Forty-three Greek travel agencies are among the 627 tourism companies from 35 countries who have been selected to participate in the EU-funded program SUSTOUR technical support program to improve their durability performance.
Funded under the European program COSME, the SUSTOUR project aims to promote sustainable development practices between travel agencies and tour operators.
Launching this month, the technical support program will provide a mix of innovative online training, multi-day classroom training, intensive coaching (group and individual) as well as peer-to-peer learning – all provided and guided by selected sustainable tourism experts.
Businesses were given the choice of getting support for Travelife certified Where support in terms of improving specific areassuch as carbon, plastic and supply chain management or certification of their shore excursions.
Various events will be organized jointly with European fairs to allow the selected tour operators to exchange their experiences and best practices and to award companies that successfully obtain certification through the SUSTOUR project.
The participating SMEs in Greece are:
Akron Travel, City Plaza Travel Services, City Contact, Trigilidas Travel & Holidays, Dayrise.gr- Incoming Greece, Travart Travel, Ferry & Yachting Services, Travel Idea, Excursions Greece, Rhapsody Travel, Stergenakis S & Sia OE, Margo wine routes, Trails Beyond, Great Gods – Divine Experiences, Greece Private Transfer, MD Travel Company, Business Travel, Outdoor Education, DTS, Mazi Travel, Explore Messinia, S-Cape Greece, Travelway Tourism & Shipping, Joysters, Cruiseway Travel Tourism Enterprises, Ferry Center, DTS Incoming Hellas, Bikewise, Meli Tours, Tryfon Tours, Orea Voyages, Iole Travel, Alfa Odeon Holidays, N. Kasderidis & Co GP, Petassos Travel, Travel ID, GreeceSunLife Travel & Inner Well-being in Greece, Somewhere We Know, Haritou Travel Group, Eco Events, Viasun Tours, EasyCreta, Offbeat Travel Experience (e-services).
A call for SME applications was launched in March for the selection of a minimum of 175 tour operators and travel agents who would benefit from the SUSTOUR technical assistance program to help them improve their performance in terms of sustainable development. However, more than 730 applications were received.
“We are delighted to see so much interest from tour operators and travel agents across Europe in learning how to make their business and supply chain more sustainable,” Naut Kustersdirector of ECEAT and responsible for the SUSTOUR project, said.
After evaluation by an independent committee, 627 SMEs from 35 countries were selected and registered for the support programme.
“We have decided to accept three times as many companies into the support program than initially planned, to allow as many companies as possible to benefit from the project,” Kusters said.
Partners of the SUSTOUR project include the European Center for Ecotourism and Agrotourism (ECEAT), the European Associations of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ECTAA) and FUTOURIS. Additionally, SUSTOUR is supported and promoted by more than 20 European travel associations, including the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (HATTA).
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