Press Release: Travelife in 4 new countries
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Over 75 new Tour Operators engaged in Sustainability
In Croatia, Greece, Latvia and Poland during October 2013, Tour operators and Travel agencies joined 2-day training courses with the aim to learn how to integrate sustainability and CSR principles. Mr. Chris Thompson held 4 separate workshops for over 100 representatives of travel agencies. The training was organized by Travelife in co-operation with national tour operator associations. Financial support was provided by the European Union Lifelong Learning programme.
The tourism professionals learned how to integrate sustainability in their office operations by, for instance, energy saving and reducing paper as well as by implementing staff-related social policies and human rights. They also looked with “sustainable glasses” towards their transport, accommodation and excursion providers.
A more sustainable supply chain can be created by contracting already sustainable suppliers and by supporting existing business partners towards more social and environmentally friendly behaviour. The participants also learned about the principles of sustainability management and created their initial sustainability mission statement, policy and action plan. In addition, they were updated about the growing expectations of international consumers and business partners for accountability on sustainability and how to apply the international Travelife Sustainability System.