International Travel

Green Business Standard

Includes domestic travel; ecotourism; guiding; travel information

All standards are required unless noted.

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Restored & Protected Environment

Required

  • Minimizes negative impact on environmental and cultural resources.
  • Builds environmental awareness and respect.
  • Empowers travelers to reduce their environmental impact through education on eco friendly travel advice specific to location.
  • Uses or encourages low-impact lodging and has criteria and method for evaluation.
  • Provides resources on sustainable travel and destinations on website.

Preferred

  • Engages in traveler’s philanthropy to provide direct financial benefits for ecosystem conservation.
  • Tours use eco friendly modes of transportation.

Social & Economic Justice

Required

  • Recognizes and empowers the rights and spiritual beliefs of Indigenous People in host countries.
  • Raises sensitivity to host countries’ political, cultural, and  social climates.
  • Activities and behavior and respectful of local cultures.
  • Guides have been vetted and well-trained in line with company values.

Preferred

  • Engages in traveler’s philanthropy to provide direct financial benefits for community welfare and/or cultural resource conservation.

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