The Voygr Ecotrousim and Sustainable Travel Alliance (VESTA) is a non-profit body that provides training and certifications for ecological, fair, and safe adventure tour providers. We are a global alliance of concerned adventures and tour providers that believe in fair compensation and benefits for guides and porters, practice environmental stewardship, and maintain a quality standard for tour services. We work with a web of non-proﬁts and local social impact organizations that focus on environmental conservation, public health, and livelihoods training in remote regions around the world most impacted by adventure tourism (starting in Sikkim). Similar to “organic” and “fairtrade” certifications, VESTA gives tour providers third-party credibility for their service, but also provides the training to help them meet our international standard. All VESTA Certified members must undergo our baseline workshop for fair and ecological practices and be part of regular checks and customer reviews. For members interested in more advanced certification, we also provide a standard for adventure specific skills.
VESTA Members are free to sell their services through any booking medium, but they also have exclusive access to voygr.com, where clients can directly see their profile and reviews to make informed decisions in booking green and fair adventures. They are also eligible for other VESTA benefits such as aggregated insurance, advertising, networking, and training.
VESTA is currently in the pilot phase, working with a group of guides and porters in Sikkim. It is our vision to provide a consistent international standard and certification process around the world that assures sustainable travel practices, both environmentally and economically.