London, 18 November, 2019 - Travelife for Accommodation, an international accommodation sustainability certification scheme, and Ecotourism Kenya, a regional sustainability label, have signed an agreement to collaborate on certification for accommodation providers in Kenya. This collaboration will enable Kenyan properties to achieve both the Ecotourism Kenya label and the internationally recognised Travelife Gold Certification after an onsite audit that will be conducted by auditors working for Ecotourism Kenya that have been specially trained by Travelife.
"By collaborating with Travelife, we are making it simpler for Kenyan accommodation providers to demonstrate their commitment to operating responsibly at an international and local level so that visitors to Kenya can rely on Travelife and Ecotourism Kenya certification." said Grace Nderitu, CEO of Ecotourism Kenya.
Ecotourism Kenya member properties will now be able to join Travelife to access a variety of online tools and resources that will help them improve their sustainability performance. When they are ready, an onsite audit will be carried out by a Travelife Approved Auditor. If successful, they will receive both the Travelife Gold and Ecotourism Kenya labels. They will be listed on Travelife's global consumer website, the Travelife Collection, and be highlighted to Travelife's tour operator members. This enables tour operators, travel agents and travellers to more easily identify sustainable accommodation providers in Kenya.
"We are delighted to announce this important collaboration with Ecotourism Kenya and look forward to welcoming new properties from Kenya to join our 1,500 Members around the world who are committed to sustainable business practices. Sustainability certification is a proven method for improving the environmental and social impacts of tourism and is the only way that an accommodation provider can independently verify their sustainability claims. We are confident that our work with Ecotourism Kenya will have a really positive impact in the region." said Carolyn Wincer, Commercial Director for Travelife.