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Travelife Partner sustainability award for Cayman Turtle Conservation and Education Centre Amsterdam, July 28, 2023, The Travelife Partner award was received today by Cayman Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (CTCEC), Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. The award is a recognition for the long-term efforts and front-runner position of CTCEC regarding sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.
CTCEC complies with more than 100 criteria, related to an operators’ office management, product range, international business partners and customer information. The Travelife standard is covering the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including environment, biodiversity, human rights and labour relations; and is formally Recognised as in full compliance with the UN supported Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.
CTCEC is the first organisation in the Cayman Islands to have reached the Travelife Partner award.
Mr Naut Kusters, manager of Travelife for tour operators, states “I am delighted to see that sustainability in the tour operator sector is obtaining momentum. The award of the front runner Cayman Turtle Conservation and Education Centre will inspire other companies in the Cayman Islands to follow the same path”. Renee Howell, Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer at Cayman Turtle Conservation and Education Centre championed the Sustainability Partnership as the organisations' Sustainability Manager and Training Coordinator. “The award of Partner with Travelife is a testament to CTCECs sustainability commitment to our Islands, our oceans and marine life, and to our community as a whole.” Mrs. Howell continued, “We are beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Travelife, and continually improve our Sustainable Business Practices for the betterment of the Cayman Islands.”
Travelife is the leading international sustainability certification for the travel sector. More than 40 national travel associations are promoting the scheme to their members, including 20 European Travel associations and The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). Since 2012, more than 1,500 tour operators have been trained in CSR and more than 500 tour operators have received a Travelife award.
Cayman Turtle Conservation and Education Centre
Renee Howell, phone +1 345 9167361
Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer
Travelife for Tour operators and Travel agents
Naut Kusters, phone +31 6 48805 475
About Travelife (www.travelife.org)
Travelife is a certification system, dedicated to achieving sustainable practices within the tourism industry. It provides companies with realistic sustainability goals, tools and solutions to implement positive change within their businesses and supply chains. Travelife is managed by ABTA – The Travel Association in the UK - and by ECEAT Projects - a not-for-profit organisation based in The Netherlands. Travelife has two key focuses:
Travelife for Tour operators and Travel agents: the system provides online training and practical tools for sustainability management and certification. The training and online tools are suitable for tour operators and travel agencies of any size and cover all management aspects of the travel company business including office operations, the supply chain, destinations and consumers. Upon submitting a report in compliance with the Travelife standard (based on an independent onsite audit), the company can obtain the “Travelife Certified” status.
The Travelife standard for Tour operators and Travel agencies is based upon the full Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including labour conditions, human rights, environment, biodiversity and fair business practices. The management requirements are compatible with EMAS and ISO 14001. The system is supported by more than 35 national travel associations to further its implementation among members.
About Cayman Turtle Conservation and Education Centre
Cayman Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (CTCEC) is a conservation, education, and scientific research organisation, and one of the largest tourist attractions in the Cayman Islands. Its mission and work encompass a multifaceted approach to the conservation of sea turtles and other indigenous animals. Through an extensive and proven captive breeding, rearing and release programme, the Centre’s aim is to sustain and increase the wild population of sea turtles in the Cayman Islands, as well as other at-risk species such as the Cayman Parrot. The organisation advances the results through the release of captive-bred sea turtles into the wild, by collaborative scientific studies, and by integrating conservation with the education of visitors and residents.