Zita Tanzanian Wild Camps
When you go on a safari in Africa, you want first-hand experiences of the wildlife, the landscapes, the natural wonders, and the exciting atmospheres of the continent. Tanzania Wildcamps give you exactly this opportunity. Our safe and comfortable tented camps are located in the very heart of Tanzania´s most famous National Parks and game reserves. These trendy facilities use a range of eco-friendly practices from solar heating, to aerated taps. We believe in making a sustainable and positive impact on the earth and the environment to preserve its future. Living in a tent is spectacular: hear the elephants trumpeting far away at night, observe zebras peacefully grazing in front of your tent´s gauze window, and feel how the colours, the sounds, the smells around you change when the day turns to night and the night turns to day. With Tanzania Wildcamps you are closer to nature! For more information please visit http://www.tanzaniawildcamps.com
Yunnan Vinetree Tourism Development Co., Ltd.
Vinetree is a Chinese ecological tourism company firstly founded in 2009, which invests, builds, and operates ecofriendly tent camps and ecological tourist trails mostly in China. ‘Vinetree’ symbolizes ‘rooted, skyward, harmonious and coexisting’, which is also representing the brand spirit of exploration, innovation, ecological responsibility. Vinetree adopted the slogan ‘when the roads ends, the vinetree starts’ to committed to immersing people in a cultural experience in nature and making high quality ecological tourism experiences, while promoting responsible travel.
World Wildlife Fund, Inc.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is the world’s leading conservation organization with over 5 million supporters worldwide, working in more than 100 countries. Our mission is to conserve nature, reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth, and build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation of science. In partnership with other organizations our work focuses on the following areas: protecting and restoring species and their habitats; strengthening local communities’ ability to conserve the natural resources they depend upon; transforming markets and policies to reduce the impact of the production and consumption of commodities; ensuring that the value of nature is reflected in decisions made by individuals, communities, governments and businesses; and mobilizing hundreds of millions of people to support conservation.
World Centre of Excellence for Destinations
Created in December 2006, the World Centre of Excellence for Destinations, a non-profit organization based in Montréal, is an innovative and powerful tool created with the assistance of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with which it is linked through a memorandum of understanding. The mission of the CED is to contribute to guiding tourist destinations around the world towards excellence by: developing their competitiveness; facilitating the achievement of their sustainable development objectives; improving the quality of the experience offered to tourists and visitors; sustaining or enhancing the geographical character of a place, (i.e. its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and well-being of its residents); and providing destinations with strategic information on the main issues concerning them. The CED acts as a catalyst for partnerships and collaborations with public and private stakeholders such as: Destination Management Organizations (DMOs), associations and experts from the tourist industry, universities, and civil society at large.
Wood Certification Pvt. Ltd.
Wood Certification Pvt. Ltd. was incorporated in 2005 under the Indians Companies Act of 1956. WoodCert is involved in training, third party inspection, forest certification, chain of custody certification, and validation and veritifcaion of forestry carbon projects per frameworks such as CCBA, CCX, Plan Vivo and ISO 14064. WoodCert also participates in VLO and VLC certification and verification.
Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network
The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network conserves threatened wildlife while contributing to the economic vitality of rural communities. Our mission is to protect wildlife in wild places and on agricultural lands in-between by certifying enterprises, like tourism, that assure people and nature coexist and thrive. Certified Wildlife Friendly® uses the power of the marketplace to create on-the-ground change by providing incentives for the protection of biodiversity around the world, offering opportunity for people in often rural and disadvantaged communities, and enabling conservation of intact landscapes critical to the provision of ecosystem services, wildlife corridors through working lands, which provide resilience in the face of climate change.
Wild Asia was first established in 2003 as a Malaysian-based social enterprise. We work to help adapt the way consumers, businesses and traders operate, ensuring that they can leave a positive footprint on the developing world. We take a bottom-up approach starting at the very beginning: the raw materials. It is here that we find ways to guide organisations in creating a better environment for their employees, local communities and surrounding biodiversity. By working within key sectors – such as the palm oil or tourism industry – we have gained a unique insight on how producers, buyers and consumers can develop innovative ways to promote positive change.
For more information, please visit http://www.wildasia.org
Walking Mountains Science Center
Walking Mountains Science Center partners with mountain resort communities to elevate a culture of environmental stewardship and sustainability. As the managing organization of the Actively Green Sustainable Business Training and Certification Program and the Vail Sustainable Destination Project, Walking Mountains collaborates with diverse stakeholders in mountain resort communities to provide education, facilitation, certification, project management, and climate action planning services. Our place-based expertise working in mountain resort communities is strengthened by the global expertise of our project partner Sustainable Travel International who we have been working closely with since 2013. For more information, please vsit www.walkingmountains.org
Vesselka Consulting Ltd
Vesselka Consulting Ltd. is an independent international organization offering a broad range of professional services. We use practical approaches to design and implement initiatives that achieve results and make a difference for the private sector and development programs. Working with private sector senior management we provide in-depth feasibility studies followed by implementation. In development our work informs the highest levels of government to local administrations to implement development goals in capacity building, restructuring, land administration, regulatory reforms. Our in-house Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program is the only effort of its kind in the region and incorporates sustainability criteria for each member community within a unique for-profit and development envelope to achieve maximum impact and financial sustainability. We source specialists who have on average more than 30 years’ business and development experience in more than 30 countries and incorporate sustainability in everything they undertake. We are committed to a clear value structure. We believe that the client’s interests come first. This means delivering better value than the client expects. It does not mean doing whatever the client asks. Our specialists are expected to exhibit professional conduct at all times and respect for local cultures and customs without compromising integrity.
Vanuatu Department of Tourism
The Vanuatu Department of Tourism is a government agency established under the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Industry and Ni-Vanuatu Business. The establishment of the Department was instigated by the lack of development efforts in the outer islands to promote and facilitate ni-Vanuatu participation in tourism development. The establishment allowed for the Department of Tourism to solely focus on Policy, Destination Management, Product Development, Cruise Tourism and Tourism Standards. The Tourism Standards program (Vanuatu Tourism Permits and Accreditation Program) manages the Vanuatu Tourism Product Classification System (VTPCS) and the Vanuatu Tourism Operators Minimum Standards (VTOMS). Our commitment by incorporating GSTC’s criteria into our Accreditation program is part of our continuous improvement effort to provide support and encourage the concept of Sustainable Tourism.
For more information about the Vanuatu Department of Tourism, please go to https://tourism.gov.vu/aboutthedepartment.php
University of Utah: Dept of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, Sustainable Tourism Management
University of Utah: Dept of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, Sustainable Tourism Management is where education and citizenship combine to enhance the quality of life for the world we touch. The department’s mission is to create, share, and apply knowledge about park, recreation, and tourism resources and phenomena in order to advance the intellectual and professional development of students, serve social needs, inform policy, promote economic development, and foster health and the quality of life for individuals, families, communities, and the environment. The department serves Bachelor of Science through PhD, offering courses and research projects on all facets of sustainable tourism development and natural resource management.
Universidad Tecnológica de León (UTL)
Universidad Tecnológica de León (UTL) Tourism Management & Development Program is aimed at training professionals to fulfill the productive and social sectors priority needs with highly trained staff. The UTL has more than 19 years of experience, all its academic programs are recognized by the National Council of Higher Education Accreditation (COPAES). The UTL was the first technological university in México certified both in ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004. The Tourism Management & Development program prepares students with specific skills: To manage tourism companies and organizations through the design of strategies, processes, optimization of resources and compliance of objectives to contribute to the development and competitiveness of the tourism industry. To develop tourism projects within the framework of sustainability, encouraging the use of social networks, based upon the characteristics and needs of regions and organizations, to contribute to the quality of life of the communities, the profitability of the companies and the satisfaction of tourists. The GSTC criteria are taught in the course of Sustainable Tourism Development.
Universidad San Sebastian, Career in Expeditions and Ecotourism Engineering
In 1989, Universidad San Sebastian is founded in the city of Concepcion, Chile, offering careers related to Business & Administration, Healthcare & Science, and Pedagogy, among other educational studies. On July of 2016, the National Accreditation Commission certifies Universidad San Sebastian for 5 years in the areas of Institutional Administration, Pre-Graduate Programs and Bonding with the Environment. Within this context, the career of Expeditions and Ecotourism Engineering promotes in its students, the interest and determination to develop skills that allow them to resolve problems in the expedition setting, as well as leading and guiding people, offering high quality tourism services and hospitality, and conserving the natural/cultural heritage and preservation of the environment. For more information, please visit www.uss.cl.
Universidad De La Salle Bajío
The Tourism and Gastronomy School at the Universidad De La Salle Bajío has 2 Bachelor Programs and 1 Master Degree program. The graduated in Tourist Business will be a professional that operates, manages and undertakes projects and differentiated tourist products; Taking advantage of the multicultural condition of any context, to promote the development of the community with social responsibility. This career has been accredited by CONAET (Consejo Nacional para la Acreditación de la Educación Turística A.C.)The graduate in Management and Operation of Gastronomic Services is a professional with an integral preparation in food services like restaurants and coffee shops; in hospitality services like gastronomic routes; food industries and humanistic and social work.
For more information, please visit our website.
United Certification Systems LLC
UCS is a new uniting brand of the group of companies which specialize in sustainability certification in several industries – forest, marine, tourist, biofuel. The company is registered in Cyprus (EU) with an office in Russia and representative offices in other countries (China, UAE, India, Turkey, etc.).
At present UCS is in the process of obtaining accreditation against Hotel & Tour Operator GSTC Criteria. Unlike many other CABs having opted for approval of the standards and ecolabels developed by them, we have decided on accreditation which allows evaluation against the uniform GSTC Criteria, assuming that in the future it will be the GSTC Criteria that unite the main local certification standards most popular today.
Sustainable tourist certification is a new and promising direction for us. UCS places its stake on developing markets, promoting its services through local partners. Due to their knowledge of local specifics we are able to offer potential clients the optimum certification cost-quality ratio.
Turisme de Barcelona
The Turisme de Barcelona Consortium is responsible for promoting the Catalan capital as a tourist destination. It is composed of an amalgamation of the Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping and the Barcelona Promotion Foundation on the one hand, and Barcelona Municipal Council, on the other. They are its parents and have equal status. Turisme de Barcelona was founded in 1993 with the involvement of local government and the business world that hold an equal share in the organisation. Experience has taught us that this model isn’t easy to achieve.
TUI Group is the world’s number one integrated tourism business. From now on, the broad portfolio gathered under the Group umbrella will consist of strong tour operators, 1,800 travel agencies and leading online portals, six airlines more than 130 aircraft, over 300 hotels with 210,000 beds, twelve cruise liners and countless incoming agencies in all major holiday destinations around the globe. This integrated offering will enable us to provide our 30 million customers with an unmatched holiday experience in 180 regions. A key feature of our corporate culture is our global responsibility for economic, environmental and social sustainability. This is reflected in more than 20 years of commitment to sustainable tourism. In 2013/14 financial year the TUI Group with a headcount of 77,000 recorded turnover of €18.7 bn and an operating result of €869m. The TUI Group’s share is listed on the London Stock Exchange in the FTSE index and in the regulated market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.tuigroup.com
Travelife is an international certification system, promoting sustainability within the tourism industry. It helps tour operators, hotels and accommodations to manage and monitor their social and environmental impacts, as well as communicate their achievements to customers. It is an accessible sustainability system that provides members with a practical framework to improve their business. For more information, please visit www.travelife.org
TravelHorst – Sustainable Business Travel Consulting
Together with network partners, TravelHorst advises and supports organizations in the development of sustainable travel management practices. We define the scope and line of actions together with an organization’s travel management team. We analyze their business travel program in terms of sustainability and create alternative proposals, set priorities, targets and success criteria. The focus is on a sustainability business travel report based on the 17SDGs of the United Nations and then transparently reviewing a company’s travel activities. Based on this report, the potential for change is identified and options for action are developed for the entire company. This will enable an organization to have future travel activities that are economically, ecologically and socially compatible and sensible. To facilitate the implementation of the goals and to promote awareness, we offer online training and workshop for employees together with our network partners and conduct surveys on request.
Transat A.T. Inc.
Transat A.T. Inc. is a leading integrated international tourism company specializing in holiday travel. It offers vacation packages, hotel stays and air travel under the Transat and Air Transat brands to some 60 destinations in 26 countries in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Based in Montreal, the company has 5,000 employees. Transat is firmly committed to sustainable tourism development, as reflected in its multiple corporate responsibility initiatives over the past 10 years.