The INTOUR was implemented between September 2010 and September 2013.
More information about the INTOUR project and its products can be found at the public project website http://travelife.info/intour
INTOUR will integrate the European travel industry Travelife sustainability approach with the voluntary environmental management and certification instruments of the EU.
EMAS III and EU Ecolabel provide credibility and direction to the efforts of European tour operators and travel agencies, while the ‘hands-on’ and sectorial Travelife approach will mainstream sustainability within regular supply chain and contracting processes.
The INTOUR project is comprised of 4 interrelated work-packages:
1. Development. Develop a sector specific management system for travel agencies. Integrate EMAS III within the existing sector-wide European sustainability management system for travel companies. Introduce a step-up and cluster methodology to EMAS III.
2. Market replication. Test and implement the sector specific EMAS III system amongst 1.100+ tour operators and travel agencies within the membership of 11 trade associations in The Netherlands, UK, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria and other European countries.
3. Development. Harmonizing common industry suppliers’ standards, criteria and tools with the EU Ecolabel for accommodations; develop industry-wide standards for non-accommodation tourism services (transport services, complementary activities, animal welfare and protection, etc.) with a specific focus on climate and biodiversity in compliance with any existing EU standards.
4. Market replication. Encourage eco-certified accommodation services in European destinations by promoting the EU-Ecolabel standards through a market led supply-chain approach among 12.000 hotels contracted by tour operators. Specific approach in Austria, Turkey and Italy.
ECEAT - European Centre for Eco and Agro Tourism (Netherlands)
ABTA - Association of British Travel Agents Ltd. (United Kingdom)
ANVR - Dutch Association of Tour operatos and Travel Agencies (Netherlands)
ASR - Alliance of Independent Travel Traders Germany R.A. (Germany)
LMA - Austrian Ministry of Environment (Austria)
ACTA - Culture, Tourism and Environment Association (Italy)
KOAN - Consulting (Spain)
ALTSO - Alanya Chamber of Commerce (Turkey)