Travel with a future for all
International tourism is a huge industry that also provides important sources of income in destination countries. Overall, however, today's tourism contributes to the growing inequality between "North" and "South" worldwide. Relatively little remains in the destination itself, often expensively bought with visible interventions and burdens on site, for people and nature. The so urgently necessary preservation of the natural living base is still belittled by the established mass tourism in view of the hoped-for big profits. The best example is tourist air traffic, one of the key climate drivers: How are the real emissions of kerosene-based air traffic ever supposed to decrease if airlines and travel companies above all else have to continue to grow? In the service of the rich economies, the travel business has ballooned into an artificial vacation spectacle in which only those who play along well earn well. In short: Travel with a future for all must look different.
We see the realistic assessment of the local and global sustainability of our travel activities as an important step. As a local tour operator, we only want to offer trips with a positive overall balance for the destination. To determine this, we have our own sustainability strategy and independent accompany by the certifier Travelife. This strategy, the standards, the monitoring, the greater transparency serve the sole purpose of ensuring that tourism really makes an appropriate solidarity contribution, locally and globally. It is about nothing less than a new quality initiative of travel. Because travel actually has a special potential to contribute to global justice and world peace. Our travel programs therefore put emphasis on the personal and social values of travel ("mindfulness"), on what connects and personally inspires, far beyond mere recreation from working life.
„WTTC SafeTravels” Stamp
As a partner of the World Travel & Tourism Council, Travelife also awards the "WTTC SafeTravels" seal to its partners, after a training session. The seal identifies those companies and destinations worldwide that are committed to complying with the WTTC's global health and hygiene standards (protocols) for safe travel.
The „Future of Tourism“ initiative
We stand with conviction behind the 13 guiding principles of the "Future of Tourism" initiative , which was founded in the interest of sustainable tourism practices worldwide.
Projects of community based development
We invent and realize projects in the fields of tourism, environmental education, nature conservation ("community based development"). Often the local communities themselves have the potential to take matters into their own hands and ensure better and sustainable living conditions on the ground. For this we want to raise local awareness, network activities and contribute with own projects. It is no coincidence that Berati Tours Albania emerged from a civil society initiative.
For your further questions or suggestions on the subject of travel & sustainability, please get in contact with us by our general contact form.