Uniworld Joins WHOLE WORLD Water to Help Raise Awareness and Funds for Clean and Safe Water Initiatives around the World

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DELRAY BEACH, FL, July 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation, and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises proudly announces their joint support of the WHOLE WORLD Water campaign.

Uniworld is the newest member in the global WHOLE WORLD Water program. This joint endeavor with TreadRight once again demonstrates Uniworld's commitment to the sustainable development of tourism and support for the communities it explores.

Uniworld will contribute $1 per guest to WHOLE WORLD Water, 100% of which goes to establish much-needed funds for community water projects around the world. Uniworld will also work closely with WHOLE WORLD Water to identify key areas in South East Asia where clean drinking water projects are needed.

Launched in early 2013, WHOLE WORLD Water was developed to provide clean and safe drinking water to almost 1 billion people currently in need. The campaign also works to address the environmental risk of the tourism industry's use of plastic, single-use water bottles.

"We are thrilled to have Uniworld join our growing list of members. WHOLE WORLD Water has the opportunity to significantly impact this crisis by uniting the hospitality and tourism industry in the fight for safe and clean water for all. Working together we can see this issue solved within our lifetime," said WHOLE WORLD Water co-founders Karena Albers and Jenifer Willig.

Guy Young, president of Uniworld talks about the company's commitment to sustainable tourism: "Uniworld's aim is to provide enriching travel experiences for all our guests, but the health of the world is also critical to us. Being a leading luxury river cruise operator, we have a responsibility to protect what makes a destination unique, as well as help communities by supporting sustainable tourism projects that educate as well as make an impact.

Brett Tollman, founder of The TreadRight Foundation, President and CEO of The Travel Corporation, is happy to support WHOLE WORLD Water: "The WHOLE WORLD Water program is a fantastic initiative and the supporting charity, the WHOLE WORLD Water Fund, will make a difference to communities around the world that are not privy to clean and safe drinking water. We are pleased to be supporting such a great cause and helping to make a difference."

Advisors for WHOLE WORLD Water include Edward Norton, Richard Branson and David de Rothschild. The WHOLE WORLD Water campaign also seeks to reduce plastic bottle wastage by creating an exclusive reusable glass bottle designed by world renowned designer, Yves Behar, only available to members. Hotels, resorts and bars are required to filter, bottle and distribute its own water in reusable glass bottles, donating a percentage of its profits to the WHOLE WORLD Water. 100% of the donated funds go to clean drinking water projects worldwide.

All-inclusive hotels, resorts and spas can instead pledge to donate $1 per guest or customer to the Fund.

This is the second project which The TreadRight Foundation and Uniworld are supporting since the foundation was established. Uniworld's partnership with WHOLE WORLD Water commenced in July 2013 and will be effective immediately.

To find out more about how WHOLE WORLD Water hopes to generate funds for community water projects visit www.wholeworldwater.co.

About Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Los Angeles-based Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, the world's only authentic boutique cruise line™, is recognized among the "World's Best River Cruises" by Travel + Leisure. Uniworld has been named to Condé Nast Traveler's prestigious Gold List for six consecutive years and to their Platinum Circle for two years. Uniworld was also ranked in their top three among the world's "Top Ten" cruise lines, both ocean and river. Uniworld's staterooms and dining are also ranked among the "Top Three in the World" by Zagat Survey®, with Uniworld being the only river cruise line named in the Zagat Survey® amongst the best of the best in the cruise industry. The editors of Cruise Critic handpicked Uniworld as the "Best River Cruise Line." In addition, Uniworld has the highest rankings by travelers on Cruise Critic for both river and ocean cruise lines. Uniworld features luxurious boutique ships with an average capacity of 130 guests and the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, as well as included shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, and award-winning hospitality. Uniworld offers over 500 departures sailing on over 13 rivers in more than 20 countries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

Uniworld is a member of CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association

About The TreadRight Foundation

The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008 by The Travel Corporation (TTC) to undertake conservation work and foster sustainability in the tourism industry.

Collectively funded by TTC's family of brands, TreadRight supports projects that fall under the themes of water, biodiversity, leadership and community, and which drive the foundation's vision to preserve the earth's unique environments and diversity for future generations.

To date, TreadRight has donated more than US $1.5 million to sustainable tourism projects around the world, in addition to supporting the World Travel & Tourism Council's 'Tourism for Tomorrow' awards. To find out more about the foundation visit: www.treadright.org.


Developed to end the global water and sanitation crisis, WHOLE WORLD Water works to engage the hospitality and tourism industry to filter, bottle in reusable glass bottles, and sell its own water, and contribute 10% of the proceeds to the WHOLE WORLD Water Fund. Founded in 2012 by award winning documentary filmmaker Karena Albers, and Jenifer Willig, former CEO of the (RED) campaign, the core belief of WHOLE WORLD Water is that if it is not good for business, it is simply not sustainable. For more information, please visit www.wholeworldwater.co, and join the conversation on Twitter @WHOLEWORLDWater.

About The WHOLE WORLD Water Fund

The WHOLE WORLD Water Fund was established to radically increase resources to provide access to clean and safe water to communities around the world. Designed specifically for clean and safe water investments, the Fund can be accessed by organizations, charities and social enterprises focused on clean and safe drinking water issues. By investing in projects with the potential to bring a return through carbon revenues and results based financing, the Fund enables revenues to be recycled back into the fund and deployed again.

CONTACT: Arnelle Kendall Vice President of Public Relations Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection 110 East Atlantic Avenue - Suite 325 Delray Beach, FL 33444 Telephone: (561) 330-0850 Email: akendall@uniworld.com

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