I choose Icea to certificate Tour Operator because:
ICEA, together with AITR (Italian Association for Responsible Tourism), cooperates with Tourcert to the certification in Italy of Responsible Tourism, according to the standard of social accountability of tourism operators.
Tourcert is the certification body of referral for responsible tourism and unites together experts of the tourism industry, universities, environmental associations, and NGOs involved in international cooperation.
As a first step this certification requires from the operator a declaration of social and environmental accountability regarding the tour operator, organizer of journeys all over the world.
The CSR Tourism certification makes public the info on the impacts due to the actions on society and on the environment of a tour operator.
As a base of the certification process there is the declaration of social accountability (report) of the tour operator that contains environmental and social info based on a special format (core contents and indicators) that allows the comparison of products with the same function.
The Declaration format required by CSR-Tourism is made up of 8 areas and for each one of them were introduced specific indicators of performance and impact.
The areas are:
The company that wants to comply with the standard must:
At present many European tour operators decided to apply CSR Tourism standards and obtained the Tourcet logo, creating within their organizations a social accountability surveying action with their partners and touristic services suppliers.
Is possible to download the documents and write to firstname.lastname@example.org for info on the needed documents and to email@example.com for info on the certification process.
The list of certified tour operators is available on www.tourcert.org.
Referent for tthe Scheme: Lorenzo Paluan firstname.lastname@example.org