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We ask all our members to sign up to our promise. This means that all the tour operators and accommodation providers who advertise their holidays on our site have agreed to it and described on their page how they have chosen to implement it locally.
Environment – We ask our members to describe how they address two or more of the environmental sustainability promises that are most important in their local area.
We know our wildlife, are committed to conservation it and encourage guests to follow our lead.
We free the land, sea and waterways from rubbish and pollution.
We show we understand why water is too precious to waste and, when it rains, we savour every drop.
We reduce our energy and find local renewable energy sources for our energy.
We build, restore and equip using carefully sourced local materials and in a style that tells the cultural or geological story of the landscape.
We recommend low carbon transport and make the journey as stimulating and sustainable as the stay.
We use suppliers that match our environmental values.
Community – We ask our members to describe how they address two or more of the community sustainability promises that are most important in their local area.
- Friends & neighbors
We know where to find all things local and we support/ recommend our neighbors, spreading tourism income to those most in need.
- Campaigning for change
We recognize local issues and actively campaign to address them.
- Volunteering & charity
We support local projects & people through volunteering, fundraising or charity.
- A fair deal.
We offer local people good working conditions, a fair wage, and empower them with training opportunities.
- Local crafts and culture
We sustain jobs and cultural diversity by supporting local craft makers and artisans, and promoting cultural attractions.
- Traveling with respect
We work to create good relationships between tourists and the local community
Redefining travel and tourism as a global force for good
Today, in response to urgent threats facing our planet, we are convening leading tourism corporations, organizations, and destinations to positively impact the lives of at least 10 million residents and their families by 2025. Collectively, we are redefining global travel and tourism as a force for good and measuring its impact on people and places.
- Social empowerment to protect against tourim homogenization and community marginalization
- Economic viability to promote collective pride of ownership and as a tool for alleviating poverty and
- Environmental responsibility to preserve ecosystems for future generations.
It is about preserving ecosystems, educating visitors about conservation, empowering localities, operating sustainable tourist attractions – and, most of all, having fun and unique travel experiences!
Greenloons defends the principles of ecotourism in that the travel experience should:
- Support the conservation of natural areas and wildlife
- Minimize air and water pollution as well as tourist waste
- Offer safe and enriching or educational visitor experiences
- Respect the cultural tradition of the host destination
- Maintain and enhance the landscape so as to avoid physical or environmental degradation
- Efficiently use scarce or non-renewable resources, and
- Maximize opportunities for local prosperity for the host destination in the form of long-term economic viability for tourism, local management control, quality employment, local retention of visitor spending, and fair distribution of economic and social benefits.
Green Hotels Association's first goal is to give our members all the information we can gather on ways to conserve and save. We feel sure that by using the ideas, techniques and information we provide, all properties can easily save more than the membership costs. The information is provided in our cornucopia of ideas, GHA's 157-page Membership Conservation Guidelines & Ideas, and six issues a year of our smart, information-filled 8-page Greening Newsletter. Our second goal is to bring new business to your doors. We do that through press releases we send out which attract media attention. We also accomplish that through our website which is very steady at 40,000 to 100,000 hits a day everyday with spikes as high as 280,000 hits in a day! GHA's website had 125,058 unique visitors and 6,428,217 hits in 2013—and will certainly bring new guests, clients and business to your green doors!
Media attention has always been almost ecstatic, which brings special attention to all of our members. Each property must market their greenness, first with an environmental webpage touting your green activities and plans while letting guests and clients know what is offered greenwise at your property. Further environmental web pages addressing separate client segments (weddings, reunions, business meetings, conventions, etc.) are suggested. These special webpages will inform clients of what you offer their particular group regarding greening as well as suggestions on green activities pre- and post-event which guests and clients can implement to further green their event. At least one press release should be distributed each year by every member to all media contacts within 300 miles of the property regarding the member's green achievements and plans.
Launched in 2005, EnvironmentallyFriendlyHotels is recognized as the go-to guide to green hotels, and the earliest and most comprehensive searchable database and guide to sustainable hotels around the world. We are owned and operated by HealthyStays.com, LLC, a company whose mission is to connect eco-conscious and health-oriented travelers with green and healthy hotels around the world. Here are some of our highlights:
- Major site redesign and re-launch on Earth Day: April 22, 2013
- Strong Google page rank of 5 on our homepage and 4 on first level inner pages
- Positive press from leading news sources including Newsweek, Washington Post, MSNBC, USA Today, and The Austin Chronicle
- Global site visitors with the most coming from the USA and additional visitors from more than 50 other countries (especially in Europe and Asia)
- High organic search ranking for green hotel related search terms
EnvironmentallyFriendlyHotels.com is a proud member of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of over 1200 businesses in 48 countries that commit 1% of sales to more than 3000 environmental groups around the world. Participating in 1% for the planet means we can donate one percent of our sales revenue to the environmental organizations of our choice. We decided this fits in perfectly with our sustainability values and the mission of EnvironmentallyFriendlyHotels.com. We are very excited to be a part of 1% for the Planet and to help with its work to protect the environment. We encourage our business associates to visit their website One Percent For The Planet for more information.
ECOCLUB.com – International Ecotourism Club is a global, mutual aid network for an Ecological and Equitable Tourism built around our award-winning, high-traffic website (see our verified Statistics at Quantcast). We started out in 1999 and today have Members worldwide. Fifteen years later, we still believe that local communities may cover, if they wish, their real needs and aspirations through appropriate forms of tourism. More broadly we still believe in a voluntary and peaceful passage to a better world, a world without borders, divisions, violence or oppression, serving the well-being and respecting the rights of all people and other life forms. Examples and good practices of this alternative, better & happier world already exist and new ones pop-up every day, so we cooperatively try to promote and propagate them. On a day to day basis, we try to support genuine ecotourism practitioners, academics and students, offer specialist resources and an alternative, free Ecolodge Rating System. ECOCLUB.com is coordinated by a small team based in Athens, Greece, the birthplace of direct democracy and one of the earliest tourism destinations. The word and mark ECOCLUB® is a registered trademark of our company ECOCLUB S.A. which is the legal owner of this website.