How You Travel Affects The Environment


July 26, 2017 | BY Isabel Martel Francisco

The Green Wanderer Fair by WWF and the SSI Group


The World Wildlife Fund Philippines' (WWF) National Youth Council has partnered with the SSI Group Inc. to host the Green Wanderer Travel Fair! The fair serves to educate travellers about how to travel sustainably and in an eco friendly manner. This forward thinking endeavor was thought up by WWF-Philippines National Youth Council member Nikki Huang.

Yza-Nazal,-Nikki-Huang-and-Alexa-Cancio-WWF-Philippines-National-Youth-Council-Chairperson.jpgMembers of the WWF Youth Council: Yza-Nazal, Nikki-Huang and Alexa-Cancio (Chairperson).

“The most interesting feature of the travel fair is that it is green. Travel fairs are common, but WWF wanted to put a twist on this one. It’s as much a testament to sustainability and conservation efforts in the Philippines as it is a fun tourism experience.” – Nikki Huang

Green Wanderer will be showcasing a variety of environmentally friendly travel options—from products by local artisans to ecotourism destinations with uniquely curated itineraries for the curious, green traveler.

Some of the exhibitors include Reef PH, Lagalag, Banana Peel, El Nido Resorts, Circle Hostel, Daluyon, Cebu Pacific, Skyjet Airlines, Philtoa, Travel Factor, Trail Adventours, Locally PH, Green Wanderer Line, and WWF-Philippines.

GW1-.jpgThis unique travel fair will be both educational and exciting. You will be able to hear top notch guests like acclaimed photographer Gutsy Tuazon and blogger Anton Diaz deliver talks about sustainability, watch a film by National Geographic and even enjoy a live cooking demo by Clang Garcia.

People will be able to experience these unique eco-friendly  hotel and resort experiences because they will be giving away exciting prizes, while airline sponsors will also be raffling off tour packages to local green locations. Limited-edition Green Wanderer merchandise will be on sale during the fair; and a portion of the proceeds, together with the contributions of all exhibitors, will be donated to WWF Philippines. 

“Travel has become a big part of all of our lives. Whether you’re a budget traveler or a luxury traveler, there’s always room for more awareness when it comes to how our travels impact our planet. Creating Green Wanderer is our way of practicing this advocacy here in our own backyard, and presenting Filipino travelers with options and ideas.” –Anton Huang SSI Group, Inc. President Anton Huang


The way we travel has a huge impact on the environment as it requires a lot of energy. However, transportation is not the only factor. Accommodations have some of the largest effects on our ecological footprints as we traverse the globe. The things we use, how we use them and how they are disposed are all something that we ought to be more aware of.

under-water-.jpg“The benefits from the travel industry are so vast a scale that we cannot afford this industry to fail. With climate change and wasteful consumption issues over our planet’s ability to produce, green travel is a must to save our environment. This should be a concerted effort from both the traveler and the travel industry to ensure that we leave a living planet for future generations to enjoy and benefit from,” - to WWF-Philippines President and CEO Joel Palma

“We believe in the advocacies of WWF and through Green Wanderer we hope to inspire many to choose the green route. With Central Square being a lifestyle destination in itself, we are happy to host this unique, curated travel fair that will not only provide consumers with more exciting and diverse travel options, but also open their eyes to what’s happening to our environment.” - Mitch Hernandez-Suarez, Marketing and Communications Head of SSI


When and Where?

August 11 to 13, 2017 at the Central Square, BHS Central, BGC, Taguig

Green Wanderer is presented by SSI and WWF-Philippines, co-presented by National Geographic, with partners, Mastercard, El Nido Resorts, Clang Garcia, PHILTOA, and Cebu Pacific. Media partners are CNN Philippines, Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and When In Manila.