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RESPONSIBLE TOURISM POLICY

Acknowledging that it is paramount to keep a sustainable tourism development and taking into account the principles adopted specifically in the World Charter for Sustainable Tourism, the Évora Olive Hotel undertakes to carry out a sustainable management of its activities by embracing commitments aimed at preventing, eliminating or reducing the impact of our facilities and activities, whether indoors or outdoors, as well as to optimize the sustainability of our establishment by improving its behaviour towards the environment.

For this purpose, the Évora Olive Hotel adopted the following responsible tourism policy, through which it undertakes to comply with the requirements set out in the Biosphere Hotel referential, which includes, among others, the legal requirements that regulate the effects caused by the tourism activity.

Therefore, we undertake to motivate and train our collaborators with training and awareness actions on the principles of Responsible Tourism, to promote good environmental practices and participate in external activities, and to inform both internally and externally on the progress and environmental actions of the company.

We also undertake to fight against sexual exploitation or any other form of exploitation and commercial harassment, in particular of children, adolescents, women and minorities. We also commit to adopt accessibility measures for people with disabilities (sensory, physical, intellectual and psychic).

One of our main objectives is to improve our sustainable management by committing on the continuous enhancement of all sustainability scopes: social, economic and environmental, as well as customer satisfaction. For this, all future projects for the extension of facilities or activities will be subject to criteria aiming at sustainability and efficiency on the use of resources.

This Responsible Tourism Policy will be updated whenever circumstances demand it, adopting and publishing new sustainability goals.  

THE RESPONSIBLE TOURIST MANIFESTO

1. BE AWARE OF THE RISKS WHEN TRAVELING AND TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS.

When planning your trip, make sure you know the characteristics of the destination you want to visit and take the necessary measures so that you have updated documentation, as well as any insurance and health data that may be requested. In addition, always follow the recommendations of local authorities, especially in emergency cases. Check the composition of the products you consume to avoid any risk, mainly those that may arise due to allergic reactions or intolerance.


2. PROMOTE THE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR DESTINATION BY CONSUMING LOCAL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES.

Support the local entrepreneurship by consuming products or services produced in your destination and whose direct and indirect benefits are distributed transversally and favour the most vulnerable groups. Hence, whenever you consume any goods or services, buy only those you really need and do it at a fair price, not destabilizing the local economy or the living conditions of the owners or employees of local businesses.


3. LEARN AND SHARE KNOWLEDGE ON THE COMMUNITY THAT HOSTS YOU BY RESPECTING ITS VALUES AND TRADITIONS.

Whenever possible, learn about the cultural aspects of your destination (habits, gastronomy, languages or dialects, traditions, heritage). Make sure you know the social standards as to avoid behaviours that may be offensive or humiliating to the community receiving you. Similarly, become an example of tolerance by creating opportunities for mutual learning between local people and tourists, avoiding unwanted situations or conflicts.

4. CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONSERVATION, PROTECTION AND REGENERATION OF THE AQUATIC AND TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS OF YOUR DESTINATIONS.

Enjoy only products, services and experiences that guarantee the sustainable exploitation of the aquatic and terrestrial resources of your destination, respect the natural habitat of the native fauna and flora, and avoid mistreatment of animals or the destruction of the environment. Embrace a responsible behaviour, avoiding the creation of waste and collaborate with the collection and cleaning programs carried out in your destination to avoid the deterioration of natural spaces and maintain biodiversity.


5. RESPECT DIVERSITY AND DO NOT PROMOTE OR PARTICIPATE IN DISCRIMINATORY ACTIVITIES.

Promote the elimination of barriers limiting the integration of people due to sex, origin, religion, sexual orientation, economic or other condition, avoiding sexist language, offensive comments or the use of negative stereotypes. Likewise, facilitate access to equal opportunities for those who have special mobility or communication needs by respecting the dedicated spaces or services.

6. CONSUME WITH RESPONSIBILITY AND PARTICIPATE IN THE SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES.

Choose products, services or experiences that guarantee the intelligent and efficient management and use of water and energy resources by consuming those that generate less impact in your destination and can be recyclable or reusable. Avoid the excessive consumption of water and choose, whenever possible, transports with reduced or non-existent emissions. Likewise, calculate your carbon footprint and compensate it as much as possible.

7. PROMOTE THE SUSTAINABILITY OF YOUR DESTINATION’S HERITAGE AND INFRASTRUCTURES.

Pay special attention on how your destination is being managed as well as its infrastructures (buildings, transport, houses, public spaces, etc.) so that your visit does not involve a change in local life. Moreover, contribute to the conservation of tourist attractions by respecting the rules and the accesses conceived for their preservation and protection.

8. CHOOSE PRODUCTS, SERVICES OR EXPERIENCES THAT POTENTIATE THE SUSTAINABILITY OF YOUR DESTINATION THROUGH RDI.

Give priority to products, services or experiences incorporating new technologies and innovative methods that contribute to the sustainability of your destination by saving or through the better use of resources, information or the communication capability.

9. PROMOTE DIGNIFYING AND FAIR WORKING CONDITIONS THAT RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS.

Analyse and check if the products or services you consume are produced in dignifying and fair working conditions integrating the local population or those at risk of social exclusion and that avoid sexual or child exploitation, the mistreatment of animals, among others. Similarly, treat all workers respectfully, both those of companies at your destination and those of your own community.


10. JOIN THE RESPONSIBLE TOURIST MANIFESTO AND SHARE IT.

Support initiatives and programs that encourage the exchange of experiences and good practices and favour peace by actively participating in networks, associations, activities and alliances that promote sustainable development. Begin by adhering to the Responsible Tourist Manifesto, carry out the identified sustainable actions and share this commitment with other people.