Bay Area Human Rights Groups To Lead ‘Ethical Journeys’ to Cuba -- Educational Tour Explores the Future of US/Cuba Tourism Relations

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Two Bay Area international non-profit organizations have teamed up to offer a unique travel experience focused on the positive impact that tourism can have on local communities. Global Exchange and Ethical Traveler are collaborating on the first in a series of “ethical journeys” with an in-depth exploration of Cuba in October 2010. The small-group tours adhere to the highest environmental, fair trade, and human rights standards, and focus on country's huge potential for responsible travel. All profits go to support the work of Ethical Traveler.

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"This trip will give participants a whole new way to see Cuba, responsibly and in like-minded company." Michael McColl of Ethical Traveler

Ethical Traveler and Global Exchange's Reality Tours have joined forces to create an extraordinary journey: Cuba, Up Close & Personal: Creating a New Relationship in Travel & Beyond. This is Ethical Traveler's first fundraising tour and provides an in-depth exploration of Cuba, with a focus on the country's huge potential for responsible travel and tourism.

       The tour dates are from October 2-12, 2010. Participants will meet with grassroots community organizers, and visit ecotourism projects across the island. We will dialogue with cultural leaders, educators and travel professionals, exploring how the future of US/Cuba relations will create new opportunities for the ethical traveler. Participants can also look forward to experiencing some of Cuba's timeless attractions—including Old Havana and Viñales Valley (World Heritage Sites), the Tropicana Nightclub, the white sand beaches of Varadero, and emerging ecotourism resorts in Pinar del Rio and Cayo Coco.
       Cuba, Up Close and Personal will be led by Malia Everette, Director of Global Exchange's Reality Tours. Ms. Everette has been facilitating educational and customized trips to Cuba for 20 years, and overseeing Reality Tours to Cuba for over 13 years. Jeff Greenwald, Executive Director of Ethical Traveler and accomplished travel writer, will be co-hosting the tour.
       Global Exchange is licensed as a travel service provider by the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control. This delegation is open to all professionals in the tourism field and professions related to the theme of the delegation. The 11-day journey costs $3500 per person on a double-occupancy basis with single supplements available for an additional $475. For more information and bookings, please contact: http://www.globalexchange.org/tours/1089.html .
       Ethical Journeys is a new collection of small group tours that adhere to the highest environmental, fair trade and human rights standards. All tour profits go to support the work of Ethical Traveler.

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