San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 3, 2007
Viator.com, the leading online resource for researching and booking activities in 75 countries worldwide, has formed a partnership with Carbonfund.org to offset its company-related carbon emissions and help educate travelers about minimizing their carbon footprint on the environment.
Through its partnership with Carbonfund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting climate change education, carbon offsets and green power, Viator is targeting a 100 percent carbon-neutral corporate environment. As part of its roadmap to reach its goal, Viator will offset its corporate travel - estimated at 1.2 million miles in 2007 - with renewable energy credits, and minimize business-related CO2 emissions through conservation practices and more conscientious technology purchases. As an e-commerce business, Viator's operations are virtually paper-free and involve limited shipping, often associated with high CO2 emissions.
Viator will also serve as an information source for travelers who want to learn more about carbon offsetting and environmental sustainability. As Viator's customers research and book destination activities, they will also have the opportunity to link to Carbonfund.org to offset their travel-related emissions, and any CO2 emissions related to their annual household carbon footprint.
"At Viator we are passionate about travel, but also sensitive to the effects many types of travel can have on our environment," said Rod Cuthbert, CEO and founder of Viator.com. "As a global travel company, we have an important responsibility to neutralize our impact on the environment while also helping our customers around the world minimize theirs. Carbonfund.org is an ideal partner and we're excited to join with them to work toward a solution to this very complex problem."
"Carbonfund.org is thrilled to partner with Viator in the fight against climate change," said Carbonfund.org Executive Director Eric Carlson. "Climate change affects every one of us, we are all responsible for it and we all must be part of the solution. Viator's leadership is further proof that protecting our climate is good for the environment and business."
Many of the products in Viator's range of more than 5,000 destination activities have low-to-no impact on the environment they explore. Walking and hiking tours, bicycle tours and Segway excursions (battery operated) are all increasingly popular (and aerobic) ways to explore a destination that help to minimize any environmental impact.
Viator is the world's leading online resource for travel experiences - the things you do when you get there - providing access to more than 5,000 sightseeing tours, attractions and activities in 450-plus destinations in more than 75 countries, as well as customer reviews, star ratings and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator -- the Latin word for traveler -- offers online consumers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities that meet a variety of tastes and preferences, including sightseeing tours, theater tickets, soft adventure trips, attraction passes, wine and culinary excursions, and many "well kept secrets" off the beaten path. Viator's in-house travel experts help take the guess work out of planning by hand-picking respected and trusted local operators to ensure a quality experience, value and service. Viator, founded in 1995, sells its products directly to consumers at http://www.viator.com and through its growing global network of more than 4,000 affiliates that include major hotel and airline companies, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.
Carbonfund.org is the country's leading carbon reduction and offset organization. Carbonfund.org educates the public about the dangers of climate change and makes it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbonfund.org is reducing the threat of climate change by promoting cost-effective carbon reductions and supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally that reduce and offset carbon dioxide emissions. Carbonfund.org works with over 100 corporate and non-profit partners including the National Wildlife Federation, Dell, IMD, Ovation Travel Group and Working Assets.