It has recently been picked up by one of Asia’s largest travel agencies, JTB, Japan Travel Bureau, the leading Japanese travel agency.
“The Qualmark Green-accredited luxury tour to New Zealand is the first of its kind in the world, providing a range of environmentally-sustainable New Zealand travel products in one package,” said Mr Hiromi Tagawa, President and CEO of JTB Corporation. “New Zealand is the only country in the world with such a robust quality assessment program incorporating strict environmental sustainability practices, fully supported by their national airline.”
It is indeed enouraging for Qualmark Green to be recognized by such a famous agency.
JTB’s ‘Royal Road’, using a theme of eco-luxury, has packaged up an itinerary featuring almost exclusively Qualmark and Qualmark-Green accredited tourism operators in New Zealand including: Millbrook Resort Queenstown, Huka Lodge in Taupo, The Langham Hotel in Auckland, Johnstons Coachlines, and Real Journeys in Milford Sound.
The Royal Road tour also includes a certified carbon-offset contribution for participants and all Royal Road customers will have a tree planted in their name, with GPS tracking, at Mangarara station in the Hawke’s bay – as part of Air New Zealand’s Environmental Trust programme.
Other JTB package tour brands ‘Look’ and ‘Grand Tour’ have also launched new itineraries based on Qualmark-only accredited operators. JTB is aiming to include only Qualmark accredited suppliers in its package tours within the next year.
more info at http://www.responsibletourism.co.nz/