The Travelife Partner award was received recently by Phima Voyages Peru. The award is a recognition for the long-term efforts and frontrunner position of Phima Voyages regarding sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Phima Voyages complies with more than 100 criteria, related to an operators’ office management, product range, international business partners and customer information. The Travelife standard is covering the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including environment, biodiversity, human rights and labor relations; and is formally recognized as in full compliance with the UN supported Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.
Phima Voyages is the 2nd company in Peru to have reached the Travelife Partner award.
Mr Naut Kusters, manager of Travelife for tour operators, “I am delighted to see that sustainability in the tour operators sector is obtaining momentum. The award of the front runner Phima Voyages will inspire other companies in Peru to follow the same path”.
Travelife, which has been established with the support of the European Commission, is the leading international sustainability certification for the travel sector. More than 35 national travel associations are promoting the scheme to their members including ABTA, The British Travel Association and PATA, the Pacific Asian Travel Association. Since 2012, more than 600 Asian companies have been trained in CSR with the support of the Dutch government CBI program. They are now working step-by-step towards more sustainable operations.
Emeline Delpuech, phone +51 991 86 95 96
About Phima Voyages
Phima Voyages is a responsible travel agency specializing in tailor-made travel to Northern Peru. Created in March 2015, it is the mission of Phima Voyages to implicate local communities and entrepreneurs in the tourism development of their region. This goal is achieved through training on the spot, structuring traditional activities and counseling for homestays.
Phima Voyages creates market access for their local partners, which gives them an additional income, helps to maintain cultures and tradition and also values the work of woman. Currently Phima Voyages works with 19 different partners, and the objective is to reach 30 in 2021.
Travelife for Tour operators en Travel agents
Naut Kusters, phone +31 6 48805 475
About Travelife (www.travelife.org)
Travelife is a certification system, dedicated to achieving sustainable practices within the tourism industry. It provides companies with realistic sustainability goals, tools and solutions to implement positive change within their businesses and supply chains. Travelife is managed by ABTA – The 2 Travel Association in the UK – and by ECEAT Projects – a not-for-profit organisation based in The Netherlands. Travelife has two key focuses:
Travelife for Tour operators and Travel agents: the system provides online training and practical tools for sustainability management and certification. The training and online tools are suitable for tour operators and travel agencies of any size and cover all management aspects of the travel company business including office operations, the supply chain, destinations and consumers. Upon submitting a report in compliance with the Travelife standard (based on an independent onsite audit), the company can obtain the “Travelife Certified” status.
The Travelife standard for Tour operators and Travel agencies is based upon the full Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including labour conditions, human rights, environment, biodiversity and fair business practices. The management requirements are compatible with EMAS and ISO 14001. The system is supported by more than 35 national travel associations to further its implementation among members.