At Venture Uganda Travel (aka. Venture) We like to think we are a responsible tourism company and we try to provide services which help our clients to travel responsibly.
This means we think about how we deliver our services and try to ensure that, on balance, our holidays and educational visits have a positive impact on people, wildlife and environments.
We start from the view that travel is good. At its best, it brings travellers opportunities to visit places, both natural and man-made, to meet people and learn something about how they live. This can create friendships, break down stereotypes, help you understand and appreciate others and other ways of doing things and makes you cherish the natural world. Inevitably, travel shapes you as a person and influences what you think and do.
Travel is also good for the host country: in Uganda tourism is the leading forex earner for the economy. It brings jobs, training and professional development for staff and communities and also opportunities to interact with people from different parts of the world.
However, travel can also have negative effects, especially if it is not done thoughtfully. Pollution, carbon emissions, over-tourism, depletion of resources, disturbance of local people, inauthentic tourist experiences and so on.
At Venture, we simply consider our triple bottom line: our economic, social and environmental performance. We try to do this in an ever-changing world and with a particular focus on education in its broadest sense. We seek inspiration from others and welcome feedback on our own activities.
Promote year-round travel to Uganda and East Africa
Provide authentic community experiences
Prioritise locally-owned suppliers
Promote balanced reporting about Uganda
Ensure our profits stay within Uganda
Promote regional holidays: slow down and stay in one area
Provide expert guides who share their local knowledge
Offer 'off-the-beaten-track' travel experiences
Advise clients using our local knowledge
Recommend responsible accommodation
Help local people and communities to join tourism
Educative visits to wildlife and nature
Carbon offsetting by planting trees in our forest
Employ and develop Ugandan staff
Support other organisations who act responsibly
Sell fairly-priced, quality holidays, accessible to all
Seek technology to help us improve sustainability
Support our own village community
We know you have noticed a couple of weasel words, “where possible”, “on balance”. These are not just a ‘get-out clause’ for us but an acceptance of the reality that we are not perfect. But we believe being imperfect is okay, as long as you are actively trying to be better.
You may also wonder why we refer to “responsible travel” not eco-travel, sustainable travel, regenerative travel, net-positive travel or any other such terms. All are helpful in generating debate, and we will take what we can from that debate, but we simply want to behave responsibly; to play our part in ensuring travel is a good thing, for all concerned.
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