Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Trip for Travel Professionals

Ethical Traveler Announces Inaugural Trip to Cuba

Educational tour to explore the future of US/Cuba tourism relations and beyond

Publish Date: 2010-05-26

Berkeley, CA, May 26, 2010 -- 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 ViƱales 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 visit: .

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.

Ethical Traveler is an international alliance of travelers who believe that travel is a powerful tool for international goodwill and cultural understanding. The group seeks to harness the political and economic clout of tourism to support human rights and the environment. Ethical Traveler is a project of the Earth Island Institute.

Contact :
Michael McColl
McColl Communications
Berkeley, CA
+1 (510) 451 0267

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