Sustainability policy

Sustainability policy

Look mum, there's a deer!

Running through the surf, tasting local delicacies, walking through an overwhelmingly beautiful nature reserve and trying to find the way with hands and feet ... Unique experiences, unique memories. An experience that you do not only give yourself but also your children, grandchildren and the generations afterwards? We are committed to this

Mission Viaselect Leisure Group: 'Sustainable tourism business'

"Our mission is to contribute to a sustainable society and to sustainable tourism entrepreneurship. The aim of our policy is to minimize the negative environmental, socio-cultural and economic consequences of our products and business processes. We support and motivate our suppliers to use a better sustainability standard. We create more awareness among our employees and encourage responsible travel behavior among our customers. "

In order to meet this mission, we have set objectives in a sustainability policy plan for the short, medium and long term *. Moreover, a number of measures are already in force within our organisation. In order to monitor the sustainability policy plan and create support, a sustainable tourism-team has been appointed, they meet every two weeks and report to the management and Travelife.

 * Short term: within 1 year, medium term: within 3 years, long term: within 5 years.

Insight into policy plan?

Do you wish to have access to the extensive version of our policy plan? Send an e-mail to dto@vacanceselect.nl

Campingselection is Travelife certified

After successfully completing the certification process this year, we are proud to be Travelife certified. Travelife is the leading international sustainability certification in the travel sector, and through our participation, we commit to continuing to be a sustainable and socially responsible business.

About Travelife

Introducing the Bohemian Lodge

The Bohemian Lodge was once an outdated mobile home. However, after a thorough restyling with sustainable materials, the lifespan of this now sturdy and comfortable glamping accommodation was doubled from ten to twenty years. Our Bohemian Lodge was also nominated by the ANVR and TravMagazine for the "Sustainable Travel Award" 2018 during the Holiday Fair 2018.

Our colleagues

We give our employees a warm heart. A social policy as prescribed by law is used within our organisation. Of course, every employee can make use of this. In addition, our employees benefit from a number of attractive secondary employment conditions.

We have already achieved the set objectives.

Our internal organisation

Naturally, we already focus on separating and reducing waste, as well as taking a critical look at the purchase of sustainable office supplies and making environmentally friendly decisions to this end. We also donate annually to a good cause.

  • Objective # 1: Compensate for CO2 emissions from business and study trips (already achieved).
  • Objective # 2: Create and maintain awareness among our employees (on going).
  • Objective # 3: Extend "green" measures - such as the move to a more sustainable building (already achieved).
  • Objective # 4: Calculate our CO² footprint as a company and take the right actions based on findings (on going).

Our suppliers

Within our range we have made an inventory of the campsites and holiday parks that already carry a sustainability label. Our objectives:

  • Objective #1: Designate campsites and holiday parks that meet the sustainability criteria on our website as such (short-term & on going).
  • Objective #2: Make campsites and holiday parks that meet the sustainability criteria findable on our website by using search criteria in the search module (short term).
  • Objective #3: Informing and motivating campsites and holiday parks about sustainable initiatives (on going).
  • Objective #4: When entering into a cooperation, take into account the sustainability criteria and point out the new clause in the contract (ready).

Your transport

With us you book a stay based on your own transport. Research shows that after the train and coach the car with an occupancy of at least 4 people causes the lowest environmental impact - air pollution plus global warming - per passenger (source: Travelife). It's possible to compensate your emissions via Greenseat. Greenseat thus invests in sustainable projects worldwide. Click here to go to the website of Greenseat and calculate / compensate your emissions.

If you want to travel locally, take a look at the possibilities to catch the bus or train. Campsites and parks often have a shuttle service available to the beach, city center or other places of interest. Besides the fact that you travel more sustainably, you also come into contact with the local population more quickly. A fun trip with the whole family!

Objective: adding a possibility in the book process to compensate the CO 2 emissions of your holiday (aim: medium term).

Your stay

Within our range, we have made an inventory of the campsites and holiday parks that already carry a sustainability mark.

Objective # 1: Campsites and holiday parks that meet the sustainability criteria on our website as such (short term).

Objective # 2: Make campsites and holiday parks that meet the sustainability criteria visible on our website d.m.v. a search criteria in the search module (short term).

Objective # 3: Inform and motivate campsites and holiday parks about sustainable initiatives (on going).

Objective # 4: When entering into a partnership, take into account the sustainability criteria and point to the new clause in the contract (ready).

Our destinations

When you take a holiday with us to any of our European destinations, these countries meet European standards and very sensitive areas are protected by local authorities. We do, however, like to make you aware of prohibited souvenirs in Europe; items such as certain sea shells, seahorses, coral, exotic plants and cultural goods. An up-to-date list of prohibited items can be found on each countries’ official Customs websites.

Both our local suppliers and staff have agreed to adhere to standards pertaining to anti child labour, child abuse, corruption, bribery and environmental pollution. In addition, they must comply with the generally applicable international, national and local laws.

Objective: to inform our customers through the travel documents about the do's & dont's on holiday. (ready in a number of languages, will be sent by email before departure) (short term).

How can you contribute?

Thank you! Together with us you contribute to a sustainable future. Travelling, discovering other cultures and admiring beautiful areas will not only remain accessible for you, but also for future generations.

Do you want to contribute during your holiday?

  • By booking an excursion on the spot, you contribute to the local economy.
  • By visiting a restaurant you contribute to the local economy.
  • By buying local products and souvenirs you contribute to the local economy.
  • By visiting a city by public transport you contribute to the environment.
  • By cycling or walking at your holiday destination you contribute to the environment.
  • By being careful with water and electricity you contribute to the environment.
  • By traveling on the days when there is less traffic you contribute to the environment; less traffic means less CO2 emissions. Make use of change days other than Saturday, such as Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Respect nature; stay on the paths and leave everything whole.

Go on holiday by car?

Relaxing at the wheel, driving safely, saving fuel and contributing to a better environment? 

You've probably heard about it in recent years: With this other way of driving you can quickly save 10% to 20% fuel. This not only provides a financial benefit for your wallet, but also a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases and harmful substances. In addition, it is also that it is better for your car and therefore less maintenance and repairs are needed. And also not unimportant: it ensures better driving safety.

Tips for preparation of the trip:
Think carefully about the journey before departure; determine a good departure time and avoid the rush as much as possible.
Avoid unnecessary weight in the car and take care of your car. Do not place heavy items in the back.
Only use a roof box, bike rack or roof rack if this is really necessary; this provides the necessary air resistance.
Maintain the car well and always ensure the correct and sufficient oil.
Ensure good tire pressure.

Tips for the journey:
At low speeds, switch to a higher gear (between 2000 and 2500 rpm) and rely on the revolution counter as a guide for shifting.
Drive as fast as possible at a steady speed with a low speed in the highest gear.
At 50 kilometres per hour driving in 4th gear and at 80 kilometres per hour driving in 5th gear.
Look ahead and estimate the driving behaviour of the other road users, so that you can anticipate this.
Keep sufficient distance at a traffic light or in a traffic jam so that the car can be rolled into the acceleration.
Keep to the speed limit.
If you make a short stop, such as an open bridge or traffic jam, then switch off the engine.
Avoid energy waste due to unnecessary use of electrical equipment such as air conditioning and rear window heating. On a warm day, first open the doors to let out the heat, so that the air conditioning does not have to work that hard.
And did you know that there are applications for your phone that help you save fuel?