SITE Poland has joined Travelife, Sustainability in Tourism, an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable practices within the travel and tourism industry.
SITE Poland has gained "Engaged" status, the first stage of a three-part certification classification by Travelife. In the first stage the company commits itself and introduces the appropriate management procedures. An appointed sustainability coordinator obtains the personal Travelife certificate and elementary steps and good practices are implemented.
The second stage is based on a sustainability report and compliance with basic requirements assessed by Travelife and will then reach Travelife Partner status. This status enables the company to communicate its sustainability commitment and achievements with the support of the Travelife Partner logo. The company is now qualified to work step-by-step towards the third and final stage.
In the third stage, an independent auditor based on an on-site assessment, which are in line with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council Industry Criteria and formally Recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, will evaluate the company’s compliance with the international Travelife Certified standard for travel companies. Successfully completing the third stage will be awarded with the Travelife Certified status.
"We are aware in SITE Poland that our way of working can influence and improve the quality of life of local communities and their environment. We have established a commission within SITE Poland dedicated to research and development plans to strengthen this awareness and engagement among SITE Poland members and to begin various initiatives in sustainability. We encourage other travel industry organizations to join with us in this very important test," says Agnieszka Jasinska-Goerdt, SITE Poland public relations officer.
For more information go to www.travelife.info.