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This Eco-Travel Fair Makes Sustainable Tourism More Accessible

Whether you’re a budget traveler or a luxury traveler, there’s always room for more awareness when it comes to how our travels impact our planet.
IMAGE COURTESY OF WWF-PHILIPPINES NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL
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The concept of being more environmentally aware has gained traction in recent years. As such, we’ve learned how to adopt diets that are good for us, and that are even better for the planet. More than that, sustainability is a lifestyle. These days, we can be more eco-friendly in almost everything that we do, traveling included.

Bridging the gap between sustainable travel and the people, WWF Philippines’ National Youth Council and the SSI Group, Inc. have collaborated in introducing the Green Wanderer Travel Fair.

“Right now, there is no common online platform to find all the sustainable travel options in the Philippines, which is why it was timely to organize a travel fair housing various sustainable options for the people,” says Alexa Cancio, chairperson of WWF-Philippines National Youth Council.

The youth-led project hopes to spread awareness about sustainable travel while promoting local culture through the sale of products by local artisans and “uniquely curated itineraries” for travelers.

The sustainable travel fair is home to exhibitors like El Nido Resorts, GetGo Rewards by Cebu Pacific, Skyjet Airlines, Reef PH, Lagalag, Banana Peel, The Circle Hostel, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort, Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), Travel Factor, Locally PH, Green Wanderer Line, and WWF-Philippines. A portion of the proceeds and the exhibitor’s contributions will be donated to WWF Philippines.


T&C's Yvette Fernandez, WWF's Gigi Montinola, and SSI's Anton Huang and Nina Huang

“The most interesting feature of the Green Wanderer travel fair is that it is green. Travel fairs are common, but WWF wanted to put a twist on this one. It’s as much a testament to sustainability and conservation efforts in the Philippines as it is a fun tourism experience," says Nikki Huang, a member of the National Youth Council of WWF-Philippines.  "Travel takes on a whole other level of significance when done in a way that not only reduces harm, but is beneficial to the environment and local people and animals, and this is something that all of the organizations represented at this fair stand for."

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The people behind Green Wanderer

The three-day event includes various activities, special promotions, and raffle prizes for attendees. A stay at El Nido Resorts will be raffled off to lucky winners, along with overnight stays at The Circle Hostel (Zambales, La Union, and Baler) and Palawan’s Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort. Guests may also win flights to Siargao or Batanes via Skyjet Airlines. Cebu Pacific will be giving away GetGo cards and rewards, plus a round-trip flight to a local destination. As for special promotions, all Mastercard cardholders will receive exclusive offers from Stores Specialists, Inc. brands located at Bonifacio High Street and Central Square.

The works of underwater photographer Scott “Gutsy” Tuason’s are also on site, showcasing the beauty of the Philippines’ marine assets and conservation awareness. A sustainability forum, to be hosted by CNN Philippines’ Mitzi Borromeo will be held on August 12, from 9 to 11 a.m.

SSI Group, Inc. President Anton Huang says, “It’s a privilege to be able to partner with WWF on this truly unique event. Travel has become a big part of all of our lives. Whether you’re a budget traveler or a luxury traveler, there’s always room for more awareness when it comes to how our travels impact our planet. Creating Green Wanderer is our way of practicing this advocacy here in our own backyard, and presenting Filipino travelers with options and ideas.”

Green Wanderer Travel Fair is ongoing through Sunday, August 13,  at Central Square, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

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