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Visit Greater Palm Springs and Kind Traveler launch regenerative tourism program

Kind Hotels in Greater Palm Springs share exclusive offers to incentivize travelers to drive community impact.

RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIF. – Dreaming about a sustainable vacation to Southern California’s most storied resort oasis that also gives back to the local community and environment? As the first statewide regenerative travel program kicks off with Visit California and Kind Traveler, Visit Greater Palm Springs, (VGPS) a proud Kind Destination partner in the program, launches a new wave of opportunities for travelers to make a positive impact when visiting Greater Palm Springs. To mobilize this new opportunity, participating hotels in the region prioritizing sustainability and community impact share exclusive offers on incentivizing travelers to give back to selected nonprofits. The local nonprofit beneficiaries include Friends of the Desert Mountains – working to preserve land and support education, conservation and research in the Coachella Valley, and LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert (The Center), providing an open and welcoming environment for all members of the LGBTQ family.

With more than 97% of travelers revealing it’s important for their vacation dollars to positively impact the communities they visit (Kind Traveler 2022 Impact Tourism Report), it has never been easier to dream big and plan a vacation that not only creates meaningful memories, necessary relaxation and mental health benefits, but also a lasting community impact. Through the simple act of booking a hotel with Kind Traveler, travelers can now travel kindly and meaningfully support the local community, with 100% of donations supporting the selected nonprofit.

“The Greater Palm Springs region has long attracted residents and visitors who are passionate about our destination’s commitment to sustainable tourism,” said Scott White, President & CEO of Visit Greater Palm Springs. “Today’s partnership with Kind Traveler underscores the importance of what it means for travelers to give back to local communities while helping to create a sustainable tourism industry for the future.”

The Way it Works is Simple: Through Kind Traveler’s Give + Get hotel booking and media platform, travelers unlock exclusive offers from participating Kind Hotels with a $10 or more donation to Friends of the Desert Mountains or LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert, or to another charity of choice on the platform. Positive impact metrics are shared with every booking empowering future visitors with specific details on how their travel dollars will support the local community. For example, a $10 donation to Friends of the Desert Mountains will provide outdoor science supplies for one East Coachella Valley youth; a $10 donation to LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert will provide one meal at The Center’s Community Food Bank. Travelers additionally have an opportunity to plant trees at the time of booking with Arbor Day Foundation; one-dollar plants one tree.

Kind Experiences: Furthermore, travelers looking to give back beyond a financial donation will also discover unique opportunities and experiences with participating charities. Each charity profile contains a How You Can Travel Kindly feature spotlighting additional ways travelers can get involved with the charity for an educational and fun experience. For example, with Friends of the Desert Mountains, you can sign up for an interpretive hike or nature walk, culture and history classes, birdwatching, stargazing parties and yoga with a ranger. With LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert, explore a range of events from yoga, knitting classes, general support groups, youth hangouts, and more.

Sustainability Awareness: To further sustainability awareness, travelers also have an opportunity to learn about the sustainability, wellness and community impact features of each property. Local neighborhood guides are shared with each hotel profile inspiring conscious, mindful, local travel opportunities and other ways to do good for the day or give back locally.

Discover the new opportunities for 2023 to plan your vacation and travel kindly in Greater Palm Springs with participating hotels on Kind Traveler:

  • Azure Sky Hotel
  • Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs
  • Miramonte Resort & Spa
  • The Good House (the first hotel in Greater Palm Springs to enroll in Kind Traveler’s new community impact certification, Every Stay Gives Back, launching Feb. 2023)
  • A Kind Destination: Greater Palm Springs

Visitors come from all over the world to the LGBTQ+ welcomed and celebrated destination of Greater Palm Springs to experience some of the planet’s most striking natural wonders: lush palm groves nestled amid rocky gorges, crystal-clear waterfalls gushing from ancient canyons, pine-spotted mountain peaks rising above sandy washes and 1,000 miles of hiking trails. With agriculture as the second largest industry boasting 70,000 acres of bountiful crops making it the nation’s second-largest agricultural region, you’ll find an abundance of farm-to-table restaurants and farmers’ markets. Greater Palm Springs is equipped with a robust infrastructure of EV stations and the city of Palm Springs runs on 100% renewable, carbon-free energy. Nature seekers will appreciate the 434,000 protected areas in the Sand to Snow, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monuments.

“In partnership with Visit Greater Palm Springs, Kind Traveler is delighted to mobilize new opportunities for travelers to find their oasis and make a meaningful community impact in the extraordinary and diverse destination of Greater Palm Springs,” said Jessica Blotter, Co-Founder & CEO of Kind Traveler. “While giving back to local charities connected to destination wellbeing helps Greater Palm Springs create a sustainable future, studies share that it’s also related to higher levels of trip satisfaction.”

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