Prince Harry Presents New Travel Program in Amsterdam that Aims to Improve Eco-Friendly Tourism

Following the furor from different quarters that trailed Prince Harry’s use of a private jet on his getaway trip to Sir Elton John’s home in Nice, France, the Duke of Sussex has launched a new travel initiative which seeks to improve eco-friendly tourism.

He also defended him and his family’s use of the private jet. 

The Duke of Sussex speaking at the A'DAM Tower in Amsterdam during the launch of a new travel industry partnership | Photo: Getty Images

The Duke of Sussex speaking at the A'DAM Tower in Amsterdam during the launch of a new travel industry partnership | Photo: Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, through their charity foundation, Sussex Royal, have come up with a new venture that would change the world of travel and tourism for better. The Duke was on hand to give a speech in Amsterdam, highlighting the many benefits the initiative, called “TRAVALYST” would bring. 

TRAVALYST EXPLAINED

Travalyst is an initiative which will encourage travel providers to come together and work to improve upon the practices that exist in the travel industry. They would also offer protection to venues visited, and ensure that local communities benefit economically. 

While making his speech at a news conference in Amsterdam, Prince Harry alluded to the fact that he wasn’t a tourist or business expert but has through travel experience noticed that something was alarming about the special relationship that existed between the community and the environment. 

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Today, during the launch event of the new global initiative ‘Travalyst’, The Duke of Sussex shared his remarks on the exciting new initiative from Amsterdam. #Travalyst, an initiative led by The Duke and founded by Booking.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and Visa, sees a pressing need for increased collaboration to make sustainability a priority across our entire travel experience - and we believe that collective, collaborative action will be critical to achieve this. The travel and tourism sector is constantly growing and contributes a significant impact to the world we live in today. The Duke sees it as one of the worlds biggest problems but believes this partnership can make it one its greatest solutions: • - 1.8 Billion trips will be made annually by 2030, and since 2000, the number of trips taken around the world has more than doubled - 71% of global travellers think travel companies should offer more sustainable options - $8.8 Trillion was generated to the global economy from travel and tourism last year - 57% of all international trips by 2030 will include emerging market destinations We plan to work closely with local communities and providers, leveraging technology to help scale sustainable supply to meet the growing mass-market demand from consumers - ultimately, making sustainable travel options of all kinds easier for consumers to identify, book and enjoy. Click our link in bio to read The Duke of Sussex full speech from today Photo ©️ SussexRoyal

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He explained that something was missing in that relationship and that he would use his platform, through Travalyst to seek solutions to it. 

He further explained that the new travel initiative has an unmatched power to open the minds of people to new and different cultures, experiences, while also ensuring that they have a deeper appreciation for what the world has to offer. 

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Tonight, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the first of a two game series of the Major League Baseball #LondonSeries, in support of @WeAreInvictusGames. Tonight’s highly anticipated game between the #Yankees and #RedSox took place at London stadium, Olympic Park. The @WeAreInvictusGames, of which His Royal Highness is Founding Patron, has been selected as charity partner for the @MLB 2019 series. The Invictus Games Foundation is the international charity that oversees the development of the Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed service personnel and veterans participate. It celebrates the power of sport in recovery and how it can help, physically or psychologically, those suffering from injuries or illness. The word ‘invictus’ means ‘unconquered’ - it embodies the fighting spirit of the competitors. As part of the partnership, the Invictus Games Foundation have a team participating in London’s #Softball60, the social softball series built for the city and targeted to introduce the sport to new audiences and demonstrate that it is an inclusive sport. On this #ArmedForcesDay, tonight’s event was also a chance for Their Royal Highnesses to shine a light on the men and women here in the UK and around the world who have sacrificed so much for their country. Discover more about the Invictus Games Foundation through the link in our bio. Photo credit: PA

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Travalyst, will among other things, aim to promote the use of cleaner aviation fuel, ensure that people’s experiences during travel are centered on sustainability, and also educate tourists on the impacts of their actions on the places they visit. 

An Instagram post released on Prince Harry and Meghan’s official page, Sussexroyal said that Prince Harry would head Travalyst, with full backing from leading travel and booking companies like Booking.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor, and Visa.

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We are excited to announce the launch of ‘Travalyst’, a global initiative striving to change the impact of tourism, for good. Partnering alongside key travel industry giants @Bookingcom, #Ctrip, @Skyscanner, @TripAdvisor and @Visa_US, our aim is to spark a movement to transform the future of travel, putting communities at the heart of the solution. We believe in the power and importance of travel. We also have a shared responsibility to our planet and to each other. • “I want to start with a little bit of background as to specifically why I’m here today, because as you may know, I am not a tourism or business expert, but through my travels I have observed the unique relationship between community and environment, and have noticed something alarming. There wasn’t the symbiosis or connection there needed to be and I wanted to understand why. I am one of those people fortunate enough to have a platform and I want to use it to tackle hard problems, in the hope of finding solutions…and that’s how Travalyst was born” - The Duke of Sussex The name #Travalyst comes from The Duke and partners viewing our role in sustainable travel as catalysts to accelerate positive changes in travel. Travel + catalyst = Travalyst #Travalyst aims to make travel more sustainable, to help protect destinations and benefit communities long into the future, and to enable consumers to make more environmental friendly choices whilst traveling. The Duke of Sussex, having invited the founding partners to start the conversation, believes that the organisations - with operations in nearly every country, hundreds of millions of customers that use their products every day, and business relationships around the world - have sufficient influence and the critical mass necessary to catalyse real system change in the travel industry, for the benefit of destinations, communities and ecosystems. To discover more about the new initiative, visit www.Travalyst.org

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PRINCE HARRY DEFENDS HIS FAMILY’S USE OF PRIVATE JETS

The Prince took the opportunity of the news conference to defend his family’s use of private jets. It will be recalled that the Royal Family faced criticism from some quarters after he and his family flew to the Nice, France home of Sir Elton John on a private jet. 

Apart from that trip, they had also embarked three other private jet trips that month. Prince Harry explained that he has spent 99% of his life traveling by commercial flights (his trip to Amsterdam was on a commercial plane), but that sometimes situations could arise where the safety of his family would best be ensured by flying in a private jet.

The Prince hopes that his Travalyst initiative, which he has been working on for over two years would encourage people to make more choices that would be beneficial to the environment while also ensuring that local communities in Tourist areas would benefit economically.

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