March 22, 2017, Kathmandu. Royal Mountain Travel, a destination management company (DMC) based in Nepal, was awarded the highest level of Travelife Sustainable Tourism certification at the ITB in Berlin. This makes the company one of the first in Nepal to reach this level.
Shiva Dhakal, Managing Director of Royal Mountain Travel, with the Travelife ‘Certified’ Award.
Soren Stober, Director of Travelife at ABTA, handed out the prestigious Travelife sustainability awards to tour operators from 4 different continents at the trade show in Germany earlier this month. The awards are in recognition of the long-term efforts and the front-runner position of the companies regarding sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Mr. Naut Kusters, General Manager of Travelife for tour operators:
“I am delighted to see that sustainability in the tour operator sector is obtaining momentum. The award of these front-runner companies from Nepal will inspire other Nepali companies to follow the same path.”
In order to attain the ‘Certified’ level, Royal Mountain Travel had to comply with more than 150 criteria, related to office management, product range, international business partners and customer information. The Travelife standard covers the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including environment, biodiversity, human rights and labor relations; and is formally recognized as being in full compliance with the UN supported Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.
Mr. Shiva Dhakal, Managing Director of Royal Mountain Travel, on the award:
“It is a great feeling to receive Travelife’s award for ‘Excellence in Sustainability’. The award, for us, is a token of appreciation from Travelife for the commitment and continuous efforts the company has made to ensure a healthy workplace, an equitable community and a caring attitude towards the environment. Without the dedication of the team at Royal Mountain Travel this success would never have been possible. Our gratitude to Travelife for the recognition, which will only inspire us to put our mind and energy into a more sustainable future.”
Travelife, which was established with the support of the European Commission and international travel associations, is the leading international sustainability certification in the travel sector. More than 35 national travel associations are promoting the scheme to their members, including ABTA (the leading UK travel association), PATA (Pacific Asian Travel Association) and TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal). Since 2012, more than 600 companies, including 60 from Nepal, have been trained in CSR with the support of the Dutch government CBI program. They are now working step-by-step towards more sustainable operations.