The Travel Foundation works in partnership with the industry to develop programmes to train staff on sustainable tourism. Their website offers a number of guides, videos and pamphlets useful for training staff on sustainable tourism.
Destinet – DestiNet is a Portal for tourism destinations and their stakeholders. The website contains information about sustainble tourism, indicators, policy, guidelines and many useful links to certification, definitions and stakeholders.
Tour Operator Initiatives Best Practices
A ‘green’ checklist for hotels, an education programme for customers on coral reef protection in the Red Sea and financial support to local communities in the Dominican Republic are just some of the actions being undertaken by tour operators in their efforts to promote integration of environmental and social practices in their every day businesses.
The Tour Operators´ Initiative (TOI), a group of 25 tour operating companies, ranging from small specialised operators to some of the biggest names in the business, including First Choice and TUI AG, has compiled a collection of case studies to demonstrate how holiday packages can be successfully developed on sustainability principles.
Released on Environmental Awareness Day at the World Travel Market, their new report, “Sustainable Tourism: The Tour Operators’ Contribution,” shows practical ways in which tour operators can contribute to sustainable development by working with their suppliers, with their customers, with stakeholders in destinations and with their own staff.
Over 30 case studies, grouped in the key business areas of supply chain management; internal management; product management and development; customer relations; and co-operation with destinations provide an overview of the diverse approaches and tools that tour operators can adopt. The supply chain management examples include the use of `green’ checklists to assess hoteliers, the introduction of environmental clauses into contracts, the provision of technical assistance, and the introduction of a suppliers´ food hygiene campaign. Each example provides an overview of the development and implementation processes as well as an analysis of the benefits generated for the company, the local community and for the environment.
Best Practices Database
This searchable database contains over 1600 proven solutions from more than 140 countries to the common social, economic and environmental problems of an urbanizing world. It demonstrates the practical ways in which public, private and civil society sectors are working together to improve governance, eradicate poverty, provide access to shelter, land and basic services, protect the environment and support economic development.
Stepping up: creating a sustainable tourism enterprise strategy that delivers in the developing world
Pointing to the link between conservation and poverty alleviation, this paper assesses the potential of sustainable tourism or ecotourism as an effective poverty reduction strategy.
IADB’s publication series on certification.
Check out this website for a series of practical, how-to handbooks on sustainable tourism certification