PATA has teamed up with EarthCheck, leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism. EarthCheck adheres to the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC), the global mark for standards in sustainable travel and tourism. Through this partnership, EarthCheck will benchmark PATA Headquarters, and has created an online Carbon Calculator for use by PATA members, which allows small to medium enterprises to estimate their carbon impact and provides tips on how their emissions may be easily reduced.
EarthCheck offers four certification programs that each cater to the needs of different sectors of the industry. They are:
- EarthCheck Certified– this program helps organisations to reduce costs, managing risk and deliver reporting compliance.
- EarthCheck Design– these internationally recognised Design Standards provide a holistic framework that promotes leadership and innovation in planning and design. The Standards assist designers, architects and developers in the planning and design phase of sustainable buildings and precincts.
- EarthCheck Evaluate– the ideal starting point for operators who wish to become green, clean and more socially responsible.
- EarthCheck Destinations– this program is used by destinations around the world to achieve Best Practice sustainability results. The program uses EarthCheck science to deliver improved environment, culture, social, and economic outcomes.
EarthCheck also offers programs that are suitable for schools and business clusters, as well as a range of accredited training courses that help with internal capacity building and consulting services.
Visit Sustainable Tourism Online for a comprehensive online information resource delivering substantial research, data and tools within the sustainable tourism sector.
With the help of EarthCheck, PATA has officially launched this site – one of the most exciting features of the site is a suite of case studies from Sustainable Tourism Online, which has been made available for download on sustain.pata.org, courtesy of EarthCheck, which includes examples of more than 800 best practice initiatives. The case studies are the result of more than US$260 million worth of research from the Australian government. They focus on destinations and communities, business operations, and parks and culture, and the different processes of sustainable tourism development.
EarthCheck CEO Stewart Moore noted that, “EarthCheck is excited about providing this ecotourism reference library for PATA members. The EarthCheck Research Institute, a not-for-profit company, will continue to refresh and update sustain.pata.org with case studies and procedural advice on how to take action.”
“This year EarthCheck will also work with PATA and APEC to launch our Leading Destinations of the World program. Where we will provide destinations with a one stop shop with everything they need for destination management, planning and product development,” added Moore.
Read the full press release here.