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Online Certification Form

OUR MISSION

  1. To improve the ecological and economic sustainability of tourism destinations, with special focus on the wildlands and wildlife across South Asia

OUR PLAN

  1. To work as a change maker with governments, communities and the private sector to realise positive and sustainable outcomes for everyone

Your Benefits of Membership

Each accommodation provider joining TOFTigers membership and achieving the PUG or Footprint certification:

  1. Can state their support for the TOFTigers campaign in accommodation brochures, literature and websites incorporating a TOFTigers‘ logo and mission statement where required. You can also display the appropriate ‘Certified Eco-friendly ’ Logo, and your ranking logo as required.
  2. Will be marketed as a TOFTigers accommodation member to destination management companies, travel agents, OTA’s and international tour operators in India and abroad, and through TOFTigers publications like the Great Wildlife Travel Guide, or others being planned.
  3. Will be linked to the TOFTigers website as an accommodation partner, with privileged ranking/preferences according to their Eco-certification ranking.
  4. Will receive a detailed independent report on their operations that will help providers to save costs, save energy, improve their operational efficiency and prove their active support of their local environment to clients, agents, operators, the Park and Government ministries.
  5. Will be acknowledged as a member of the TOFTigers campaign in literature, publicity and PR that is undertaken to promote all sustainable travel including, wildlife based tourism in India and abroad.
  6. Will be informed of projects, initiatives, training and activities that are carried out by TOFTigers by regular email updates, social media, newsflashes and visits to their premises or offices.
  7. Will be invited to partake in actions or projects that will offer their clients more interesting activities, help stimulate projects and conservation initiatives that are possible to include on their visitors’ itineraries or marketed as part of their sales drive.

COLLECTIVE ACTION

  1. Our mission objectives are best achieved by collective action and the partnership of all those involved in the provision of sustainable tourism in key destinations, both buyers and suppliers, with local, domestic and International support, especially in fragile wildlife and wilderness destinations.

Online Certification Signup

You ARE NOW ABOUT TO START THE

TOFTIGERS STEP ONE OF THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS

This online form will take you about 20 minutes to fill in and is the first step to getting on your certification journey, for either PUG or Footprint certification.

Not only will we now get your key contact details but we will also get some idea of your establishment and its operations through simple YES/NO answers. This forms the basic information needed for the onsite audit team, and should be filled in by the owner/proprietor or senior management.

Any questions or problems you can contact

The Green Team Tel: + 11 24329452 or mob: +919810529609

We look forward to working with you over the coming months as we take you on your sustainability journey.Thank you!

P.S. For full details of the process as an accommodation provider – view a link here.

Introduction to the Self-Assessment

The focus of this self-assessment questionnaire is to initiate the process of examining your own accommodation provision – both internally within your operations and externally within the greater community and the natural environment.

This self-assessment contains questions targeting three key factors:

  1. Economic issues of your operations
  2. Socio-Cultural impacts of your operations
  3. Ecological and environmental impacts of your operations

This is one of the assessment processes to benchmark your practices, which would be rated as per the TOFTigers certification rating process.

An accurate completion of the form is essential and could affect your rating and ranking

The approach to questions will allow us an accurate assessment of a. Current PRACTICE b. Currently DO NOT PRACTICE c. Don’t do, but AIM TO PRACTICE d. N/A (Not Applicable / The factors are not used for your operations)

The TOFTigers Certification criteria are recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, a body set up by the United Nations to help develop sustainable tourism. They also work within the Indian Sustainable Tourism Criteria of the Ministry of Tourism (Aug 2014)

1.1 How do you describe your accommodation?

Property Name*

Title*

Your Name*

Destination Address*

If you are not the owner, please give the owner's name(s).

If there are more than one owners, you can use a comma to separate their names.

Owners Name*

Title*

Email*

Main Address*

1.2 Please give us a summary of your accommodation

E.g. How many rooms, number of staff employed, acreage of your site, services etc.

1.3 History of Operations.

E.g. Your year of establishment, background and other such establishments, and what market segment are you attempting to attract, Luxury/Budget and Foreign/Domestic visitors etc.

1.4 What are your operational objectives for the future?

1.5 Would you call yourself a sustainable accommodation provider already?

1.6 Do you operate already within a Code of Conduct/Practice in your operations?

1.7 Do you highlight this Code to Visitors and/or Staff?

The Economic factors which directly influence and affect your operations. These include operations, purchasing, your product and experiences, legality, employment, skills, salaries, trainingetc. The aim is to minimise 'Leakages' and maximise 'Linkages' within your destination to ensure the maximum benefit for the destination with most benefit to host communities and least environmental impact.

2.1 Employment

Practices
Yes
No
Will do
NA

Proof / Evidence

Yes
No

Do you employ staff from local community?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Does your local staff exceeds more then 50% of your staffing requirements?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do your wage levels meet the 'wage acts' in your area?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you provide clear incentives on seniority and longevity of service?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

2.2 Local Purchasing & Product Development

Practices
Yes
No
Will do
NA

Proof / Evidence

Yes
No

Do you provide clear Do you acquiring local food produce for daily requirements?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Does your local food purchasing exceeds more than 50% of your food requirements?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you have a separate accounting system for local purchases?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you seek locally made products (non food) and have formal sale arrangements for them?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

2.3 Community Training or Capacity Building

Practices
Yes
No
Will do
NA

Proof / Evidence

Yes
No

Training programs for your employees?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Training local’s for self-employment?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

2.4 Visitor Services

Practices
Yes
No
Will do
NA

Proof / Evidence

Yes
No

Do you offer visits to local markets or villages?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you offer visit to local craft centres?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you have locally produced souvenirs & handicraft on offer?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you offer guided nature walks?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you offer bike hire for visitors?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

2.5 Visitor Donations & Operational Contributions

Practices
Yes
No
Will do
NA

Proof / Evidence

Yes
No

Do you contribute funds to local projects/ programs?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you offer visitors the opportunity to contribute funds to local projects?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you record contribution from visitors / tourists?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

The Socio-Cultural Factor focuses on the impact of Tourism with respect of local culture and heritage and aims to prevent negative impacts on social beliefs as well as protecting and preserving the wildlife destination's cultural heritage.

3.1 Co-Operative Structure

Practices
Yes
No
Will do
NA

Proof / Evidence

Yes
No

Do you participate in local community activities/events?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you actively seek to maintain good relations with local communities?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

3.2 Local Culture

Practices
Yes
No
Will do
NA

Proof / Evidence

Yes
No

Do you have any involvement in local institutions and committees?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you involve yourselves in steps for promoting tourism potential in the area?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

3.3 Covid Prevention and Preparedness

Practices
Yes
No
Will do
NA

Proof / Evidence

Yes
No

Do you inform the guest about the Covid preventive measures you are taking to ensure their safety?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you check and document the body temperature of the staff and guest using a contact-less thermometer while entering the property and before leaving your property

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Will you allow a person to get inside the property if he has a temperature more than 99 degree Fahrenheit

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you frequently clean, sanitize and disinfect your property (Kitchen, Front office, Housekeeping Pantry, Laundry area, Restaurant, Bars,Lobby, Porch, Cloak Room,, Guest Room, Guest Corridor, Fire Exit Staircase, Service Staircase, Elevator, Activity Area, Office, Engine Room, Staff Dinning Room etc.

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Have you provided additional training to your staff with respect to Covid-19 and to maintain minimal contact during service?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

The Socio-Cultural Factor focuses on the impact of Tourism with respect of local culture and heritage and aims to prevent negative impacts on social beliefs as well as protecting and preserving the wildlife destination's cultural heritage

4.1 Planning, Design & Construction

Practices
Yes
No
Will do
NA

Proof / Evidence

Yes
No

Is your property planned, designed and constructed according to ecological norms and regulations?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

4.2 Energy Managerment

Practices
Yes
No
Will do
NA

Proof / Evidence

Yes
No

Do you take steps for energy conservation?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you use wood as a fuel for cooking or heating?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you have measures in place for noise pollution?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Use of renewable energy?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

4.3 Water & Waste Management

Practices
Yes
No
Will do
NA

Proof / Evidence

Yes
No

Do you have a process for recycling of water?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you encourage the conservation of water to staff & visitors?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you have a process for recycling of degradable waste?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you have a process for disposal of non biodegradable waste?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

4.4 Nature Conservation (as applicable)

Practices
Yes
No
Will do
NA

Proof / Evidence

Yes
No

Do you support environment conservation & research conducted by the authority?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you have a reporting system for bad and illegal practices at the destination?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you have a good working relationship with the local authorities?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

4.5 Client Briefing, Guiding & Interpretation

Practices
Yes
No
Will do
NA

Proof / Evidence

Yes
No

Do you inform your visitor’s about rules & regulations of the destination?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you use trained guides?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Do you supply literature to educate visitors on the destination, its heritage, culture and history?

YesNoWill DoNA
YesNo

Application confirmation

Thank you. You are almost finished the application.

After you hit the finish button at the bottom of this page it will process your data and send an email to both you and the Green team at TOFTigers, and their independent accreditation team, Sycom Projects. We will be in touch with you to move the Certification process further and confirm a visit to your property soon.

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