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Travelife is a member of PATA, the Pacific Asia Travel Association. Founded in 1951, PATA is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. Their members comprise of 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 25 international airlines and airports, 108 hospitality organisations, 72 educational institutions and hundreds of travel companies.
GSTC, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, establishes and manages global sustainable standards, known as the GSTC Criteria. There are two sets: Destination Criteria for public policy-makers and destination managers, and Industry Criteria for hotels and tour operators. These are the guiding principles and minimum requirements that any tourism business or destination should aspire to reach in order to protect and sustain the world’s natural and cultural resources, while ensuring tourism meets its potential as a tool for conservation and poverty alleviation. The Travelife Standard is GSTC Recognised.
The Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism e.V. is an international multi-stakeholder initiative promoting human rights. It provides incentives for enterprises, organisations and institutions that commit themselves to respect human rights in tourism according to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Travelife regularly attend meetings to discuss issues relating to human rights with a particular focus on finding practical solutions to help our Members end human exploitation in the accommodation sector.
Every year we partner with ABTA, the UK travel association, on Make Holidays Greener. This campaign is aimed at UK travellers and asks them to make a sustainability pledge during their holiday. We also engage ABTA members, such as tour operators and cruiselines, by asking them to take pledges and promote Make Holidays Greener to their customers. Many Travelife Members also get involved by organising events with their guests such as beach cleans. In 2018 the campaign theme was 'say no to plastic' and 49 tonnes of plastic was either avoided by plastic reductions or removed from the ecosystem through organised clean-ups.
Travelife collaborates with the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) SheTrades initiative, which aims to connect three million women entrepreneurs to market by 2021. SheTrades provides women entrepreneurs around the world with a unique network and platform to connect to markets. Through the SheTrades app, women entrepreneurs are able to share information about their companies, increase visibility, expand networks, connect and internationalize. SheTrades also helps corporations to include more women entrepreneurs in their supply chains.
As a SheTrades partner, Travelife provides reduced rates on “Travelife Certification”, a sustainability standard certification scheme, for SheTrades entrepreneurs providing accommodation in the tourism sector in Ghana, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Indonesia.
WasteAid is a UK-based charity that was set up by waste management experts to share practical and low-cost solutions with communities in low-income countries that lack proper waste collection and disposal facilities. Combining entrepreneurship with innovative solutions, WasteAid helps people generate income from waste, thus reducing the amount that ends up in the environment. Travelife are working with WasteAid on a toolkit for hotels in destinations with waste management problems and donate 10% of the revenue from the Travelife Shop to the charity.
Travelife supports the Towards Carbon Neutral Tourism Project in Montenegro, implemented by Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and UNDP Montenegro, in cooperation with National Tourism Organization, supports introduction of environmental certificates for hotels and apartments. Eco certified accommodations attract ecologically conscious guests who care for protection of environment. UNDP offers the interested hoteliers (1) advisory services to the managers and responsible staff in order to align with the listed certificate criteria; (2) co-financing of the certification process costs, covering auditing costs, while awarded accommodation facilities have to pay annual fees and (3) marketing and promotional support through local and national tourism promotional events, traditional and social media. In last 2 years, 20 accommodations received sustainability certificates, with 6 Travelife Gold Certified hotels. This is growing trend and Montenegro holds its place at the green tourism market map.
Travel Without Plastic has an ambitious goal to prevent one billion items of plastic from entering waste streams or natural environments by 2020. They have combined their extensive experience of working in the travel industry and expertise in sustainable tourism to create the Let's Reduce Single-Use Tool Kit specifically for accommodation and hospitality businesses. The Tool Kit helps accommodation providers identify where and how plastic is being used in their business, how much it is costing them and how they can replace or eliminate it, generating financial savings and improving the guest experience in the process. Travelife recommends the Let's Reduce Single-Use Toolkit to our Members as a means of reducing their consumption of plastics.