This is the first in a 3 part blog series offering advice and ideas on how to improve incentive travel to make it greener and more sustainable - wherever the destination might be.Part one describes 5 questions travel planners should ask their partner Destination Management Company about their own green practices. The first step in creating a greener incentive is to ensure your partners have a green outlook too!
1. What do you do in your own business practices to promote a greener working environment?
Look out for comments like 'reduce, reuse, recycle'; ask if they have a 'green champion' or someone who promotes green and sustainable practices within their organisation.
2. Do you consider the green policies when choosing local suppliers?
This can be tricky for DMC's especially if their clients request certain venues / hotels etc, however they should display some knowledge about their suppliers credentials if they are recognising the impact of their own business operations.
3. Do you have / promote any green activities in your destination?
This will tell you if they simply practice green in-house, or if they are truly promoting green and sustainable travel issues to their clients.
For example, Hello Scotland promote carbon neutral tree planting and volunteering as two green / sustainable 'give back' activities for groups.
4. Do you think 'green' events and incentives is a fad?
This will be an interesting answer which I'm sure you can judge for yourself!
5. Have your own green efforts been recognised in any way?
Have they received any awards or accreditations for their green / sustainable efforts?
For example, here in the UK tourism organisations who have been awarded a Green Tourism Business Scheme award are taking steps to improve their sustainability.