Boogie Pilgrim strongly believes that tourism is a wonderful opportunity for people to get to know other cultures and their environment. In Madagascar, the encounters take place between western relatively wealthy travellers and people who are among the poorest in the world. In addition travellers pass through unique and fragile ecosystems.
Boogie Pilgrim is convinced that, the adoption of appropriate practices can give an important contribution both to minimize the negative environmental, social and economic impacts and to maximize the positive ones. Travelling has to be a rewarding experience for tourists and, at the same time, a beneficial activity for local communities and for their environment.
In order to reach these objectives, Boogie Pilgrim adopted a Travellers' code of conduct and an Employees' code of conduct.
- Encourage use of internet and emails to share information with clients and suppliers, in order to minimize paper use and transportation.
- Encourage energy saving practices, for electricity and water utilization
- Support conservation, through financial contributions and through recruiting eco-volunteers
- Provide tourists with information on good practices on how to contribute to conservation during their visits.
- Organize encounters between tourists and local communities, respecting and promoting the local culture, in order to increase the local pride and to enrich guests’ experience
- Involve local communities in decision making, when tourism activities involve them or their territory.
- Hire staff according to the national legislation
- Hire and give continuous training to local guides and staff
- Promote visits and encourage paybacks to support rural public schools and local development projects
- Whenever possible, use suppliers which are ethical, locally owned and that promote Malagasy culture and conservation.
- Encourage our customers to buy products which are locally produced instead of imported goods.