4/9/13 10:33 PM
Travelers who want to leave behind a green footprint on their trip to Nepal, get excited! The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) is now helping the tourism sector obtain sustainability certification by partnering with Travelife. Travelife is the leading international sustainability certification scheme managed by travel associations, with a focus on accommodation and tour operation.
The certification process kicked off with a training last month in Kathmandu. TAAN covered sustainability solutions specific to Nepal, such as generating electricity through solar power and rainwater harvesting. Because tourism workers help create an unforgettable experience for travelers, training participants also discussed the rights of employees, porters, and trekking guides, as well as child labor. Over 100 hotels and travel companies attended the training.
In order to receive a certification through Travelife, TAAN’s 850 plus members have to make clear their policies on the environment, human rights, workplace conditions and other social responsibilities, and agree to partner with Travelife. These companies become certified after being audited by Travelife for their implementation of responsible tourism measures.
Travelers can check if companies are Travelife certified by looking for the Travelife Certified award logo. Companies that are Travelife partners are working towards becoming certified.
Source: thegreathimalayatrail.org; myrepublica.com; travelife.eu
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