Travelife Partner sustainability award for Original Bhutan Travels
Amsterdam, 28/09/2022. The Travelife Partner award was received today by Original Bhutan Travels. The award is a recognition for the long-term efforts and front runner position of Original Bhutan Travels regarding sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Original Bhutan Travels complies with more than 100 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 labour relations; and is formally Recognised as in full compliance with the UN supported Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.
Mr Naut Kusters, manager of Travelife for tour operators, states “I am delighted to see that sustainability in the tour operator sector is obtaining momentum. The award of the front runner Original Bhutan Travels will inspire other companies in Bhutan to follow the same path”.
Travelife is the leading international sustainability certification for the travel sector. More than 40 national travel associations are promoting the scheme to their members, including 20 European Travel associations and The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). Since 2012, more than 1,500 tour operators have been trained in CSR and more than 500 tour operators have received a Travelife award.
About Original Bhutan Travels: Original Bhutan is a nationally registered Bhutanese tour operator. Original Bhutan delivers trips centred around people, whether travelers or those at destination – with belief that there is no same individual or group – each is unique, original. So, all the trips are tailored to be reflection of each’s individuality, originality. In recognizing such individualities, Original Bhutan takes care that the social and environmental impacts are balanced so that each uniqueness is preserved and celebrated.
Original Bhutan is based in Thimphu – the capital city of the country, known for Gross National Happiness and for actively managing tourism in order to limit impacts.
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About Travelife (www.travelife.org)
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 organisation based in The Netherlands. Travelife has two key focuses:
Travelife for Tour operators and Travel agents: the system provides online training and practical tools for sustainability management and certification. The training and online tools are suitable for tour operators and travel agencies of any size and cover all management aspects of the travel company business including office operations, the supply chain, destinations and consumers. Upon submitting a report in compliance with the Travelife standard (based on an independent onsite audit), the company can obtain the “Travelife Certified” status.
The Travelife standard for Tour operators and Travel agencies is based upon the full Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including labour conditions, human rights, environment, biodiversity and fair business practices. The management requirements are compatible with EMAS and ISO 14001. The system is supported by more than 35 national travel associations to further its implementation among members.