SOURCE: Cheapflights Canada

Cheapflights Canada

April 22, 2010 08:54 ET

Cheapflights.ca Presents Travel(eco)nomics -- a Guide to Greener Air Travel

Get Ready. Get Set. Go Green.

TORONTO--(Marketwire - April 22, 2010) -  In honour of Earth Day, Cheapflights.ca, a leading Canadian website for price search and comparison in travel, has released its Travel(eco)nomics Report, an update on the state of green airline travel and the steps travellers can take toward being ecologically responsible.

In the Travel(eco)nomics Report, the experts at Cheapflights outline the current state of the air travel industry as well as changes the airlines have and are making to reduce their carbon footprint. The guide also features easy and economical ways travellers can help transition eco-friendly travel from a fancy new trend to standard practice.

"In honour of Earth Day's 40th anniversary worldwide and Earth Day Canada's 20th anniversary, we wanted to showcase the travel industry's role in inspiring awareness and appreciation for the environment," says Oonagh Shiel, content editor for Cheapflights.ca. "The Travel(eco)nomics Report not only highlights what the aviation industry is doing to reduce its impact on the earth, but also what we as individuals can do to preserve and protect our environment when travelling. It's the small steps and choices we make when packing, flying and touring that have a big impact on the environment. The best part -- it doesn't have to cost much and really is easy as you will read about in our Travel(eco)nomics Report."

If you're going the extra mile for a green vacation, make sure your destination is as environmentally friendly as your attitude. Among its in-depth range of tips and tricks for becoming green, Travel(eco)nomics features a list of eco-friendly destinations around the world including:

Portland, Oregon: There's no two ways around it -- Portland is all things alternative, organic and eco-friendly, which is why it's one of our top picks for green cities.

Freiburg, Germany: This city was rebuilt on environmental principles after its destruction in World War II. The entire infrastructure is cleverly designed with plenty of car-free streets and green concepts in mind. Check out the engine-less section of town, Vauban, and its many solar roofs.

Austin, Texas: Austin is one of the highest ranked eco-friendly cities in North America, and is working to kick its fossil fuel habit by implementing energy efficiency audits. Plan a visit during Austin City Limits -- a famous environmentally friendly music festival each summer.

Montreal, Quebec: This hip French-infused metropolis knows how to roll green from the ground up. From its Bixi bike-sharing program that offers 3,000 bikes in 300 different locations, to the Montreal Protocol that regulates emissions that damage the ozone layer, Montreal packs an eco punch on land and in the sky.

Malmo, Sweden: Big ambitions make Malmo an eco-super star with which few cities can compete. The Swedish spot aims to convert to 100 percent renewable energy by 2020, and channels its goals through social, ecological, and economic sustainability programs.

Additional themes within the report include green packing tips, eco-friendly airlines, and how to be an eco-tourist once you reach your destination.

The bottom line is that advances are coming in the form of a new generation of fuel and fancy avionics technology, but there are also plenty of simple things travellers can do that are equally as important, including:

  • Packing light to reduce weight
  • Using public transportation where possible
  • Remembering to switch off the lights
  • Eating at local restaurants.

View the full report for more in-depth tips, details on the airlines' green practices and a host of other insider information.

About Cheapflights Media
The trusted partner in flights, Cheapflights Media is a global Internet media network that has been delivering great deals since 1996. Headquartered in London with offices in Boston and Toronto, Cheapflights Media serves advertisers and consumers through its vast portfolio of websites and services. Packed with travel guides, tips and the latest news and information, the Cheapflights sites are online shopping comparison engines that make it easy for consumers in local markets to research, compare and save on domestic and international trips. With brand-name deals on airline tickets from more than 250 partners and 600 airlines and a team of travel experts hand picking the best offerings, Cheapflights offers visitors a mix of deals they can't find anywhere else. There are currently Cheapflights-branded sites for the U.K., U.S., Canada, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, France, Italy and Spain. For more information visit www.cheapflights.ca

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