certified sustainability

Travellers increasingly focus on whether their trip is organised in a socially and environmentally friendly way. That’s why DER Touristik is continually increasing and successively expanding its range of sustainable trips and products as well as sustainably certified hotels.

Our partners have their hotels certified under the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) internationally recognised certification programmes. Requirements evaluated as part of the GSTC are approved certification systems, and encompass the economical use of electricity and water, pollution prevention, fair working conditions for employees, and cooperation with the local population and businesses. For instance, this covers the purchase of food or craftsmanship services.

Not only our partners, but also our own destination agencies take great strides when it comes to managing their business sustainably. Since 2020, Go Vacation Sri Lanka has been Travelife-certified. In order to become certified, Go Vacation Sri Lanka fulfilled over 160 requirements with criteria under the international ISO 26000 for the protection of employees and the environment.

More than one third of the DMC network is already a Travelife partner in 2022, and two DMCs are certified by Travelife and the Green Globe. All other DMCs are participating in the Travelife programme and aim to be certified by 2023.