Tour Operator Sustainability Step

Leisure Time Tours Group will be providing plant-based compostable water bottles on all their New Zealand tours that would previously have used single-use plastic water bottles.

Leisure Time Tours has recently been awarded a sustainability Gold rating from Tourism New Zealand’s quality assurance organisation; Qualmark.

The travel group, based in Hamilton, organises nationwide New Zealand tours for clients from around the globe, it also owns and operates its own fleet of motor coaches and earlier this year acquired specialist travel company; AgriTravel International.

Water bottles are a prominent request from many coach tour or walking group clients.

While the travel company has always encouraged the recycling of all waste, they recognise that there are flaws in the traditional recycling programmes within New Zealand, and that the manufacture of bottled water uses vast quantities of valuable resources such as oil and water itself.

They decided to work with a New Zealand company called: For the Better Good.

The water company produces a plant-based, oil-free, water bottle that is certified compostable and has a 78% smaller carbon footprint than traditional plastic bottles.

The business is also the first in the world to take responsibility for their water bottles, post-sale, with multiple end of life options and a closed loop collection system.

A Gold Qualmark Sustainable Business Award

recognises the best sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand, with the delivery of exceptional customer experiences an integral part of everything they do.

A Gold Sustainable Tourism Award identifies those businesses leading the way in making the New Zealand tourism industry a world class sustainable visitor destination.

CONTACT: Leisure Time Tours Group, 231 Kahikatea Drive, Hamilton. Phone 07 849 3493, Vicki