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Herost, which means “Hosts are Heroes” is new online platform dedicated to the promotion of travel experiences, accommodations and activities offered by hosts who care about their impacts on the local communities and the environment, and are willing to welcome responsible travelers.
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Name of Accommodation
City / Country
Name of Representative
Do you meet the Herost criteria?
Please check all criteria below applying to your accommodation policies, management and operations
1. Quality of Hospitality
Storytelling: the Host shares stories about the accommodation and its background and specificities through a variety of offline and online channels - 1 point
Storytelling: the Host offers storytelling activities and events for the guests - 1 point
Access for all: the Host is able to welcome persons with physical disabilities and other special needs, and clear and accurate information is provided on the level of accessibility - 1 point
2. Sustainability Engagement
Sustainability Training: the Host is regularly providing training on sustainability issues to the staff, including senior and management staff- 1 points
Sustainability Training: The Host is regularly inviting local community members to attend training sessions on sustainability issues - 1 point
Volunteering: the Host offers / promotes eco-friendly volunteering activities and events - 1 to 2 types of activities: 1 point
Volunteering: the Host offers / promotes eco-friendly volunteering activities and events - 3 or more types of activities: 2 points
3. Cultural Authenticity
Cultural Heritage Preservation: the Host's operations contribute to and encourages the protection, preservation and enhancement of local properties, sites, traditions of historical, archaeological, cultural and spiritual significance - 1 point
Culinary Heritage: whenever the Host serves meals to the guests, the menu includes local or traditional food specialties and recipes - 1 point
4. Responsible Purchasing
Certified Procurement: the Host favours certified eco-friendly, fair trade and/or organic local products and services whenever these are available and of sufficient quality -1 certified product / service: 1 point
Certified Procurement: the Host favours certified eco-friendly, fair trade and/or organic local products and services whenever these are available and of sufficient quality -3-4 products / services: 2 points
Certified Procurement: the Host favours certified eco-friendly, fair trade and/or organic local products and services whenever these are available and of sufficient quality -Over 4 types of suppliers/products: 3 points"
Local Artisans: the Host has a shop selling home-made or locally produced products, handcraft, souvenirs, etc. and/or occasionally welcomes outside vendors in the premises - 1 point
5. Local Community Support
Community Empowerment: the Host provides regular training to its local staff and to build the capacity of local community-members - 1 point
Community-based funding: the Host allocates a portion of the revenues to fund local community development projects - 1 point.
Community-based funding: the Host encourages donations from guests to the local communities - 1 point
6. Water and Energy Efficiency
Water and Energy saving: The Host is equipped with water saving appliances - 1 point
Water and Energy saving: The Host is equipped with energy saving appliances - 1 point
Water and Energy saving: the Host is using at least one renewable energy system or the electricity is provided by a supplier providing green energy - 1 point
Rainwater: if relevant, the Host is collecting rainwater to water the green areas /gardens : 1 point
Rainwater: if relevant, the Host is collecting rainwater to be used in the premises (kitchen, bathroom, restroom…) - 1 point
7. Biodiversity and Wildlife Conservation
Environmental engagement: the Host implements and/or encourages specific measures and activities for environmental conservation - 1 point
Wildlife Protection: the Host has taken action or is partnering with local NGOs for wildlife protection - 1 point
8. Waste Management and Reduction
Single-Use Plastic: the Host has a policy to reduce single-use plastic and unnecessary plastic wrapping, and measures have been taken to offer alternatives - 1 point
Single-Use Plastic Reduction: The Host is implementing a Zero Single-Use Plastic Programme - 2 points
Zero-Waste: the Host is implementing a Zero-Waste Programme - 2 points
9. Pollution Minimization
Chemicals: whenever possible, the Host has reduced or eliminated the use of pesticides/chemicals - 2 points
Wastewater Discharge: the Host is not discharging wastewater, including grey water, into the land / sea / river - 2 points
10. Climate Change Mitigation
Carbon Footprint: the Host is offering / promoting carbon-free transportation and activities as well as carbon offsetting solutions and activities to the guests - 1 point
Vegetable Garden: the host grows an in-house vegetable garden used for local consumption - 1 point
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