As part of our Terms of Business, Operators who wish to use the Fair Voyage platform and are not yet Certified commit to follow our Sustainability Verification Process:
- Fair Voyage Curated: If Fair Voyage has reasons to believe that an Operator is committed to sustainability, Fair Voyage may grant platform access to such Operator even if the Operator cannot yet prove their sustainability commitment through independent verification (“Verification”). Operators must initiate their certification process with a Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) accredited certification body. Fair Voyage normally recommends Travelife for Tour Operators & Travel Agencies.
- Verification: Once an Operator surpasses an aggregate business volume of bookings made via Fair Voyage (in terms of net tour prices paid out by Fair Voyage to the tour operator) (“Total Bookings”) of USD 10,000 (“Verification Threshold”), Fair Voyage will request the Operator to reach Travelife Partner (or similar level of other GSTC accredited certification body) within 6 months of reaching the Verification Threshold. If the Operator does not obtain Verification within 6 months of being notified by Fair Voyage of reaching the Verification Threshold, Fair Voyage will un-publish all Tours of the Operator on the Fair Voyage platform until the Operator can prove Verification. If an Operator does not reach the Verification Threshold within 2 years of initial access to the Fair Voyage platform, Fair Voyage will also request Operator to prove Verification. Fair Voyage reserves the right to un-publish all Tours of an Operator if the Operator cannot prove Verification within 2 years of initial access to the Fair Voyage platform or if Fair Voyage assesses that it is unlikely for the Operator to achieve the Verification Threshold within 4 years of initial access.
- Certification: Once an Operator surpasses Total Bookings of USD 100,000 (“Certification Threshold”), Fair Voyage will request the Operator to become Travelife Certified (or Certified by another GSTC accredited certification body) within the later of (a) 1 year of reaching the Certification Threshold or (b) 2 years of reaching initial Verification, giving new Operators who quickly reach a high business volume enough time to prepare for the independent on-site audit required for Certification.