IT’S A TEAM GAME…
When we first embarked on this journey to create the world’s first travel organisation to solely focus on the low seasons, we quickly realised that such an undertaking could only be accomplished with the help and support of similar thinking partner organisations. We are truly proud to be working with some of the most innovative, exciting and trusted organisations in the travel industry today.
When we first mentioned our hopes of disrupting the global travel industry to Olivier Jager, the Founder and CEO of ForwardKeys, he offered to help us immediately. We knew that we needed to understand when the global demand and arrivals into tourism destinations were at their lowest and ForwardKeys are the natural and perfect partner for this type of data.
ForwardKeys have an incredibly sophisticated dataset which means that they are able to identify who’s travelling where and when at any given time in the past or in the near future. They work with Airports, Tourism Authorities, Retailers and anyone else whos business depends upon knowing the world’s traveller’s movements. Find out more and learn exactly how we work with ForwardKeys here.
The World Tourism Association of Culture and Heritage (WTACH) is a unique global organisation which strives to build the bridge between cultural heritage and tourism. We have worked with WTACH since 2018 and are proud to be Founder Members of the organisation.
Over-tourism and surges in tourism during the peak seasons can have a devastating effect on cultural heritage assets. We have recently witnessed graffiti on ancient tombs in Egypt, the theft of mosaic tiles in Pompeii and an increase in tourists to Rapanui (Easter Island) to such an extent that this tourism destination with a population of just under 10,000 is now seeing annual tourist numbers in excess of 100,000 and an ensuing waste disposal problem which has unbelievably led to 20 tonnes of garbage (mostly recyclable) being flown daily, over 3,000 km to the mainland of Chile.
Our Cultural Heritage is where we came from, it’s who we were and who we are. It’s the invisible skin which forms part of our identity and it is unbelievably fragile. As in nature, once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. You can’t replant it.
However, Cultural Heritage can work in complete harmony with tourism. It can drive tourism and conversely, tourism can protect cultural heritage.
We are proud to be founding members of WTACH because we similarly believe that Cultural Heritage and Tourism need to work closely together in order that we can protect and preserve our cultural heritage assets for future generations to come.
You can find out more about the World Tourism Association for Cultural Heritage here.
We always wanted to inspire people to travel during the low seasons in each destination we featured and of course, the next logical step is for people to be able to book low season travel experiences. Some people like to go it alone, and some prefer to book with highly recommended, multi-award winning, trusted experts who will ensure that they have the very best experience from booking right the way through to returning home again. Designer Travel are ABTA and ATOL protected and each one of their 85 homeworking agents has a wealth of experience both booking and travelling all around the world. Find out more about why we trust Designer Travel with all of our agency bookings here.