Nature Discovery officially obtained the Travelife Partner award in October 2018 in recognition of our leading role and long-term efforts in sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Travelife is the leading international sustainability certification in the travel sector and was established with the support of the European Commission and jointly managed by the Association of British Travel Agents and ECEAT-Projects, an NGO in Amsterdam.
Travelife provides tourism companies with realistic objectives and gives them tools and solutions to implement positive change within their businesses and promote sustainable development standards.
In order to obtain this award, Nature Discovery complied with over 100 criteria covering every aspect of the way we work, including all business management and tour operating practices.
In awarding this certification to Nature Discovery in London at the World Travel Market in early November 2018, Naut Kusters, the manager of Travelife, explained its significance:
“I am delighted to see that sustainability in the tour operators sector is obtaining momentum. The award of the first few tourism companies in Tanzania sets an example for the African tourism sector. It will inspire other companies to follow the same path.”
We’re thrilled our focus on sustainability has been further recognised so soon after we won the Best Responsible Tourism Product Award 2018
Well before “sustainability” became the catch-phrase that’s used so often today, we’d been on this approach for decades through endeavours such as:
- Pioneering Fair porter treatment standards with KPAP
- Minimizing our footprint on the earth by offsetting our carbon with Carbon Tanzania
- Developing Leave No Trace mentors and cleaning up Tanzania
- Development of the Arusha Bicycle Center as a means of sports development and green transport growth in Arusha.
- Supporting local and community projects such as the School of St. Jude’s
There’s no doubt that this has led to our being widely recognised as “the best” Kilimanjaro Outfitter; it’s fantastic our efforts have been noticed and are now being adopted by other companies.
Buoyed by this latest accolade, we’re looking forward to continuing to lead the way in the field of sustainability and corporate responsibility. It’s a win- win for everyone; us, our community, the environment and our guests who help contribute to positive change simply by enjoying a Tanzanian adventure organised by us.