Thursday, 13 December 2007

Green Gift Guide for Meetings

So if Santa worked for a convention and visitor bureau and he wanted to send gifts to the good meeting planners where would he shop, assuming he was wearing his green suit?

Well, locally, of course. After all, the best gifts are home-made. Tap into local artisan collectives, public and farmers' markets, and galleries to find those unique pieces that authentically represent your destination while also supporting local businesses.

Of course, for the times when Green Destination Santa is busy there are some elves out there working hard to help source for sustainably-minded promotional products for your destination. is one such source, providing green, ethical and fairly-traded products for the meeting and incentive market.

Depending on your event or audience gifts from Ten Thousand Villages, which offer fairly traded handcrafts and donation gifts from around the world, may also be appropriate. Oxfam also offers unique "Unwrapped" gifts that provide donations to social projects throughout the world.

When it comes to seasonal cards and paper, source responsibly. Look for papers with post-consumer recycled content and vegetable based inks. Many suppliers of 'seeded' papers are also providing a unique alternative to promotional seasonal gifts where a simple card becomes a gift - the paper it is printed on able to be planted to grow everything from wildflowers to herbs. For further information visit Botanical Paperworks or Of the Earth.

With his reindeer-powered flight Santa's fuel source is greener than most and certainly renewable but for those of us in the travel and tourism industry we have to rely on kerosene and planes to get us there. In light of this, consider the gift of a healthier climate for your clients. Commit to plant trees, purchase renewable energy or invest in energy efficiency as your gift in the coming year to contribute to a healthier planet.

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