During ITB 2017, Soren Stober, ABTA’s sustainability manager, handed out the Travelife sustainability award to eight Kenyan tour operators. The Travelife Partner award was received by, Uniglobe Lets Go Travel as well as the other eight agencies. The awards are a recognition of the frontrunner position of these companies in sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.
The awarded companies comply with more than 100-200 criteria, related to an operators’ office management, product range, international business partners and customer information. The Travelife standard is covering the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including environment, biodiversity, human rights and labor relations; and is formally recognized as being in full compliance with the UN supported Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.
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Mr. Naut Kusters, manager of Travelife for tour operators, “I am delighted to see that sustainability in the tour operators sector is obtaining momentum. The award of the front runner companies from Kenya will inspire other companies to follow the same path”.
Travelife, which has been established with the support of international travel associations, is the leading international sustainability certification for the travel sector. More than 35 national travel associations are promoting the scheme to their members including the British Travel Association (ABTA), the Pacific Asian Travel Association (PATA) and the Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO). Since 2012, more than 600 companies, including 30 from Kenya, have been trained in CSR with the support of the Dutch government CBI program and Ecotourism Kenya. They are now working step by-step towards more sustainable operations.
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 organization based in The Netherlands.
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