Designer Receives Travelife Partner Status
Designer Tours & Travel complies with more than 100 criteria, related to an operators’ office management, product range, international business partners and customer information.
“I am delighted to see that sustainability in the tour operators sector is obtaining momentum. The award of the first few tourism companies in Kenya sets an example for the African tourism sector. It will inspire other companies to follow the same path.”…stated Mr. Naut Kusters, manager of Travelife for tour operators
Travelife, which has been established with the support of the European Commission, is the leading international sustainability certification in the travel sector. More than 35 national travel associations are promoting the scheme to their members including ABTA, The British Travel Association and PATA. Since 2012, more than 600 Asian companies have been trained in CSR in partnership with PATA. They are now working step-by-step towards more sustainable operations.
ABOUT TRAVELIFE (WWW.TRAVELIFE.ORG)
Travelife is a certification system, dedicated to achieving sustainable practices within the tourism industry. It provides companies with realistic sustainability goals, tools and solutions to implement positive change within their businesses and supply chains. Travelife is managed by ABTA – The Travel Association in the UK – and by ECEAT Projects – a not-for-profit organisation based in The Netherlands. Travelife has two key focuses:
Travelife for Tour operators and Travel agents: the system provides online training and practical tools for sustainability management and certification. The training and online tools are suitable for tour operators and travel agencies of any size and cover all management aspects of the travel company business including office operations, the supply chain, destinations and consumers. Upon submitting a report in compliance with the Travelife standard (based on an independent onsite audit), the company can obtain the “Travelife Certified” status.
The Travelife standard for Tour operators and Travel agencies is based upon the full Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including labour conditions, human rights, environment, biodiversity and fair business practices. The management requirements are compatible with EMAS and ISO 14001. The system is supported by more than 35 national travel associations to further its implementation among members.
Travelife for Hotels and Accommodations: the certification system helps hotels and accommodations manage their social and environmental impacts and communicate their achievements to customers. The system provides an online sustainability checklist, based on European and International standards, to enable property managers to check their performance, gain advice and monitor progress. Once subscribed, properties undergo a third-party audit to conduct a full environmental and social audit of their property and if they fulfill the criteria, properties may achieve Travelife Gold or Platinum awards, which can be displayed in brochures and on websites. To date nearly 17,000 properties have registered with the Travelife Sustainability System for hotels and accommodations, 1,500 have completed a full third-party audit and more than 900 properties have achieved a Travelife award. Travelife is the only certification scheme that works in partnership with some of the largest tour operators in the world as well as smaller independents, who all use Travelife to motivate their contracted hotels and accommodations towards more sustainability.