Achieving a Travelife Certification isn't easy - it requires management and staff commitment, investment of time and money, and can even lead to a business totally transforming the way it operates. All Travelife certified hotels and accommodations must undertake an independent on-site audit to prove they meet our strict criteria before they receive a Travelife Certification.
Many hotels are not successful first time around and invest several years of effort in improving the sustainability of their business before they are at the level to achieve a Travelife award.
If they can prove they meet the Travelife sustainability criteria successful hotels and accommodations will achieve either a Travelife Gold award or Travelife Award of Excellence. Both of these awards are based on the Travelife Standard, which has been officially approved by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.
The old Travelife criteria
In 2014 Travelife for Hotels & Accommodations changed its award criteria. Previously there were three levels of Travelife award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The aim of Travelife was initially to act as a stepping-stone for hotels to become more sustainable. However, due to improving standards in the industry, it was decided that for the Travelife awards to be really meaningful they needed to be more extensive and demanding.
For a Travelife-certified hotel to maintain their award they must be audited every two years. Audits are undertaken on a rolling basis, depending when the hotel was first audited. Therefore in the transition period between the old criteria and the new criteria (January 2014 to January 2016) the Travelife Collection website will feature properties that were certified under the old criteria and the new ones. From January 2016 onwards all Travelife certified properties will have been audited under the new criteria.
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