Meet Kind Traveler, a ‘Give + Get’ hotel booking platform that allows social impact travelers to benefits communities, the environment, and animals. When social impact travelers ‘give’ to a local or global charity; as reward for their donation, they ‘get’ an exclusive rate to book directly with some the world’s best hotels and unique properties. 100% of the donations raised on the Kind Traveler platform are given to charity. Last year alone more than one billion trips were taken.
According to Phocuswright’s ‘Good Travels’ research conducted on behalf of Tourism Cares:
[quote_box name=””]“Nearly 75% of travelers polled think it’s important, somewhat important or extremely important that their travel dollars benefit the communities they visit.” [/quote_box]
The study also found that price is still the leading reason for booking with a particular travel company. With this in mind Kind Traveler offers exclusive rates on hotels to create a solution that addresses both the consumer’s price motivation, as well as their desire to make a difference.
The team at Kind Traveler also created a unique technology that sends the traveler’s information from Kind Traveler’s site directly to the hotel’s booking engine to complete the transaction. This allows the hotel and traveler to communicate directly with each other – before, during and after their stay. In terms of the hotel profile, Kind Traveler highlights the property’s local charitable affiliation and ‘Kind Factors’ – the term they use to explain how the hotel is impacting individual wellness, sustainability, and community.
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The platform is aiming to make an impact on both a global and a local level. Their goals are aligned with the United Nations’ Global Goals for sustainable development. On a local level, when a hotel joins the platform, Kind Traveler helps them to facilitate an alliance with a local charity. This gives travelers the ability to address hyper-local issues through its network of local charities.
[quote_box name=””]“Our win-win platform offers solutions for everyone,” said CEO & Co-Founder Jessica Blotter. “For travelers, they become warriors for good and support hotels that are making a positive impact in the world – while receiving exclusive hotel rates. For hotels, they cultivate new relationships with cause-minded consumers and take another step towards corporate social responsibility. For charities, they receive 100% of donations and a new, sustainable channel for fundraising.”[/quote_box]
Kind Travelers can now book hotels in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Palm Springs, Orange County, Los Cabos, Acapulco, Manzanillo, and Turks and Caicos, with more destinations to come.
Source: header photo by: Sofia Sforza