Sustainable Travel International has moved the whole tourism industry forward in amazing ways. It is hard to believe how much they have accomplished over the years. The most impressive thing about them is how well they connect everyone from the big companies, to destinations, to individual tour operators with one informed vision for how tourism can help make the world a better place.
Southern Cone Journeys became a member of Sustainable Travel International (STI) last year and we've had the best experience so far. The webinars have been incredibly useful since the information and experiences shared are valuable and applicable to our business as a responsible inbound tour operator in Chile. We are also undergoing the STEP certification process, which has been great to help us identify what we're doing right and what we can improve in order to be even more sustainable in the future. Soon we'll be the first company in Chile with this certification and we look forward to collaborating with STI to promote sustainability in tourism in the country. This partnership is one of the best things that has happened to us!
STI has done an impressive job of creating programs to help destinations and businesses around the world understand how to make their supply chain more sustainable and more supportive of a healthy people and planet. They've been leaders in the effort to create a single global standard for sustainability practices in the tourism sector and their work has helped to move the industry as a whole towards a better future.
Today my middle school aged children can explain carbon offsets but whenI started hearing about offsetting greenhouse gasses, in the pre-Inconvenient Truth days five or six years ago, I didn't understand why climate change had the scientific community so concerned. That is when I first became aware of STI. I heard STI's founders explain the science behind climate change and learned that it was something that I could not only understand but something that I could find some ways to address in my own life. I have been a great admirer of their work ever since then.
STI is an efficient, high energy, low overhead nonprofit doing great things with few resources. It's an impressive organization all around, not least the dedicated team who run it.
Sustainable Travel International has been an invaluable partner to Travel Oregon on numerous fronts by providing us with quality information on the sustainable/green travel market, serving as an advisor on our front-line sustainability initiatives, providing administrative support on large-scale, collaborative projects to foster sustainable development in the Northwest, and by speaking at opportune engagements to further our industry's knowledge of sustainable travel. STI's staff is knowledgeable and professional and they have a great sense of adaptability to ensure that they're meeting the client where the client is at and moving forward from there.
STI plays a unique role in engaging all key stakeholders to improve tourism around the World to increase benefits to local communities, protect natural and cultural destinations and improve business practices. They are an NGO that knows how to tread the fine balance between partnering with the private sector and maintaining a strong independent voice that maintains their integrity and holds their corporate partners accountable to improve their business operations.
Eco-friendly organizations like STI have really taken a step in the right direction for the preservation of our planet. They assist and encourage everyone else to do their part to make this world a better place!
Has developed one of the most comprehensive assessment tools in the industry. Addresses the needs of the travel community by creating a balanced stakeholder generated standard that is by far the best in the industry. Highly recommended
STI are playing a key role in building global awareness of the importance & benefits of sustainable approaches to tourism development in all forms of economies, ranging from developing to the developed. I have found them a 'user friendly' provider of services.