HOVIMA Hotels has the Gold Travelife certification in all its hotels, but surely you wonder, what does that award mean? We want to tell you what it is so that you understand our commitment to sustainability and the environment.
“Travelife is a leading training, management and certification initiative for tourism companies committed to reaching sustainability.”
Founded in 2007, the Travelife Sustainability System is an initiative dedicated to promoting sustainable practices within the travel and tourism industry.
The Travelife Sustainability System is constituted as an initiative dedicated to promoting sustainable practices in the tourism sector.
Travelife helps hotels and other types of accommodation to manage their social and environmental impacts, in addition to communicating the achievements to its clients.
Travelife for Hotels and Accommodations provides a range of support to help members progress towards their third party audit, including an online sustainability checklist based on European and International standards, which enables properties to manage their performance and their monitor progress. Once subscribed, properties receive a full, third party, environmental and social audit, and if they fulfil the requirements of the sustainability system criteria, they may achieve the Travelife Gold certification. This certification can then be highlighted in their brochures, on their websites or other guest communications, as well as displaying their Travelife certification plaque in a public area of their property.
The four areas to taking action:
- Minimising their environmental impacts
- Improving the economic and social impacts for people in their community
- Respecting and protecting human rights and fair labour practices
- Safeguarding animal welfare and biodiversity
The Travelife certification programme provides you with a state of the art and affordable certification standard to evaluate, prove and communicate your sustainability achievements.
The Travelife certification programme follows a three-stage approach.
Stage 1: Travelife Engaged
In the first stage the company commits itself and introduces the appropriate management procedures. An appointed Sustainability Co-ordinator obtains the personal Travelife certificate and elementary steps and good practices are implemented. During this ‘engagement’ stage the company itself is not rewarded yet.
Stage 2: Travelife Partner
Based on a sustainability report and compliance with basic requirements assessed by Travelife, the company will reach the Travelife Partner status. This status enables the company to communicate its sustainability commitment and achievements with the support of the Travelife Partner logo. The company is now qualified to work step-by-step towards the final stage.
Stage 3: Travelife Certified
In the third stage, the company’s compliance with the international Travelife Certified standard for travel companies will be evaluated by an independent auditor based on an on-site assessment. The requirements are stronger than the basic requirements of the Travelife Partner standard and are in line with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council