The Green Globe Certification is moving forward in the tourism sector to provide consumers with the latest destinations and locations of sustainable businesses through its new website.
The website features the locations of sustainable hotels, cruise ships, meeting facilities, tour operators and attractions. All of the businesses featured are members of Green Globe and are certified or in the process of being certified for their achievements in sustainability.
Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer said, “Sustainable tourism is becoming more and more important for travellers and our website caters exactly to those needs. We want to make sure that travellers, meeting planners and travel agents can easily and quickly find ‘green’ accommodation, conference centres and other travel options.”
He also added, “All businesses featured on the site actively protect the environment and preserve local culture, contribute to a healthy community, create positive work conditions, and use resources in a responsible way. They meet the highest level of sustainable operations.”
Green Globe also recently launched both Apple and Android apps giving users access to all the information on-the-go.
Green Globe Certification is a worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses.
In other sustainable tourism news, the winners of this year’s World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Awards have been announced. Three companies and one destination from across four continents were selected from 12 finalists and announced during the opening ceremony of the WTTC Global Summit in Tokyo, Japan earlier this month.
The recipients of the awards, hailing from South America, North America, Europe and Asia were the USA’s Saunders Hotel Group for the community benefit award; Peru’s Inkaterra for the conservation award; Norway’s Roros for the destination stewardship award and Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts for the global tourism business award.
The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are among the highest accolades in the industry and recognise companies, destinations and organisations that showcase outstanding sustainable tourism achievements. They are the only global sustainable tourism awards that include on-site evaluation inspections of all finalists, conducted by a team of expert international judges. It is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council which is supported by the United Nations Foundation.