Happy Holidays

Wednesday 5th August 2015
With the holiday season now in full swing, 2015 is seeing an increasing number of getaways specifically catered to veggies and vegans, with the growing importance of sustainability and ethics in the tourism industry nevermore evident.

Happy Holidays

With the holiday season now in full swing, 2015 is seeing an increasing number of getaways specifically catered to veggies and vegans, with the growing importance of sustainability and ethics in the tourism industry nevermore evident.
One organisation aimed at providing solely vegetarian and vegan holiday options is Veggie Hotels (www.veggie-hotels.com). Set up four years ago, it now lists more than 500 strictly vegetarian hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses across more than 60 countries – 70 of these being vegan. Founder Thomas Klein says he believes this offers guests peace of mind when enjoying a break. 'There's no need for discussions or umpteen questions before dinner, such as if the chef has used chicken stock as a basis for the soup of the day, even if it's a vegetable soup.'
Appetites for specialist holidays are at an all-time high, and not just for weekend breaks around the country or adventures abroad. This month, the first-ever vegan summer camp for teenagers takes place at Goblin Combe between Bristol and North Somerset, with places selling out in under two days! The TeenVGN week-long August camp (www.teen vgn.com) promises youngsters the chance to gain craft, cooking and leadership skills.
The new Stay Play Explore Vegetarian getaway break in Leicester – believed to be one of the first of its kind in the UK – is a collaboration between Leicester Shire Promotions and the Leicester Vegetarian
and Vegan Group. It includes a choice of activities, including vegan cocktail making, beauty treatments and afternoon tea, plus overnight accommodation. Martin Peters of Leicester Shire Promotions said the city was proud of its diverse population and various cuisines, adding: 'With such a proliferation of vegetarian restaurants and vegan/vegetarian-rich menus throughout the city, we've developed this short break aimed at providing a real gastronomic choice for vegetarians, vegans and lovers of healthy food generally.'
Jasmijn de Boo, CEO of the Vegan Society, believes that specialist holidays are not always essential, providing you research destinations and options. 'While we welcome the rise of vegan-specific holidays, what we really want is a wide range of vegan options as standard on all holidays as veganism becomes truly mainstream. We have already seen many restaurateurs and café owners in holiday destinations across the world amend their menus or open new all-vegan eateries to meet demand from the fast growing number of tourists increasingly wanting vegan food. This trend is only going to continue, and that is great news.'

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