Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 5, 2011
Growing ecotourism provider, http://www.greenloons.com, just published a comprehensive online certification reference guide aimed at aiding environmentally conscious travelers as they endeavor to make more responsible vacation purchasing decisions that ultimately make a positive impact on the world around them. The first of its kind, this trailblazing handbook helps Greenloons improve the environmental tourism landscape through increased certification transparency, which consumers have been calling for since 2002 when the United Nations designated that year as the International Year of Ecotourism.
The release of this type of reference guide is more necessary than ever given the estimated 5% annual growth rate in the ecotourism market worldwide. The manual compares eco-vacation certifications by 14 major evaluation criteria as well as general standards including whether the certification requires multiple levels of endorsement , reauthorization, and if it is aligned with the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC).
“As we continue our work with organizations like the Rainforest Alliance, Greenloons hopes to engage consumers so that they ask about and support those tourism businesses that help to protect and sustain the world’s natural and cultural resources, while ensuring that tourism meets its potential as a tool for poverty alleviation” says Greenloons founder & CEO, Irene Lane. Greenloons currently partners with ClimateCare and the Rainforest Alliance in order to further promote best management practices in sustainable tourism and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
With the increasing advertorial power of the term “eco”, the Greenloons Certification Standards Summary will help consumers understand the political, economic and social issues that surround sustainable tourism and ecotourism. “We hope consumers will choose authentic ecotourism providers that support local communities, emphasize environmental education, sustain conservation efforts, minimize tourist waste, and respect local cultural traditions,” says Lane. “By adding much needed clarity to the eco certification process, we hope more people will connect at a deeper level with the places and people they are visiting.”
Greenloons L.L.C. is a Washington D.C. based company dedicated to providing nature enthusiasts and wildlife conservationists worldwide with trusted information about responsible, sustainable, and certified ecotourism in the U.S. and internationally. From inspiring wildlife adventures to ecosystem education, Greenloons is an easy to use one-stop shop for ecotourism destination services. The site provides key information regarding regional certifications and international standards for ecotourism, third-party certified vacation tour search and reservation capabilities, volunteer conservation effort search, and topical news. For more information, please visit: http://www.greenloons.com