New York state this month launched an
extensive new online guide to sustainable
travel. Officials said the website, which includes
bookable itineraries, makes the state
one of the only u.S. destinations to promote
sustainable tourism on such a large scale.
The guide — The Responsible Travel
Guide to New York State — and itineraries
released Nov. 6 were produced in partnership
with responsibletravel.com, an international
travel organization and pioneer in
sustainable and responsible tourism.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the program
reflects his commitment to increasing tourism,
“conserving the state’s unrivaled natural
wonders” and supporting local communities.
“This initiative will continue to New York state’s history of pioneering environmentally responsible tourism,” Cuomo said. “From our millions of acres of protected wilderness where New Yorkers can hike or kayak, to our vast network of park lands, New York is truly unmatched when it comes to opportunities for sustainable tourism. On top of all that, these assets support eco-friendly jobs and growth in local communities, and ultimately reinforce the value of preservation.”
The Responsible Travel Guide to New York State provides an overview of the culture, history and ecology of each of New York’s regions as well as practical information on public transportation, eco-friendly activities and accommodations.
According to the governor’s office, an easy-to-navigate format invites eco-oriented travelers to discover many lesser known and authentic aspects of New York state.
“Whether visitors want to explore an Amish culture or bicycle along former Erie Canal tow-paths, they’ll find this guide an inspiring and useful resource,” Cuomo said in a new release.
Equally valuable as a planning tool, the guide links to other useful sites as well as a tour section that is constantly growing with a multitude of click-to-book New York itineraries.
For a preview of the new guide, visit: www.responsibletravel.com/holidays/newyork- state/travel-guide.
The guide is being published and promoted by u.K.-based responsibletravel.com. A separate section of the tour operator’s website features a growing catalog of easy-to-book eco-tourism activities in every region of the state.
The online guide and tour program was officially introduced during the Responsible Travel Awards at World Travel Mart in London.
Justin Francis, co-founder of responsibletravel.com, said, his company “is delighted to be working with New York state to find and celebrate the best examples of responsible tourism. I was staggered by the diversity of experiences we found within the state, and by the contribution these make to conservation and communities. I think our clients will be too. We are thrilled that New York state has decided to turn perhaps the most powerful tourism branding in the world, I Love NY, green to help us launch this guide.”
The guide was penned by Catherine Mack, an eco-tourism expert and writer who has contributed to several eco-tourism guidebooks as well as responsible-travel oriented articles for the National Geographic Traveller UK, and The Irish Times. For more New York State travel ideas, visit http://iloveny.com/.