Pro Niti Travel believes in sustainable travel and does encourage ourselves, our team and our guests. We have been looking for help to take actions on our vision and mission. We are lucky enough to find out Travelife to start for sustainable travel practices in Myanmar. Pro Niti Travel would strive to be one of the Myanmar sustainable tour operator in very near future.
What is Travelife?
Travelife for Tour operators is a leading global sustainability scheme specifically designed for tour operators with more than 500 members from 80 countries across all continents. Travelife for Tour operators provides an integrated set of training, best practices, implementation instruments and suppliers assessment tools, leading to certification.
On January 10, 2018, Travelife for Tour Operators has achieved the ‘GSTC-Accredited’ status. The awarded status affirms Travelife’s for Tour Operators commitment to promoting sustainable tourism products and services. Achieving the GSTC-Accredited status means that a certification program is following processes and procedures that have been reviewed and approved by the GSTC Accreditation Panel. Businesses certified by a GSTC-Accredited certification program can also use the GSTC language and logo when they meet all GSTC Criteria. The purpose of the GSTC programs is to recognize and reward genuine practitioners of sustainable tourism, which in turn builds confidence and credibility with consumers.
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) establishes and manages global sustainable tourism standards with the aim of increasing sustainable tourism knowledge and practices among public and private stakeholders. The GSTC is an independent and neutral USA-registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that establishes and manages global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism. The standards are two sets of GSTC Criteria: Destination Criteria and Industry Criteria, the minimum requirements for tourism businesses and destinations to pursue in order to protect and sustain the world’s natural and cultural resources, along with conservation and poverty alleviation. The GSTC represents a diverse and global membership, including UN agencies, leading travel companies, hotels, country tourism boards, tour operators, individuals, and communities – all strive to achieve best practices in sustainable tourism.
The Travelife certification standard follows the management logic of a travel company and is in compliance with ISO 14001, OECD, The Global Reporting Initiative, ISO 26000 and the GSTC Industry criteria. Travelife is the scheme of choice of more than 30 national and international travel associations and is affordable for micro to multinational companies.
Where are we now?
There are three stages at Travelife sustainable tourism program and now we are at engagement stage and planning to partner at the end of March. Our ultimate goal is to be travelife certified tour operator in near future. We love our country and we do encourage everyone in tourism industry including our suppliers, employees, communities and one of the most of the important people, our guests. Since we are an engaged member at Travelife, we are also very proud to be a member of MSTON (Myanmar Sustainable Tour Operator Network) which was just launched on 20 of January 2018.
Read more our commitment to sustainable travel.