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Ski Total grows for next winter

CHALET SPECIALIST Ski Total is to expand next winter following its takeover by Hotelplan. Ski Total, along with sister brand Esprit

Holidays, was purchased by Hotelplan in May in a deal worth a reported £25 million. The operator has added three new European

resorts – Ischgl in Austria, Italy’s Arabba and Alpe d’Huez in France – as well as 31 new properties for the 2010–11 season. Head of marketing Moira Clarke said: “We

Teaching in a Kenyan school is one of the options in the Human Nature programme

Virgin taps into Human Nature

Rob Gill.

VIRGIN HOLIDAYS has become the first mainstream tour operator to produce a programme based on holidays ranked by their environ- mental and social impact on the destination.

The long-haul specialist has cre- ated the Human Nature Collection programme which brings together all of its product across the globe which meets high environmental and community criteria. Marketing director Andrew Shelton said:

“Many of the hotels and excursions have been chosen because they prioritise employing local people and using locally-owned businesses, so more of our customer’s money stays in the destination.” Virgin has also added more volunteering

holidays allowing customers to help with build- ing projects and teach at local schools in Kenya, South Africa and Thailand. Virgin launched “vol- untourism” trips in 2008. The programme is currently available as an

e-brochure through Virgin’s website as well as its agents’ portal. It may become a printed brochure

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if there is sufficient demand from agents. Virgin’s corporate responsibil-

ity executive Jon Winfield said that they wanted to make it easy for customers to book holidays and hotels which helped make a “positive differ- ence” to their local communities. “This is the first time we have

collected them all in one place and we want to make it easier for customers to make more

responsible choices,” he said. The brochure covers Virgin’s main destina- tions such as the US, Africa, Far East and India with both tours and individual hotels featured. Other destinations such as Peru are also included. Salli Felton, Virgin’s responsible business manager, added: “There’s an emphasis on get- ting back to nature and meeting local communi- ties. You can stay with villagers in Borneo and talk to elders, as well as going to see orangutans.” The Human Nature Collection is also being made available through Responsible Travel’s website.

have responded to guests’ feedback and adding these prestigious resorts is an exciting step. “We work closely with owners and developers

– for example, four of our new chalets in St Anton have been built exclusively for our guests and to our specifications,” she said. Ski Total has also extended its “Crunch-

Buster” deals for next season including two- for-one offers on equipment hire and special offers on lift passes.

Solo’s adds Japan and Las Vegas

SINGLES OPERATOR Solo’s has added holidays to Japan and short breaks to Las Vegas. The company’s new 228-page brochure, run- ning up to May 2011, features new holidays and destinations including a nine-night escorted tour to Japan priced from £3,185. New short breaks include three nights in Las

Vegas staying at the Golden Nugget hotel. Other additions to the programme include an

extension to the Egyptian beach resort of Hurghada to winter cruises on the Nile. Solo’s has also introduced new ski destinations including La Plagne in France and Canada’s Whistler, which hosted the Winter Olympics earlier this year. Solo’s also offers UK breaks including

Warwickshire, East Anglia and Kent. Prices start from £399 for a seven-night group beach holiday to Turkey.

■Africa Collection’s new brand is called Wild Encounters, not Wild Frontiers as we wrote in TTG,June 4. Its site is

020 7921 8011

Rob Gill

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