Washington DC - World Wildlife Fund's Travel Program today announced its 2008 tour schedule, adding new snorkeling trips, more family destinations and revised itineraries for its most popular tours. The lineup reflects feedback from past WWF travelers, adding destinations they've said they want to visit. In response to several tours selling out, the program is now adding additional departures to India, Alaska, Kenya and Tanzania.
Among the highlights of the 2008 WWF travel schedule:
- More snorkeling opportunities - The program has added new snorkeling trips to the Thailand, Fiji and Tonga, Micronesia and Bonaire. In addition, snorkeling is an available activity during WWF's Rainforest and Reefs tour and trips to Borneo, the Seychelles and the Southwest Pacific.
- Affordable Namibia - WWF's Namibia tour is priced lower than most, because the trip travels over land, keeping the cost low and offering travelers the opportunity to see more of the country's unusual wildlife.
- Back again - Responding to WWF's past travelers' requests, tours to Brazil's Pantanal and the Kimberley in Australia have returned to the schedule. A new revised itinerary to China includes visits to two Giant Panda breeding centers. WWF's popular India tour focuses on well-known wildlife parks.
- Families at the forefront - Families who love wildlife can now participate in WWF's newly added family adventure in Costa Rica, or choose from WWF's popular Galapagos, Tanzania or Amazon outings.
- Diversity in the Desert - Copper Canyon and the Chihuahuan Desert are among Mexico's most stunning topographies. As with many of WWF's trips, this tour includes visits with WWF program staff in Mexico.
In addition to these trips, WWF offers dozens of other destinations through its partnership with the tour operator Natural Habitat Adventures. Since 2003, WWF has partnered with NHA because of its commitment to environmentally friendly travel. Last year NHA became the world's first tour operator to go completely carbon neutral by offsetting emissions through investments in alternative energy projects in the developing world. Among Natural Habitat Adventures' many departures is the world's first completely carbon neutral trip of Antarctica, the Falklands and South Georgia in February 2008.
WWF offers travelers the opportunity to fight global climate change by offsetting the carbon emissions from their air travel on all trips. Carbon offsetting through WWF's travel partner Sustainable Travel International allows travelers to compensate for their trip by investing in renewable energy and energy efficient projects throughout the world.
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For detailed information on the 2008 WWF Travel Program, please visit www.worldwildlife.org/travel or call +1(202) 778-9683 or toll-free 888-WWF-TOUR (993-8687)