Sustainability criteria: accommodation
Art Travel AS participates in the Travelife Sustainability Program for tour operators.
We aim to create a sustainable value chain and we invite our partners and suppliers to join us on this journey to the more sustainable future.
As a partner, we are looking for hotels that share our commitment to sustainability and ethical practices. We encourage you to take the following steps to reduce your environmental impact and promote responsible tourism practices.
Sustainability expectations and demands to accommodation providers:
SOSIAL WELFARE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
- The hotel shall follow fair business practices, including transparency and adherence to national law and regulation.
- The hotel shall ensure fair working conditions and wages for its employees, and not engage in any forms of labor exploitation.
- The hotel shall respect human rights and economic/social equity by establishing fair labor conditions for its staff and providing equal opportunities.
- The hotel shall ensure that its activities do not jeopardize the provision or integrity of basic services to its neighboring communities, such as soil, food, water, energy, health care or public space.
- The hotel shall respect and safeguard the rights of children, which means:
- No employment of children below 14;
- Special working times and conditions (in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and/or the ILO convention 138 and local laws) are put in place to safeguard any employees between 14 and 18(for example part-time or on internship basis)
- Follow the Child Protection Code against sexual exploitation of children. Any suspicious behavior from persons on the premises or during excursion shall be reported to the local authorities immediately.
- Art Travel have a strong policy of zero-tolerance of sexual exploitation of children and child labor. It is an absolute requirement that the accommodation supplier condemns and take adequate measures to prevent and/or stop the sexual exploitation of children within their direct supply chain.
- The hotel shall purchase and use local food products, which are produced based on fair trade and sustainability principles.
- The hotel should source its food and beverage products from local and sustainable sources and reduce food waste through composting and recycling.
- The hotel should support the local community by employing local staff, sourcing local products, and promoting local culture and traditions.
- The hotel shall respect and maintain elements of local art, architecture, or cultural heritage within its premises.
- The hotel shall not sell or promote souvenirs that contain historic or archeological value, except as permitted by law.
ENVIROMENT AND BIODIVERSITY
- The hotel shall minimize their impact on the environment by reducing plastic, using energy and water efficiently and ensuring proper waste management.
- The hotel shall ensure that animal-related activities, if any, are operated within proper internationally accepted animal welfare conditions.
- The hotel shall limit their negative effect on local and global biodiversity wherever feasible (e.g. do not offer red listed species on the menu).
We believe that by working together with our accommodation providers, we can create a more sustainable and responsible tourism industry. We look forward to hearing back from you about your sustainability efforts and how we can collaborate in promoting sustainable tourism practices.