Contiki Announces Adventurer & Filmmaker Céline Cousteau as their Sustainability Partner

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The Granddaughter of Legendary Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau Unites With The World’s Leading Youth Travel Company To Support Ocean Conservation Initiatives.

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I look forward to collaborating with Contiki Holidays, their team, and travelers; part of the new generation of active citizens making a difference by understanding and protecting the Earth’s resources.

In celebration of Earth Month 2011, Contiki, the world’s leading youth travel company, is excited to announce its partnership with environmentalist, adventurer and world explorer, Céline Cousteau. Céline is the granddaughter of world renowned Jacques Cousteau and the daughter of ocean explorer and filmmaker, Jean-Michel Cousteau.

Contiki has joined with Cousteau to help further educate their travelers and team about environmental issues, particularly marine ecosystems. United through their common goals for sustainable conservation and ocean advocacy, Contiki will work with her guidance to continue building on the achievements of their current Conservation Foundation projects.

“I look forward to collaborating with Contiki Holidays, their team, and travelers; part of the new generation of active citizens making a difference by understanding and protecting the Earth’s resources,” said Céline Cousteau, “The health of our fragile oceans are key to the well-being of our planet as a whole and Contiki‘s choice to help protect the marine environment is a cause which deeply resonates with me.”

As an ‘oceanaut’, Céline Cousteau’s frequent global travels have seen her embarking on expeditions to the Peruvian Amazon, following the grey whale migration from Baja, California to Alaska and researching shark species on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. She is a passionate spokesperson and expedition member for her father’s non-profit organization, Ocean Futures Society whose mission is to educate responsible citizens and to raise awareness about ocean protection. Cousteau has hosted ocean documentaries for both PBS and The Discovery Channel.

Contiki is a founding member of the Travel Corporation Conservation Foundation. The Conservation Foundation is a not-for-profit organization which supports work that fosters sustainable tourism and protects culturally & ecologically sensitive areas around the world. In 2011, Contiki Holidays is actively supporting two projects involved in the critical task of marine protection. From contributing to young environmentalists in their hands-on work protecting the world’s second largest barrier reef via the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership program to funding Oceana's valuable research work in the Mediterranean.

“We are looking forward to working with Céline in her role as Contiki’s Sustainability Partner, who is an inspiring role model as she continues the meaningful work of the Cousteau legacy through education,” said David Hosking, Managing Director of Contiki Holidays. “As a documentary filmmaker and gifted storyteller, Celine has a fantastic ability to connect with people from diverse cultures. It’s through these stories that she helps educate and encourage individuals to become responsible global citizens, and to better understand their own natural environments.”

For the next three years, Cousteau will interact with Contiki’s young travelers and team, spreading the word through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter, as well as communicating with them via video updates on Contiki’s website and their YouTube channel. Contiki is also proud to support Cousteau’s initiatives including sponsoring her upcoming Ocean Inspiration: A tribute to Jacques Cousteau's 100th anniversary gala fundraiser and public forum in New York City and Washington, DC.

See Cousteau’s message for Contiki travelers at http://www.contiki.com/celinecousteau

About Contiki:
Contiki has inspired 18 - 35 year olds to travel to the world's most fantastic destinations for 50 years. The trips are hassle-free and include the perfect mix of sightseeing, culture and free time. Travelers can choose from over 190 itineraries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada & the USA. For more information, please visit http://www.Contiki.com

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