Why sustainable tourism business? For starters, sustainability is becoming the new norm as many businesses around the world incorporate sustainability into their business DNA. Sustainability is all about long-term strategic actions businesses can take and implement to ensure that their business positively impacts the environment and society.
As the number of socially responsible travellers grows, so does the need for tourism businesses to adapt to this demand and there is no time like now as the word’s concerns grow over climate change, over-tourism and ocean pollution to name a few.
I should add that the benefits of building a sustainable business brand go far beyond doing the right thing for the planet and people. Customers, employees and investors are also placing a higher value on businesses that have sustainable practices.
HOW WE CHOOSE
At Eco Island Travel we look for two main things:
(1) Tour operators and accommodations should have an existing sustainable travel policy to be vetted and once vetted and accepted onto the Eco Island Travel site, they must be able to show how their tour or accommodation makes a difference. No sustainable policy in place? Get in contact with us so we can assist you with developing a policy!
(2) Tour operators and accommodations should also be able to show how their business maximises its environmental, social and economic impact and how they minimise negative impacts. This is important to Eco Island Travel as it will provide customers with the confidence to know that their booking is making a difference, crucial to whether they make a booking or not. Not sure about how your business is making a difference? Reach out to us for guidance on how your business can make a positive impact.
HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER
If your business meets the above criteria, your business will be eligible to become a member of Eco Island Travel. An annual membership fee is applicable and there are several membership levels that you can join.
Eco Island Travel is a social enterprise travel company focused on helping travellers discover exploration and adventure through sustainable and cultural journeys. Eco Island Travel makes exploring and having new adventures in Bermuda easier by letting you know the best ways to explore and by creating experiences tailored around you, that all have a positive impact.