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Badges & Certificates

Sustainable Tourism is very popular and is used as a marketing method by many hotels and tour operators. Nearly everywhere in tourism industry you can find badges and certificates that seem to confirm that the organization works sustainable. It is important to know where these certificates come from and who issues them. Most of these labels are issued by companies which usually require a paid membership of the hotel or of the audited organization. But the quality criteria differ significantly from supplier to supplier. While some rely on information given by the hotel or tour operator during the registration procedure and do not check if the provided informations are true, other certificate issuers are really involved in the structures of the certified organization. They offer tools and influence the management, the strategy and the orientation of the company. They act as guidelines and provide standards for international comparisons. So if you want to rely on sustainability certificates you should invest a little time in research. Often the Internet sites of the certificate issuer already gives a first insight …

Politics

When it comes to Sustainable Tourism politics is a very complex theme. There are many different views. It is a fact that many developing countries do not have a democratic government. Human rights are often not respected. So should I travel to these countries? The answer is: It depends… While many dictators use incoming tourist money to manifest their regimen or fill their own bank accounts, the contact with the tourists and the money they spend also offers chances to the local people. Tourism can create jobs. Where there are tourists there is a need for all kinds of services – from taxi drivers to waiters, guides and many other. Money is a key factor for the development of local communities. But often the tourist money mostly benefits international or government owned hotel chains and tour operators. That is where Sustainable Tourism comes in. Truly sustainable projects directly benefit the local community no matter if it is a hotel, a guided tour or a taxi service. So if you are traveling to these kinds of countries you …