Month: May 2014

Beach clean in Cape Verde

Sal beach clean

To celebrate World Turtle Day, Isabel Kearney, Travel Foundation’s Destinations Programme Officer for Cape Verde took part in a beach clean on 25th May in Sal. The beach clean, which was organised by SOS Turtles, saw local residents and the SOS Turtles team come together on Kite Beach to collect litter. Isabel said:

“Despite being the most popular of Sal’s beaches for kite surfers, I was surprised by how much rubbish we collected – we filled twelve large bags in an hour with plastic jerry cans, bits of fishing nets and broken glass bottles.”

Isabel is in Sal for two weeks working with National Programme Manager Débora Abu-Raya visiting the Travel Foundation’s projects and attending the Destination Council.

For more information on the Travel Foundation’s work in Cape Verde, please visit our project pages and if you are in the travel industry, sign up for a beach clean as part of this July’s Make Holidays Cleaner campaign.


New turtle protection tool launched on World Turtle Day

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Today is World Turtle Day! And to celebrate we’ve launched a brand new turtle protection tool, designed to help hotels, tour operators, excursion providers and other tourism businesses become more “turtle friendly”.

Based on findings from a pilot scheme with four Karisma hotels in Mexico, the free online tool is packed with information and resources about beach management, excursion planning, staff training and customer communications.

The tool was developed in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). Dr Peter Richardson, Biodiversity Programme Manager at MCS, said, “This valuable web resource should help make UK tourism far more friendly to threatened turtle populations around the world.”

Visit the new turtle protection tool

Regular Travel Lottery player wins £1,000 for travel fund

Travel Lottery subscriber Davy Tague from London has won the second monthly draw, scooping £1,000 towards his travel fund.

“I love to visit new places and meet lots of different people, so I signed up to play The Travel Lottery each month,” says Davy. “It’s a good cause and I wanted to win the prize for my travel fund – and now it’s happened! I’m going travelling around the world for a year and this money is going to be a really big help.”

You can buy Travel Lottery tickets online at or via our travel partners.