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London, UK – 5th June 2007 - As many as 34% of British holidaymakers are willing to spend more to reduce the impact of travelling on the environment, according to a survey conducted by email research specialists, emedia, using their RapidResearch service.

The survey also reveals that travellers are becoming increasingly concerned about the effect of their consumer habits on the planet. An overwhelming 76% more respondents said they would take into account environmental impact when booking their holiday this year compared with last year.

Tourists are prepared to adopt several measures to be more eco-friendly, including offsetting arrangements (33%), use of an alternative mode of transport (30%), travelling closer to home (28%) or paying a green tax on fares (25%).

Awareness of environmental sustainability is strong amongst holidaymakers, with 64% believing that travel has a negative impact on the planet. However emedia’s survey indicates there is still an ‘action gap’, with only 19% of those surveyed willing to change their travel behaviour in 2007.

‘Green’ travel may not have ‘taken off’ till now due to consumers’ scepticism. The research shows that over half (57%) of respondents are yet to be convinced that a shift in their attitude will make a difference.

“A 76% growth in the number of respondents from 2006 to 2007 who are ready to take into account environmental impact when booking holidays is staggering,” says David Clark, managing director at emedia. “Companies need to position their holiday and leisure products in the context of green messages to stay in tune with market behaviours. Personal Travel Bulletin readers are typically well paid, well educated management professionals. So we think it's likely that these changes are occurring fastest amongst those who travel frequently and spend more.”

Keith Richards, head of consumer affairs at ABTA, comments “Consumers can only make informed decisions if they have clear information about the impact of what they do, good or bad. Currently there’s too little reliable information out there. Air passengers already pay £1.8 billion a year to the Government Air Passenger Duty tax. Not a penny of which is spent on improving the environment or incentivising change. This probably explains the gap between consumer desire and action.”

Michael Buick, communication manager at Climate Care, one of the leading carbon offsetting providers, adds "With more people prepared to pay extra than those prepared to change their behaviour, carbon offsets clearly have an important role in engaging the many rather than the few. Paying a transparent carbon price per trip, with the money raised funding carbon reductions elsewhere, is a great first step towards responsible travel."

With the growing concern about climate change amongst holidaymakers, emedia intends to run the survey again within 12 months to establish whether the ‘action gap’ is likely to be reduced. emedia’s online surveys quickly and effectively measure responses at a point in time and the same survey may, when executed at a different time, yield different results. Rate of change will vary according to whether the responses are based on knowledge, fashion, attitude or value, ordered by decreasing rate of change. emedia surveys attract sufficient responses to be statistically representative and prove to be useful for later comparison.

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Editors notes

Copies of the survey are available from Omarketing at +44 (0)208 255 5225.

The ‘RapidResearch Green Travel Survey’ focused on holidaymakers views on ‘green’ travel and was concluded in April 2007. Over 747 business executives replied. They are typically well educated, well paid professionals who travel frequently.

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Rose Ross / Hannah Knowles
Omarketing Limited
T: +44 (0) 20 8255 5225
rose@omarketing.co.uk / hannah@omarketing.co.uk

About RapidResearch

RapidResearch is a quick and snappy online survey tool that enables highly targeted snapshot canvassing of opinion from senior managers across UK industries using emedia’s portfolio of B2B opt-in bulletins.

More information at www.emedia.co.uk

About emedia

emedia has been providing Internet marketing solutions to the business community since 1998.

emedia specialises in permission-based email direct marketing. It serves clients by using direct response email bulletins to acquire new business, increase brand awareness, website traffic and more. The range of over 100 bulletins have over three million subscribers in total and reach professionals in a variety of sectors including IT, human resources, construction, finance, marketing, education, electronics, construction and healthcare.

emedia provides both unrivalled direct marketing experience and the technology infrastructure needed for businesses to successfully market to and communicate with thousands of our subscribers.

The emedia team handles all aspects of permission-based email messaging campaigns, including selecting the right bulletin to fit clients' needs and target the people that they want to reach, designing email messages, testing and deploying email messaging campaigns and the tracking, reporting and analysis of results.

emedia clients include: Microsoft, BT, Croner Gartner Group, IBM, Sage, The Chartered Institute of Marketing, Hewlett-Packard, The Open University, Totaljobs and Cranfield School of Management.

More information at www.emedia.co.uk

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