PDES Sustainability Initiatives: Steps in the Right Direction
Following 2017’s ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development,’ Panorama Destination has been working hard to consolidate the positive achievements made so far regarding sustainability initiatives in the tourism sector. With 2018 now well underway, we are pleased to report on the following developments:
Panorama Destination officially received ‘Partner’ level certification for Indonesia at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London and is now working towards achieving the highest level of certification. To that end, the company has employed a full-time Director of Sustainability to oversee all operations and ensure that the highest standards of sustainability are met. Panorama Destination’s recently opened Thailand office has also already begun working towards Travelife certification. To be awarded Travelife certification, companies must comply with more than 150 criteria related to office operations, product development, working with suppliers, customer relations and cooperating with other stakeholders in destinations. The Travelife standard covers Corporate Social Responsibility themes including environment, biodiversity, human rights and labour relations; and is formally recognised as being in full compliance with Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria supported by the United Nations.
Wakatobi and TNC
Panorama Destination has entered into a partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to preserve natural resources, raise awareness and improve waste management in the Wakatobi region of Sulawesi, Indonesia. One of the main aims of the project is to facilitate more ethical and productive exchanges between clients and the locations they visit. The partnership will also significantly advance TNC’s conservation agenda in Indonesia.
A major feature of Panorama Destination’s plan for the year ahead is our participation in the ‘Elephant Camp Animal Welfare and Sustainability Standard and Assessment Initiative.’ The objective of this project is to ensure that activities and experiences at elephant camps are conducted in a responsible way. The initiative has emerged in response to the growing concerns from industry stakeholders, informed travellers and animal rights groups.
Renato Domini, CEO of Panorama Destination, has outlined his commitment to ethical, sustainable travel. “Sustainability is characterized by positive and balanced interactions taking place at a local level,” explained Renato. “Through the initiatives we’ve put in place for 2018, we will continue striving for a more sustainable future throughout the destinations in which we operate,” he continued. Panorama Destination look forward to sharing further developments and success stories with you in future.