Travelife director Mr.Soren Stober conferred Travellife award to four companies viz. Windhorse Tours, Bhutan Bhutan Travel, TLF Holidays and Swallow Tail from Bhutan. The award was handed over to representatives of these companies on 8th March, 2017 in a function organized at ITB, 2017 travel fair in Berlin, Germany and is a recognition for the long-term efforts and front runner position of these companies in sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.
The awarded companies comply with more than 100 criteria, related to operators’ office management, product range, international business partners and customer information. The Travellife standard is covering the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including environment, biodiversity, human rights and labour relations; and is formally recognized as being in full compliance with the UN supported Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.
It is overwhelming to see that sustainability in tourism sector is gaining momentum; this award will inspire other companies to follow the trail. Travellife, which has been established with the support of international travel associations, is a leading international sustainability certification in the travel and tourism sector. More than 35 national travel associations are promoting the scheme to their members including ABTO (Association of Bhutanese Tour operators), ABTA (the leading UK travel association) and PATA, the Asian Pacific Travel Association. Since 2012, more than 600 companies, including 30 from Bhutan, have been trained in CSR with the support of CBI program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands. They are now working step-by-step towards more sustainable operations.
Travellife 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. Travellife is managed by ABTA – The Travel Association in the UK – and by ECEAT Projects – a not-for-profit organization based in The Netherlands.