March 5, 2007

Tour operator launches program to support sustainable tourism projects

MONTREAL, QUE-Transat, one of the world's largest integrated tourism companies, is launching a program to support sustainable tourism projects. The program, targeting primarily not-for-profit organizations, will provide up to $50,000 in financial support to help develop projects with a sustainable tourism approach. These could include projects focusing on restoration, protection or development of a natural site or ecosystem, environmental enhancement or rehabilitation of an existing tourist site, or restoration or development of a heritage or historic site or building, with a view to preserving it. Projects must have the potential to increase a community's tourism possibilities, be clearly part of a sustainable tourism approach and be not-for-profit in nature. Proposals are due by May 18, 2007 and will be reviewed by a committee made up of Transat staff members to determine their merit. Details of the program can be found on Transat's Web site, www.transat.com, in the "Philanthropy" section under "About Transat." As an international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries, Montreal-based Transat operates mainly in Canada and Europe, as well as in the Caribbean, Mexico and the Mediterranean Basin. The company is also active in air transportation, destination services and distribution.

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