Travelife is an international sustainability certification programme for hotels and accommodations. We work in partnership with tour operators, travel agents and accommodation providers to help protect destinations for the future and increase the positive impacts of the holidays they offer.
This includes supporting local businesses, buying local goods where possible, and protecting the environment and the well-being of people, including their staff, customers and suppliers. By working in partnership with accommodations, tour operators and travel agents around the world, together we are starting to change the way tourism businesses operate and make a significant contribution to sustainable tourism.
Travelife is proud to work together with a wide number of tour operators who are committed to improving the sustainability performance of the hotels they work with. This is helping to create - and you to easily find - more sustainable accommodation options.
The list below shows Travelife partner tour operators that are committed to providing holidays with more sustainable hotels, increasing your choice of accommodations that protect and respect their local environment, the people who work for them and the local communities where they operate.
Select a country from the following list to view Tour Operators that currently support Travelife within their businesses.
The Co-operative Travel offers more choice than any other travel agency, in nationwide high street branches, call centres and website, taking care of more than two million passengers annually. Ethics are close to our heart and we were the first high street travel agent to launch an Ethical Strategy supporting sustainable tourism.
As part of our commitment to sustainability we feature 11 Travelife accredited properties within our brochure and are committed to a target of increasing this number to at least 25 by the end of 2010. It is important that our customers who wish to try and address the challenge of how to minimise the environmental and social impacts of their holiday, have the option of doing so.
As part of The Co-operative Group our commitment to sustainability is high on our agenda. We are involved in a number of projects that aim to shape the future of tourism. We were a key supporter of Overland Heaven and Tourism 2023. Overland Heaven aims to make low carbon overland travel between the UK and Europe more accessible. Tourism 2023 aims to help the UK outbound tourism industry prepare for the impacts of climate change, waste security, a growing and ageing global population, an increase in the cost of resources and political instability. We are a major supporter of the Travel Foundation to support communities in holiday destinations worldwide by investing in sustainable tourism initiatives. In conjunction with the Travel Foundation we are in the process of working up an innovative project to link agricultural co-operatives with local hotel supply chains in Turkey. In 2009 we piloted a unique education programme, The Greener Travel award, which teaches children about responsible tourism. In 2010 we are running this education programme again with a further 50 schools. The Co-operative Group works with Climate Care, an organisation dedicated to combating climate change to provide our customers with an easy way to counteract the impact their flight has on the environment.