The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) recently announced that the Travelife for Tour Operators program has achieved the “GSTC-Accredited” status. The awarded status affirms the commitment of Travelife for Tour Operators to promoting sustainable tourism products and services.
Travelife for Tour operators is a leading global sustainability scheme specifically designed for tour operators with more than 500 members from 80 countries across all continents. The scheme provides an integrated set of trainings, best practices, implementation instruments and suppliers assessment tools, leading to certification.
Achieving the GSTC-Accredited status means that a certification program is following processes and procedures that have been reviewed and approved by the GSTC Accreditation Panel.
“The GSTC accreditation places Travelife amongst a selected group of certification bodies that meet the highest standards,” says Luigi Cabrini, GSTC Chair.
Businesses certified by a GSTC-Accredited certification program can also use the GSTC language and logo when they meet all GSTC Criteria. The purpose of the GSTC programs is to recognize and reward genuine practitioners of sustainable tourism, which in turn builds confidence and credibility with consumers.
“We expect that the GSTC Accredited status will provide an incentive for more tour operators to reach the Travelife Certified status,” says Naut Kusters, General Manager of Travelife for Tour Operators.