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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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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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Ecotourism Certification Standards: Sweden’s Nature’s Best eco-label

Sweden has long exemplified family, sustainability, rugged terrain, and hospitable tourism. Nature´s Best is the first national quality label for nature tours in Europe. In 2002 and coinciding with the United Nation’s declaration as the...
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Deconstructing United Kingdom’s Green Tourism Business Scheme

With tourism a very important part of the economy, the United Kingdom has worked diligently for decades to make sustainability and green tourism a mainstream concept – and it is working! According to Green Business...
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Deconstructing Norwegian Ecotourism Certification Standards

In line with its deep traditions of environmental consciousness and sustainability, Norway has many environmental and quality labels for the travel and tourism industry including Green Key for lodging and restaurants, the Blue Flag for...
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Ecotourism Certification Standards: Deconstructing Ecotourism Kenya Eco-Rating

The Ecotourism Certification Standards series continues with the Ecotourism Kenya Eco-Rating certification. Kenya boasts seven diverse habitats within its borders; they range from open savannah to sandy beaches, deep forests to snow-capped mountains, wild deserts...
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Botswana Certification: Ecotourism Conservation of Okavango Wetland

Situated due north of South Africa, Botswana has differentiated itself as an ecotourism destination since 2002, when it first developed the Biokavango Project, which was a national ecotourism strategy aimed at conserving the Okavango wetland...
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Ecotourism Certification Standards: The Tourism Sustainability Council

For decades, the concept of sustainable tourism was an intriguing and profitable one that, without defined criteria, resulted in the utilization of greenwashing practices by various travel industry suppliers.  In order to build consumer confidence...
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Sustainable Tourism Mission of Rainforest Alliance

Recently, the Rainforest Alliance introduced its stricter Rainforest Alliance Verified ™ seal to delineate, for ecotourism purposes, tourism enterprises and projects that meet criteria developed by the Rainforest Alliance or by other aligned organizations. So,...
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The Link Between the United Nations Global Compact & Ecotourism

The United Nations Global Compact (Global Compact) is a voluntary, strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and coordinating their strategies with...
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