To celebrate World Tourism Day we are re-opening our Greenlife Fund for 2019 applications. Our fund was designed to support a sustainable tourism innovation associated with any of the walking or cycling routes that we work with.
Every September 27th since 1980 the UNWTO celebrates World Tourism Day. The day was initiated to recognise the role of tourism in greater society.
At IrelandWays.com we are passionate about all of the routes we walk and cycle across and want to support the environments of the trails. Eco-friendly travel can help to preserve the culture of an area, reduce the impact on the environment, provide economic benefits for the local communities and protect the trails we love.
Each year we allocate €1,500 to a responsible travel project that contributes to the local economy and inspires others to be mindful when walking the trails. In addition to the funding we provide marketing and promotional support, travel logistics help and time to consult with our expert travel team.
For 2017 and 2018 we supported the Mossy Earth replanting initiatives in both Ireland and Portugal. Together we have helped to replant thousands of trees across both regions.
In 2016 we used the Greenlife Fund to support the Burren Way Trail Wardens project in Ireland. It was designed to train wardens that now help to maintain and manage this fantastic walking trail in Ireland.
Before that we sponsored A Greener Future who embarked on a clean the Camino trek along the Portuguese Coastal Way. Their great Camino clean-up led to the collection of over 6,000 pieces of litter along the trail.
Our first initiative allowed us to get behind the story of I’ll Push You, two amazing individuals who continue to inspire us today. In 2014, Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray set out on an adventure like no other when Patrick agreed to push Justin the full 800km full route of the Camino Frances in his wheelchair.
To continue enjoying the natural beauty, the culture and the places that we visit it is important that we support initiates that lead to more responsible travel. With the Greenlife Fund dedicating support to projects each year we feel that we can continue to support the routes that we walk and cycle across.
If you would like to apply for the Greenlife Fund or know of a worthwhile project that we could support we would love to hear from you. Learn more about the submission guidelines and the Greenlife Fund criteria here.
For more information about the Greenlife Fund for 2019 please contact a member of our team.