ecoDestinations Features UK's Best Responsible Travel Experiences

ecoDestinations Features UK's Best Responsible Travel Experiences

Rediscover the natural and cultural charms of the top international destination!


TIES Press ReleaseWASHINGTON, DC, March 9, 2009 - Consistently ranking among the top six international destinations, and boasting 27 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, there is an endless abundance of awe-inspiring places to explore in the United Kingdom. Many parts of the UK (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), remain wild and pristine, offering unique opportunities to journey off the beaten path and into the great outdoors. Throughout March, ecoDestinations is offering tips on how to experience the best of the UK, while remaining in the good graces of Mother Nature.

EcoAuction of the Month: the United Kingdom

TIES online auction this month features a selection of the finest eco- holiday experiences in the UK, generously donated by TIES’ members and partners who are leading responsible tourism companies in the UK and the world. These auction packages offer unique opportunities to explore beautiful land and seascapes, experience the sublime pace of life in the countryside, be part of grassroots community conservation efforts, and much more! The proceeds from TIES ecoDestinations online auction, hosted monthly on cMarket, a charitable auction community with over 87,000 active bidders, will directly impact TIES work of uniting conservation, communities and sustainable travel.

The Soapbox: Voices of Local Stakeholders and Travellers

Since 1872, London's legendary Hyde Park Speakers Corner for the Sunday Soapbox has offered people the opportunity to speak out about what moves them, promoting true freedom of speech, community, and learning. In similar style, TIES provides the opportunity for stakeholders and travellers to do the same through ecoDestinations.


"We have a national addiction to cheap flights and not enough is being done to provide alternatives," says Sally Broom, Founder, Your Safe Planet, noting that short haul flying is one of the most critical issues in the UK travel market. Sally encourages UK travellers and visitors to get out of London, travel slow and experience local flavours - "Discover the wonderful regional parts of the UK and their fascinating history and in doing so support local tourism. Go to Cornwall and find fabulous gardens, fresh sea air, intriguing local art galleries and sustainable fish restaurants."


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