4 July 2019

Taking the right souvenirs back home

Online Guide offers guests tips about how to buy more responsible souvenirs

Handicraft products, jewellery, culinary delights – keepsakes of a trip away are very popular. However, some souvenirs leave a bitter aftertaste as they may, for instance, harm biodiversity at the destination or adversely impact the habitats of endangered wildlife species. TUI’s new online Souvenir Guide offers guests tips on how to preserve biodiversity at the destination, contribute to the local economy by purchasing regional products, and avoid any unpleasant surprises when passing through customs.

The information was compiled in cooperation with the Global Nature Fund (GNF), an international foundation for nature and the environment. The Guide currently provides general information for a whole range of souvenirs. In addition, separate Guides have been prepared for Turkey and the Dominican Republic, reflecting the particular characteristics of these two popular holiday destinations. They provide travellers with information about souvenirs they should avoid – and products they can take back home as keepsakes with a clear conscience. Creating Souvenir Guides for additional countries has already begun.

“With its new website on souvenirs and biodiversity, TUI exerts its influence to help protect endangered species of flora and fauna. As an organisation founded to foster the protection of nature, the Global Nature Fund supports these activities,” said Dr Thomas Schaefer, Head of Nature Conservation at Global Nature Fund.

As a leading tourism group, TUI uses its influence to initiate sustainable change, including, of course, environmental and climate protection. The company uses its power to create change in order to foster the social and economic benefits of tourism. At the same time, it continues to invest in innovation and technologies reducing the ecological footprint of travel. TUI’s Souvenir Guides enables its customers to play their part in the protection of the environment in holiday destinations. TUI also promotes a number of environmental protection projects, e.g. in cooperation with TUI Care Foundation.

Additionally, TUI CEO Fritz Joussen signed the WTTC’s Travel & Tourism Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade along with other CEOs of tourism companies last year, committing TUI to actively supporting the global fight against illegal wildlife trade. The Souvenir Guides leverage TUI’s customer base of more than 21 million holidaymakers in order to contribute towards that goal.

You find the new Souvenir Guide here.