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As news continues to circulate about President Donald Trump’s complete disregard for the environment following his withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and as he threatens to make funding cuts to National Parks and Monuments, one company has spotted a trend that is rebelling against these executive decisions.
According to Island Routes Caribbean Adventures, Caribbean destinations have actually seen an increase in the number of visitors purchasing eco-tours and environmentally focused experiences within the last few months, compared with the same period in 2016.
The company, which sells 500 unique experiences across the Caribbean region, said it has seen close to a 15% increase in the number of travelers who are actively choosing eco-immersive tours like kayaking and river tubing, and conservation experiences like its turtle release program. These increases are not limited to Jamaica, where the company is headquartered; it has also noticed increases across Antigua, Grenada, Aruba, and the Dominican Republic amongst other destinations.
“Island Routes was founded from a deep-rooted appreciation for the natural world, and a desire to share the natural beauty of the Caribbean, so it’s truly amazing to see travelers responding to the negative news that has surrounded environmental policies over the last few months. I know first-hand that tough choices have to be made when considering what’s best for operations and what’s best for the environment, sometimes the right decision comes at a higher cost, but in the long run we know that these decisions will be the right ones,” commented Adam Stewart, CD, Chief Executive Officer, Island Routes. “Island Routes will continue to seek out incredible experiences that protect the environment and help educate visitors about the Caribbean’s eco-system. We’re going to be here for years to come, so it’s our job to take action now.”
Hopefully Caribbean visitors are setting a trend for the industry as a whole. If Island Routes’ figures are anything to go by, travelers are taking a stand against Trump’s actions with their tourism dollars (track Trump’s actions here with National Geographic).
Island Routes currently offers more than 100 environmentally-focused tours across the region and plans to continue this push into 2018 and beyond.
The company welcomes the continued support from its North American and international visitors for the health and support of the environment in the Caribbean and beyond.
About Island Routes Caribbean Adventures
Island Routes Caribbean Adventures offers guests the ultimate in Caribbean destination experiences, bringing together and certifying the premier excursions that showcase what is unique and beautiful in each of its destinations.
They are much more than tours and excursions; they inspire visitors to LIVE FUNNER, get off the grid and dive into the heart of the islands where setting sail, grabbing the reins, exploring lush peaks and tasting rich flavors are the experiences that become lasting memories. Island Routes currently offers experiences in Antigua; Aruba; the Bahamas; Barbados; the Cayman Islands; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Jamaica; Mexico; Saint Lucia; St. Maarten and the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Island Routes is a six time winner of the World Travel Award for “World’s Leading Caribbean Attraction Company”, and has set the tour industry standard by becoming the only tour company to receive a Six Star Diamond from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS), and has done so five years in a row. In addition, Island Routes has also been awarded four TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Awards.
For additional details, please visit www.islandroutes.com or email [email protected]