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Travelindex Endorsed as World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Member

Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization UNWTO and Bernard Metzger, Founder of TravelindexMadrid (Spain) – September 26, 2017 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) officially approved Travelindex affiliate membership application, adding to a group whose members include such prestigious institutions as CNN, World Tourism Forum Lucerne, Club Med, European Travel Commission, International Air Transport Association (IATA), Hong Kong Tourism Board, Amadeus, George Washington University, Colorado State University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – School of Hotel and Tourism Management (HTM).

The Travelindex application for UNWTO Affiliate Membership has been approved by the Executive Council at its 106th session, and has been ratified at the 22nd Session of the UNWTO General Assembly held in September 2017 in Chengdu, China. The UNWTO Affiliate Members Programme recognizes the great potential in collaborating with organizations in generating global sustainable wealth through enhanced tourism knowledge, ethical and responsible principles and joint initiatives.

“We’re truly honored to have been approved as a UNWTO Affiliate Member and to become part of an incredible array of passionate organizations, destinations, NGOs and educational institutions all committed to the UNWTO Mission of promoting responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.” said Mr Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex.

Bernard added “We’re thrilled to be a part of the UNWTO family which will provide an unrivalled opportunity to share and exchange best practice with other members, as well as jointly participate in projects, events and other mutual learning activities. At the same time, through active participation, we’ll be able to share our expertise and experience helping destinations and organizations across the world develop and evolve digital cultures.”

About the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO):
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world. UNWTO’s membership includes 156 countries, 6 Associate Members and over 500 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities. For more, visit www.unwto.org

About Travelindex:
Our vision is to become the de-facto digital connectivity node for the travel and tourism industry. The Travelindex portfolio of products includes over 70 destination reference tools and one of the world’s largest, open and curated, database on travel and tourism covering 241 countries and territories. Our integrated platform is fast emerging as the central channel in destination and travel knowledge. Travelindex puts a priority on the integration of sustainability into distribution and management systems to bring tangible benefits to its partners and clients helping them to improve reputation and goodwill. For more, visit www.travelindex.com

First Sustainable Recognition Scheme Introduced by Travelindex

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – January 18, 2017 – Travelindex announced the first sustainability incentive program; Sustainable First. Sustainable First is not a certification program but aims to recognize individuals, companies and organizations making significant efforts and contributing to the environmental, social and economic welfare of the planet and all its inhabitants.

Sustainability is central to economic growth. For the private sector, it represents greater environmental and social responsibility as well as a new landscape of business opportunity in particular for the tourism sector. Tourism plays a key role in delivering sustainable solutions and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has declared 2017 “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development”.

Sustainable First intends to inspire actions and strategies for moving towards a more sustainable pattern of development in tourism providing prosperity and opportunities for all. The program’s vision is to make the tourism industry the leading activity sector in implementing sustainable strategies.

Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex, said; “Currently, there are over 128 organizations offering certification programs and multiple challenges are associated with the current status of sustainability certification, i.e. the proliferation of schemes has lead to confusion among actors involved and consumers are unsure of credibility, reducing the value of the certification.

Bernard further added, “the recognition methodoly used at “Sustainable First” is based on a 3-tier patented Travelindex algorithm and the Sustainable Recognition Index. They include crowd wisdom, self-assessment and expert opinions. Travelindex will work closely with recognized and reputable organizations in the fields of development, tourism, environment and sustainability.”

Join us on this exciting journey and send us your ideas and suggestions here: partners@sustainablefirst.com

About Travelindex:
Travelindex is a company focused on developing data driven travel discovery and travel planning products. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions. Travelindex puts a priority on the integration of sustainability into distribution and management systems to bring tangible benefits to its partners and clients helping them to improve reputation and goodwill.

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