Adventure travel specialist, Explore, has pledged to help the Philippines Appeal with a donation of £2,500.
Following on from the government’s pledge to match the first £5 million donated by members of the public, the adventure travel operator is keen to offer its support to the 6.9 million people who have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan, and is urging agents to do the same.
The money Explore is donating to the appeal comes partly from the lecture fees it has received from the University of Surrey. This academic year, Explore will be delivering a total of 20 lectures on responsible tourism to undergraduate and postgraduate tourism students at the university. The operator feels it is apt that these fees, along with an additional contribution, go towards funding vital supplies and emergency assistance to the millions whose lives have been devastated by the typhoon.
Explore operates one tour to the Philippines visiting areas that have remained unaffected by the typhoon. In line with appeals from the Philippines’ Department of Tourism, all departures are planned to go ahead as normal. Ensuring that the tour does not divert any resources away from affected areas, Explore will continue to visit the country and economically support the local communities, businesses and charities it has contact with along the way.
Ashley Toft, Managing Director of Explore, commented “As a company of passionate travellers, we are all shocked to hear of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Knowing that just £25 could pay for water purification tablets for 10 families for a month, and £50 will feed a family for two weeks, we didn’t have to think twice about donating our lecture fees to the appeal”.
He continued, “The government are matching the first £5 million donated by members of the public to the Philippines appeal, so we’d urge individual customers to get involved and visit www.dec.org.uk. After all, every penny really does count.”
For further information on Explore, visit www.explore.co.uk or call 0844 499 0901.
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Further information on the Philippines Appeal can be found at www.dec.org.uk
* Explore has teamed up with the University of Surrey to create a ‘Sustainable Tourism MSc’, further information on the course can be found here. The course uses Explore as a case study for best practice throughout; students travel on a Tailormade Explore tour to Morocco, visit its office in Farnborough and receive a number of lectures from various members of Explore staff. Explore also gives lectures on responsible tourism to undergraduate Tourism and Hospitality students.
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