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Eco-Certifications

What Does Eco-certification Really Mean for Travelers?

What does the term “obtained a qualified third party eco-certification” really mean to travelers? Is it a “green” seal of approval? Does it mean that a tourism supplier is also operating in a sustainable, responsible,...
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Difference Between Rainforest Alliance Verification & Certification

One of the primary aims of Greenloons is to educate consumers to understand both the similarities and different nuances among the various tourism certifications that exist across the globe today. While we have offered an...
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Is New Zealand Doing Enough With its Qualmark Enviro Eco-label to Support Ecotourism?

New Zealand has long been regarded as a clean and green destination as a result of its rich and fragile natural landscape. But in recent years, there had been controversy as to whether its official...
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Demystifying the Netherlands’ Green Key Eco Certification

The Netherlands, best known for its tulips, wooden shoes, windmills, and canals, also has its own eco-label for environmentally friendly businesses called the Green Key Eco Certification (formerly called the Milieubarometer). Originally created in 1998,...
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Don’t Be Duped By Eco! Value of Eco Certifications

With the advent of words such as green, environmentally friendly, sustainable and eco as powerful marketing slogans, it should come as no surprise that many organizations within the tourism industry have adopted these terms to...
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Deconstructing the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism (CETS)

In general, European vacationers view ecotourism as a way to minimize their carbon footprint entirely by first traveling by train, for example, and then staying in rural areas where they can hike or go camping....
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Making Sense of Europe’s VISIT Eco-labels

Ask most international travelers about the eco-label that most comes to mind for sustainable tourism and the common answer given will be Europe’s VISIT eco-label. Yet, the European VISIT (Voluntary Initiative for Sustainability in Tourism)...
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Free Eco Certification Guide for Sustainable Travel

The only manual of its kind, our eco certification guide to standards clarifies evaluation criteria for the Top 18 eco-vacation accreditations.  We just published a revised comprehensive online certification reference guide aimed at aiding environmentally conscious travelers,...
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Deconstructing Mexico’s SEMARNAT Ecotourism Regulation

As one of the 10 most visited countries in the world, Mexico is the personification of the sun, sand, surf, and cultural heritage vacation. Given its importance of tourism to the economy, Mexico instituted, in...
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Ecotourism Certification Standards: Italy’s Legambiente Turismo Eco-label

Italy’s eco-label for sustainable tourism emphasizes the protection of nature, culture and heritage as well as the improvement of the environment. Since 1997, the Legambiente Turismo eco-label has been awarded to 426 accommodations including agritourism...
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