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TravelHorst – Business Travel Consulting
Only a small part of the business traveler takes into account aspects of sustainability and many companies are not fully aware of their responsibilities. Transform your company’s business travel program into a sustainable business travel program. This is not only good for ecology, social and economic. It also helps to increase the image of your company. With the European Union directive 2014/95, certain companies are obliged to publish a non-financial report. Recently, this report also includes the publication of greenhouse gases (CO2) on business trips. Take advantage of the opportunity to let all stakeholders perceive your company as a responsible company.
TravelHorst will help making sustainability a central strategy for your business travel program. It offers significant opportunities to influence people and our planet positively, while your company achieves all economic goals.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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