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July 2, 2021updated Dec 20, 2023

Red Carnation Introduces ‘Make Travel Matter’ Experiences

Each experience is designed to advance at least one of the United Nation's Global Goals.

By Kim Ayling

Global hotel group Red Carnation has recently launched a number of new experiences in its Make Travel Matter collection, which invites guests to interact more wholly with the communities they visit, as well as leave a positive impact on the environment.

Each of the new experiences has a clear social or environmental mission at its core and has been vetted to ensure that it can advance at least one of the United Nations’ Global Goals, which were first launched in 2015 with the aim of creating a better world by 2030.

The Global Goals are primarily focused on ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of the climate crisis, with governments, businesses and individuals around the world invite to work collaboratively to achieve the goals.

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chef Ben Kelliher of the rubens london

The Rubens at the Palace’s executive chef Ben Kelliher will explain how AI technology can effectively track and manage food waste / ©Red Carnation

Given the broad scope of the UN’s Global Goals, the experiences on offer as part of the Make Travel Matter collection are varied, with something to suit every traveler. And, as Red Carnation has been carefully selected as the host of the experiences, each one is exclusive to guests at their collection of boutique properties and its sister brands.

In London, the focus is on sustainable dining, with guests at The Rubens at the Palace invited to meet the hotel’s executive chef Ben Kelliher, who will explain how advanced AI technology can effectively track and manage food waste, as well as how he creatively reimagines surplus ingredients. Kelliher will also accompany guests to the capital’s iconic Borough Market, which has long had an emphasis on sustainable produce.

At The Milestone Hotel & Residences, guests can join a Totally Wild UK foraging expedition, where they will learn how to find edible goods in the wild, and how to forage responsibly in order to allow nature to flourish.

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A stay at the charming Ashford Castle comes with the opportunity to help preserve the country’s traditions and culture / ©Red Carnation

Over the sea in Ireland, a stay at the charming Ashford Castle comes with the opportunity to help preserve the country’s traditions and cultures through meeting with local producers and craftspeople, as well as some of the leading keepers of the Gael – a group of people native to Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. These individuals will lead immersive workshops where they will share how they keep the ancient traditions of Ireland alive.

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In the Channel Islands, which sit between France and the UK, guests at either of Red Carnation’s Guernsey properties – The Duke of Richmond and Old Government House Hotel & Spa – are led through the island’s traditions by Guernsey native and tour guide Gill Gillard. Choose from three different guided tours, all of which showcase the island at its best.

Rounding up Red Carnation’s new Make Travel Matter experiences is the chance to explore South Africa’s historic rock art sites, some of which date back 10,000 years. As custodian of these ancient artworks, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat is dedicated to protecting the reserve’s 130 rock art sites. Guests can gain deeper insight into their history, as well as the cultures of the people who created them via a guided tour through the sites.

Make Travel Matter experiences are available to all guests staying at one of the host properties and must be booked in advance.

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