consumption through carbon management, renewable energy, the food cycle, waste reduction, and the elimination of single-use plastics.

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Conservation and protection by targeting animal welfare and conservation, and ethical wildlife experiences through our Animal Welfare Policy.

AAT Kings supports the following projects

In partnership with the TreadRight Foundation, we have supported more than 55 sustainable tourism projects worldwide which seek to protect wildlife and marine life and have a positive impact on the people and communities we visit. Each tourism project we support is assessed based on its impact on each of the TreadRight pillars of people, planet and wildlife, underpinned by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which combine to form the basis for our five-year sustainability strategy, How We Tread Right (HWTR).

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Kiwi Conservation with the National Kiwi Hatchery

Since 1995 Rainbow Springs Nature Park in Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island has provided vital support to vulnerable populations of the flightless Kiwi bird, a beloved national species. The species is under threat from predators and their ground nests lack adequate protection, causing their population to decline each year. To date the National Kiwi Hatchery at Rainbow Springs has hatched more than 2,000 eggs, providing a safe environment for birds to hatch, releasing them into ideal habitats in the wild so that they can continue to reproduce. You can visit the Hatchery to learn more about the vital work they are doing to ensure the survival of the species, with less than 70,000 kiwis left in the wild.

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Save the Tasmanian Devil

In some areas, more than 80% of the Tasmanian Devil population has been wiped out by Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) which continue to spread through wild populations in Tasmania. In conjunction with the TreadRight Foundation, AAT Kings support the work done at the University of Tasmania to develop a vaccine to ensure the population of Tasmanian devils can thrive disease-free in the wild. Guests travelling on selected Tasmanian tours can spend time observing the nocturnal behaviour of the Tasmanian Devil and learn more about these fascinating creatures with our Devils After Dark experience.

How We Tread Right (HWTR)

Launched in 2020, How We Tread Right is AAT Kings' five-year sustainability strategy. It is the sustainability blueprint for us and out sister brands under our parent company, The Travel Corporation (TTC).

Our strategy is based on 11 measurable goals anchored to the United Nations’ Global Goals, which address the issues of climate change, sustainable food production, waste reduction, travel experiences, diversity and inclusion, and wildlife.

Learn more about how choosing AAT Kings means choosing a travel company that puts sustainability at the heart of everything we do.


Goal 1
Climate Change

Achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 or sooner

Goal 2
Climate Change

Source 50% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2025

Goal 3
Sustainable Food Production

Reduce food waste by 50% across all hotels and ships by 2025

Goal 4
Sustainable Food Production

Increase use of local & organic food products by our supply chain by 2025

Goal 5
Responsible Consumption

Reduce printed brochures by 50% by 2025

Goal 6
Responsible Consumption

Eliminate as many unnecessary single-use plastics from our operations and itineraries by 2022

Goal 7

Include at least 1 Make Travel Matter Experience on 50% of TTC itineraries by 2025

Goal 8

Achieve a 20% increase of itineraries visiting developing regions for select specialist brands by 2025

Goal 9
Our Culture

Increase employee and market sentiment regarding diversity and inclusion across our brands

Goal 10
Our Culture

Complete 30,000 volunteer hours by 2025

Goal 11
Animal Welfare

Achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 or sooner

We are committed to transparency. To learn more about progress we are making against these goals, view our 2021 Impact Report here.


Climate Action Plan

Goals #1 and #2 of our sustainability strategy, How We Tread Right (HWTR) respectively commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 or sooner, and to ensuring that 50% of our electricity is secured from renewable sources by 2025.

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To ensure we are successful, we've built a Climate Action Plan. Our five-point plan will help us manage the carbon footprint of our business and trips, and prioritises reducing and removing emissions ahead of offsetting. In addition, we commit to learning and adapting as technology and innovation help us in our transition to a low-carbon business. Our plan builds on progress made to date and evaluates how we become a part of the global effort to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century, as outlined by the International Panel on Climate Change.

Since the launch of our strategy HWTR, global action on the world’s response to climate change has continued to advance, and our commitment to evolve has enabled us to match that advancement. The most significant change we’ve made since the launch of our plan is our decision to commit to net zero.

In the next step of our journey to net zero, our parent company The Travel Corporation (TTC) has formally committed to carbon reduction targets that are aligned with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). These targets are currently under review by the SBTi and will be announced later this year. Science-based targets ensure we play our part in reducing our emissions in line with keeping the global temperature below a warming of 1.5° C by mid-century.

This will require bold and ambitious action across our business, and as a member of TTC’s family of brands, we, along with our sister brands, have immense opportunity for impact. TTC’s Scope 1 + 2 target will tackle the emissions from owned ground transport fleet, Uniworld ships, Red Carnation Hotels, as well as our shared global offices and facilities. Our shared Scope 3 target will address our indirect emissions including trip emissions.


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Partnership with offset provider

AAT Kings has partnered with leading offset provider South Pole to offset select emissions, including residual emissions from our offices as well as from business travel. You too can purchase carbon offsets for the emissions produced by your travels. South Pole has 700+ high quality, and verifiable offset projects that are an important part of the global green transition.

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Climate is a shared challenge

As a founding signatory to the Glasgow Declaration, and signatories to Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency, we are committed to working together with our industry to find solutions to the climate crisis. Read our declaration of a climate emergency and learn more about our efforts here.



There are plenty of things we can all do while travelling to contribute to sustainable tourism practices. We’ve developed a series of tours that each include a signature MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, allowing our guests to see and understand firsthand the important work we support and its impact.


What is a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience?


These experiences have been selected based on the social and environmental impact they have on their communities and those who experience them.

By choosing to travel on an AAT Kings journey that includes a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, you can be assured that you will be contributing in a meaningful way to the people and places you visit. Each MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience is assessed against a robust set of criteria using a proprietary assessment tool endorsed by industry experts and developed exclusively for The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands.

As our guest, you’ll be assured that your on-trip experience will have a positive impact, and will encourage the greatest community benefit.


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Animal Welfare Policy

AAT Kings is committed to only offering ethical wildlife experiences on our trips guided by TreadRight’s Animal Welfare Policy to support a tourism industry free of animal cruelty. The policy is based on the Five Domains of Animal Welfare and you can read more about the policy here.



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