Travelife for is the internationally recognised sustainability certification scheme that has been developed by the travel industry FOR the travel industry. Travelife is an affordable and fair system that helps hotels and accommodations show that they are serious about sustainability.
What is sustainable tourism?
»Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.«
(United Nations World Tourism Organisation - UNWTO)
The balance between environmental, social & economic issues means that everyone can benefit from tourism. To achieve it, tourism businesses should work in a sustainable way, covering the balance between 3 basic aspects:
Day-to-day tourism operations should be managed to minimise negative environmental impacts.
Physical environment protection: ensuring no damage is caused to any natural asset including land, water and air, helping to conserve natural heritage and biodeversity.
Tourism businesses should build good relationships with their local communities, invest in their staff, promote staff retention and improve morale, respect & preserve local culture and educate guests on the country, its customs and heritage.
Social wellbeing: ensuring wellbeing of local people and preserving the destination's authenticity and cultural heritage, values and traditions.
Guests should be encouraged to visit nearby attractions, buy local products and services and help them become sustainable enterprises that will grow and create jobs for local people.
Long-term economic balance: providing local people with stable jobs and opportunities, as well as keeping the money tourists spend within local economy.