Buffalo Tours is always striving to help improve standards for responsible travel and sustainable tourism in Asia. We are committed to working with international organizations and regional partners to continually develop strategies for improving environmental protection, social equality and economic empowerment in our local communities.
For this reason, we are happy to announce that Travelife has recently accredited Buffalo Tours with Partner Status, as a result of our efforts and achievements in promoting sustainability. It is our sincere hope that through increased collaboration between tour operators, travel agents, local government agencies and NGOs, we can all work together to raise the standards of responsible travel and create a bright future for sustainable tourism in Asia.
What is Travelife?
Travelife was founded in 2007 and provides training, tools and guidelines for sustainable practices in the travel industry. Their standards promote compliance with guidelines on labour conditions, human rights, environment, biodiversity and fair business practices. The Travelife Sustainability System resulted from the collaboration between ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents), the UK Travel Association and the Dutch ANVR Travel Association, supported by the European Commission, Lund University and Leeds Metropolitan University.
Buffalo Tours has been working closely with Travelife to develop new initiatives for sustainable tourism, especially in relation to animal welfare in Asia. Together with Travelife, animal protection agencies and interest groups, we helped to develop and pioneer an innovative Elephant Camp Audit that has been shown as successful in improving conditions for elephants throughout the region.
With the support of Travelife experts and using our slogan “Changing Lives Through Travel” as our guide, we have sought to create immediate and tangible change for Asian elephants in captivity. Following our example, this has inspired many of our partners, peers and suppliers to invest themselves in supporting the Travelife auditing process.
In our quest for ever-increasing sustainability, we do not intend to rest on our laurels. Using a holistic approach to sustainable tourism, Buffalo Tours has recently implemented several new initiatives that cover all the major pillars of sustainability, including environmental, social and economic aspects.
- A guide school program, helping empower disadvantaged youth to benefit from sustainable tourism development.
- Several initiatives to reduce plastic waste, including refillable water bottles and environmentally friendly wet towels.
- Incorporating social enterprises into our supply chain across all of our destinations, allowing travellers to easily support local community development.
By continually developing new initiatives and seeking guidance from international experts on sustainability, we not only seek to improve our own practices, but also hope to inspire travellers and travel professionals to get involved in supporting responsible and ethical tourism.
You can find out more about Travelife by visiting their website here. If you are interested in learning more about our Buffalo Tours sustainable tourism initiatives, visit our blog or website and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook!