Voluntourism Leader Hands Up Holidays Awarded ‘Best Responsible Tourism Website’ 2008

Hands Up Holidays, the travel company that combines sightseeing with enriching voluntourism experiences, has just been awarded ‘Best Responsible Tourism Website’ in the 2008 Travelmole Web Awards.

A record 1,200 nominations were received for this year’s awards which pay homage to the best travel-related websites. Hands Up Holidays won the “Best Responsible Tourism” category – a considerable achievement given that the operator is just over two years old and Responsible Travel is one of the fastest growing segments within travel.

Hands Up Holidays revamped its website recently to make it even easier for community-conscious travellers to locate exactly what they need. New functions have been introduced to allow clients to search for holidays in specific categories such as ‘family’, ‘honeymoon’ and ‘in-style’, or simply to choose by preferred destination.

CEO Christopher Hill comments, “Our commitment to incredible voluntourism experiences that enrich both participants and communities has clearly paid dividends as we consolidate our position at the top of the voluntourism sector.”

Travelmole is an online news portal for the travel and tourism industry with over 450,000 subscribers worldwide. The Travelmole Web awards are judged by a panel of industry-recognised representatives from sectors including tour operating, technology supply and destination marketing.

Note to editors:
Hands up Holidays, the voluntourism operator who believes that travel can make a positive difference through a taste of volunteering, offers a selection of 150 trips to 32 destinations blending travel with meaningful voluntourism experiences.

All Carbon Emissions from Flights are Offset – Hands Up Holidays, partnered with Climate Stewards, pays to have trees planted or for other energy efficient solutions to be provided to guests.

Putting Profits Back – Hands Up Holidays gives at least 10% of its profits back to its project partners for further community development.
Partners include Rotary International and Tear Fund. Hands Up Holidays is also a founding member of the Ethical Tour Operators Group and an affiliate member of Green Globe.

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