Agents in the Manchester and Newcastle regions are invited to discover unique, sustainable products from Ecuador, Tunisia, Nepal and Uzbekistan at two roadshows coming to the regions next week.
Organiser Import Promotion Desk (IPD) has themed the roadshows High Tea Around the World, where agents will have the opportunity for informal networking with 14 sustainable tourism companies over a tea-tasting experience and product presentations.
Attendees can benefit from varied first-hand destination information, a marketplace of companies offering exceptional adventure and special tours and tea tasting with tea specialities from all partner countries.
Meet Ecuadorian Amazon lodges run by indigenous communities, get inspired by Uzbekistan’s first To Do Award winner and listen to how the Community Homestay Network has made a huge difference for rural Nepali women.
In Nepal, Uzbekistan and Ecuador, IPD supports tourism projects where travellers explore secluded regions and stay overnight with local people.
The Community Homestay Network Nepal works with small communities throughout the country and allows visitors to become part of everyday village life.
With Responsible Travel Uzbekistan, travellers can visit remote villages of the Nuratau Mountains and walk from homestay to homestay.
In the Kapawi Eco Lodge in Ecuador, guests live in a more luxurious setting and are part of the community at the same time, experiencing the culture up close and authentically.
IPD Expert for Sustainable Tourism Nora Eichkorn said: “We have carefully selected all the companies in the IPD programme and have prepared them for the requirements of the European market”,
“One of the main criteria is that companies align their offer with the principle of sustainability. Our pre-selection process is designed to add value and reduce the workload for outbound tour operators.
“Our goal is to make the travel offer more ecologically and socially sustainable.”
It’s not just the Brits who love tea. Tea tradition is also held high in Uzbekistan and Ecuador: oriental tea from the Silk Road and the ritual of sharing guayusa from the Ecuadorian Kichwa.
The IPD roadshows take place on 9 November in Manchester and 10 November in Newcastle.