The travel lottery

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In Mexico, money goes back to support indigenous farmers

In Mexico, money goes back to support indigenous farmers

The travel trade has always been fairly charity conscious. Just a Drop – a charity closely linked with the large London travel trade show, World Travel Market, raises sums to provide drinking water to those who only have sullied water. The Family Holiday Association is a charity that provides short breaks in the UK for children and their families who have little liklihood of a break.

The Travel Foudation has now started the UK’s first Travel Lottery which gives people  a chance to win prizes, while raising vital funds to keep some of their favourite destinations special.

Tickets costing £2 are now on sale for the first draw at the end of this month. Each ticket is a chance to win back the cost of their holiday in the form of a cash prize of up to £5,000. At least 50 pence from each ticket goes to projects run by UK charity the Travel Foundation which helps to protect what makes holiday destinations special: the environment, wildlife, history and culture. It also helps to tackle poverty by creating opportunities for local people to benefit from tourism.

Prize draws are monthly, with a guaranteed cash prize of at least £1,000 given away in each draw. Customers will be able to buy tickets from travel agents and other companies when they book holidays and buy related products and services. Launch partners Midcounties Cooperative Travel and Holiday Extras will sell tickets for the first draw, and many more travel companies are expected to join them in the coming months. The aim is to sell at least 100,000 tickets and raise more than £50,000 for good causes in the first year

In 2014, the charity’s projects will include:

  • Helping beach operators in Kenya earn a better living from tourism and provide hassle-free tours for holidaymakers to enjoy.
  • Finding new ways to help local businesses grow and thrive alongside all-inclusive hotels in Cyprus.
  • Supporting local communities in Jamaica and Turkey to create great tourism experiences whilst protecting the marine environment.
  • Continuing to develop the business skills of Mayan women in Mexico so they can supply locally-produced honey products to hotels.
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