London, UK (PRWEB) March 1, 2007
Early 2007 has seen Dragoman Overland taking joint second place in AITO's Responsible Tourism Awards and at Destinations travel show last week, being amongst the top ten finalists, from 595 companies, competing for Wanderlust magazine's 'Top Tour Operator' award - they must be doing something right.
AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators) is the first tourism industry association to incorporate a commitment to Responsible Tourism into its business charter. Through this award, Dragoman Overland is now acknowledged as a company that 'epitomises the very ideals of Responsible Tourism with the creation of a policy statement, tourism guidelines and a strong commitment to local community projects.
Dragoman Overland (http://www.dragoman.com) means overlanding with absolute expertise and professionalism, allowing time to experience not only traveling but also being there - less driving, less rushing, more wildlife, more relaxation and more contact with the local communities. This considered approach is well illustrated by Dragoman's 16-night East African Overland & Zanzibar, a journey often truncated into 12-nights by other operators, departing Nairobi for Dar es Salaam 9th April 2007. Dragoman Overland's commitment is to allow you the time to experience this region: it's an adventure holiday, not the average Tanzania safari.
Dragoman Overland marketing director, Charlie Hopkinson, describes the thinking behind the tour's design, 'This part of East Africa is hardly an undiscovered destination but given a little extra time those traveling through can experience whole lot more than just the highlights and by doing so offer more direct benefit to local communities en route. On this journey, travelers are given more time to appreciate the true atmosphere of a Serengeti adventure and of a Ngorongoro hiking trail. Moreover, extra 4-days allow the inclusion of a successful community project at Langalanga, where travelers get hands-on with the latest Kariandusi Schools Trust project.' And he adds 'We know that this small investment in time means a great deal to local people and gives our travelers a much richer and more valid overland travel experience.'
Hence the idea of Responsible Tourism, a commitment that involves all the aspects of a Dragoman Overland adventure holiday. Wherever its trucks are in the world, Dragoman Overland prefers to use and support the local owned businesses, making sure that native communities can benefit economically from Dragoman's presence. Dragoman adventure travel trips are always planned with a special regard to environmental issues, trying to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as is possible. Moreover, since 1994, Dragoman Overland has decided to give something back to the native communities met on the journeys, and this has lead to a commitment to local development projects.
The East African Overland & Zanzibar journey costs £675 plus kitty of $570 (~£300) including travel aboard Dragoman Overland's customised Mercedes-Benz overland truck, hotel and camping accommodation (25%/75%), all camp meals plus the expertise of Dragoman's two person crew and local campmaster. For full details see http://www.dragoman.com/destinations/tripdetails.php?cat=xnd
About Dragoman Overland:
Dragoman Overland (http://www.dragoman.com) has over forty years experience running overland adventure trips across four continents: Africa, Asia, North and Latin America. They run overland adventures with absolute expertise and professionalism. Five years ago, Dragoman and Encounter Overland merged their knowledge into the Dragoman Overland adventure travel company that exists today.
One of the most important characteristics of any overland travel is the training of the crew. Dragoman Overland is proud of the preparation provided to its team, which, combined with its own resourcefulness, common sense and teamwork, means the group is well equipped to deal with whatever the road throws at it.
Dragoman Overland has a combined fleet of over 35 Dragoman Overland and Encounter overland trucks around the world. They have pioneered more routes then any other adventure travel operator, and their administration, training and maintenance are based in Suffolk, England. The overland adventure travel company is renowned for its trips and interest in responsible tourism, benefiting the local people of the countries they visit.