Good Travel Seal Criteria
The Good Travel Seal features 10 universal responsible tourism criteria for destinations and businesses
In the section below all the ten themes are presented.
Use a sustainable tourism management system and publicly communicate sustainability performance
– Uses a management approach or system with written guidelines to evaluate, manage and improve sustainability in the short and long-term and publicly communicates its sustainability policy, actions and performance.
Support local community development
– Actively supports initiatives to improve social community development, e.g. quality of life, local facilities and infrastructure. Activities do not jeopardize the provision of basic services, such as food, water, energy, healthcare or sanitation, to the neighbouring community.
Offer equal opportunities and fair employment to all and to the local community
– Labour rights are respected, and a safe and inclusive working environment is provided. Residents are given equal opportunities of employment and advancement without discrimination.
Minimise energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
– Minimises energy consumption, identifies sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and reduces the amount of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) used while making efforts to increase the use of renewable energy.
Adapt to the climate emergency in a green way
– Measures are implemented to combat the expected impacts of the climate emergency and to enhance climate resilience and adaptation, in a socially and environmentally friendly way.
Avoid waste, especially single-use disposables and plastics
– Prevents the use of single-use disposables and has a policy in place to reuse or recycle them.
Prevent noise, air and water pollution and waste of water
– Takes steps to prevent pollution from noise, light, runoff, erosion, ozone-depleting substances, and air, water and soil contaminants and reduces water consumption.
Promote local, eco-friendly and Fairtrade products
– When purchasing and offering goods and services, priority is given to local and fair trade suppliers whenever these are available and of sufficient quality.
Promote ecological protection and regeneration
– Supports and contributes to biodiversity conservation and ecological regeneration, including through appropriate management of its own property. Particular attention is paid to natural protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value. Any disturbance of natural ecosystems is minimized, rehabilitated and there is a compensatory contribution to conservation management.
Protect the local cultural heritage and sense of place
– Contributes to the protection, preservation and enhancement of local properties, sites and traditions of historical, archaeological, cultural and spiritual significance and does not impede access to them by local residents.