TVC promotes certification among tourism industry to ensure readiness of hotels, MICE

In line with the celebration of World Ecolabel Day, the Transforming Tourism Value Chains (TVC) conducted a webinar on Certifications and Standards: Raising the Bar for Sustainable Tourism last October 13, 2022, via Zoom Meetings. The program’s primary aim is to introduce certification schemes, which offer a wide array of criteria and standardization programs for different businesses such as hotels, MICE(Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions) establishments, and restaurants. “Moving forward, I would like to welcome everyone here to the Zoom meeting. Thank you very much for participating. Let’s work hard toward sustainable tourism. Of course, in the hotels, in the restaurant sector, what we do is we try to make sure that all planning for sustainable tourism is being implemented,” Ms. Mary Ann Darroca-Matiling, Iloilo Hotel Restaurants & Resorts Association President, said in her message of support. Ms. Darroca-Matiling also noted that they have been partnering with the Department of Tourism and the Department of Agriculture to ensure that the products the hotels are selling are quality assured. Climate Change Division Chief of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Mr. Albert Magalang opened the program by talking about Aligning with the Glasgow Declaration: Climate Action in Tourism. Moreover, Ms. Susan Santos de Cárdenas, President & CEO of the Society for Sustainable Tourism & Development Inc. (SSTDI), discussed the Green Destinations & Good Travel Awards Certification Program. Ms. Michelle Lapiz, the Programme Officer of Green Choice Philippines gave an overview of the Certifying Restaurants and Foodservices with Green Choice Philippines. For the final lecture, Ms. Alexis Bautista, the Sustainability and Quality Manager of the SMX Convention Center focused on highlighting Sustainable Dining Experiences at Café Veranda. Furthermore, the focus of the webinar is to introduce the TVC project and highlight the existing opportunities and benefits that the hotels and MICE businesses can leverage in joining the project, and how this can be aligned with international commitments such as the Glasgow Declaration and Global Plastic Tourism Initiative (GTPI).

Adopting Sustainable Procurement in the Tourism Sector | Case Studies of Cooperating with Stakeholders

For the last two weeks in our Sustainable Procurement Awareness Series, we’ll be showing some examples of businesses, both local and international, who have successfully adopted sustainable procurement in their operations.  This week, we highlight two businesses in Palawan who have successfully maximized impact by working together with relevant stakeholders in the tourism value chain: Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort, and El Nido Resorts Ten Knots Development Group.  Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort was able to save on costs in the long term because of procuring energy-efficient equipment. The challenge was reducing environmental impacts of the resort operations by choosing energy-efficient solutions, decreasing the dependence on fossil fuels without compromising guest comfort and satisfaction.  Using the 3R Strategy – Reduce, Replace and Redesign – the resort was able to save on significant savings, such as monthly energy cost savings of PhP 1,166 (per tubular light) and annual energy savings of Php 204,078 by installing louver roof ventilation and water sprinklers. The challenge of El Nido Resorts of Ten Knots Development Corporation was to address an increasing food demand due to the increase of tourists arrivals and local population, while creating opportunities for the local communities to generate income and engage throughout the food value chain.  By guaranteeing that at least one ton of vegetables per week is supplied by local farmers, who underwent training sponsored by El Nido Resorts and even in cooperation with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), El Nido Resorts were able to reduce 20% of overall food costs in 2016, as well as transportation costs and therefore GHG emissions as well. They were also able to create local businesses by engaging the local communities.  For more case studies like these, feel free to check out the full report Transforming Tourism through Sustainable Procurement at Stay tuned for more posts about this topic on our Facebook page here. 

Transforming Tourism Value Chains – Newsletter Feb – May 2021

The Transforming Tourism Value Chains project is a 4-year global initiative that was launched in 2017 by theUnited Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It supports the countries in reducing greenhouse gasemissions and improving resource efficiency in key tourism sector value chains with high resource use, i.e.accommodation, food & beverage, and meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE). Transforming thesector to low carbon, resource efficient operations, requires an increase in sustainable consumption andproduction (SCP) practices by businesses and tourists through more coherent actions in countries.

TVC Newsletter – Philippines Edition September 2020 to January 2021

Transforming Tourism Value Chains (TVC) project latest newsletter for the Philippines is now out! Get up to date with what we’ve been doing the past few months, how we’re supporting the tourism sector in its recovery, and what else we have in store for you this year! You will also find additional useful reports and toolkits that could help your tourism business further in achieving a green recovery. You can view and download the newsletter here: For more information about TVC’s project, or any interest in partnering with the TVC project, kindly email TVC’s Project Officer Kiko Velhagen at or