Travelocity’s Green Hotel Directory Highlights Earth-Friendly Properties


Travelocity is getting serious about sustainable travel.  Besides offering free carbon offsets for the 2009 holiday season, the online travel agency also provides a convenient and simple Green Hotel Directory as part of its Travel for Good Program.

Alison Presley, manager of Travelocity’s Travel for Good Program, told Triple Pundit, “What makes our Green Hotel Directory so unique is that we flag green hotels across the site. If you shop for a hotel in San Francisco, all of the green options will be marked with our green leaf tag. For the customer, that means it’s easy and affordable to go green.  Not only can you compare prices among the eco-friendly options, but you can even add a green hotel to a vacation package. We’re the only major online travel company with that functionality and we’re very proud of it.”

Properties listed in the Green Hotel Directory offer sustainable initiatives for the eco-conscious traveler.  According to the website, in order to be listed in the directory, all of the eco-friendly properties have been “endorsed by a green hotel certification provider, appears in the Rainforest Alliance’s Eco-Index of Sustainable Tourism or is making significant strides in at least three of the four areas the Tourism Sustainability Council’s criteria.”

Once a property is certified and the documentation has been submitted to Travelocity, the property is added to the listing, which is updated monthly.   When the Green Hotel Directory launched in January, 200 hotels were listed.  Today, nearly 700 properties from all over the world are listed in the informative reference guide.    Besides the eco-friendly factor, properties listed in the guide are available in a wide variety of price ranges.

And the Green Hotel Directory is getting a brand new look.  The revamped site, expected to debut late Thursday evening, will make it even easier for travelers to locate eco-friendly and affordable hotels near and far.

And just how popular are green hotels?  Although no specific data is currently available, a recent Travelocity survey revealed a green rating would have at least “some influence” on hotel selection for 59 percent of those surveyed.

Jace is the Internet Feature Writer for Suite101 and is the Holidays and Working Moms Examiner for She is a regular contributor for Energy Boom, EcoWorldly and PlanetSave. She particularly enjoys writing about unusual and downright wacky environmental stories and issues plaguing wildlife and animals.Besides writing, Jace is also passionate about online safety and issues concerning children. As an Internet Safety educator, she teaches online safety and technology to 600 elementary-aged children every week for her local school district.Jace has two children who are both in college and is also mom to a slew of pets.

8 responses

  1. This is very good! I think all the hotels should starting going green because at the moment they are one of the main contributors of energy waste. Their recycling methods also need to be updated.

  2. There is a big piece of the whole picture that Travelocity is missing here and that is a description and details of what the hotels are doing to become environmentally friendly. There is no transparency in the individual hotel listing – just a notation if it is a green hotel. There are sites, like and's Green Hotels that actually show you in detail what the hotel is doing. Check those ones out too.

  3. We need help, hope you can!

    We are launching a new ecological program where all the company involved in tourism can easily participate. Each company will take care of at least a tree for a year … don’t worry you don’t have to plant it, our partner Sifoeco will do it for us.

    Our goal this month is to plant at least 1000 trees

    The directory is just beginning. So far we are doing good, but it is very slow as we try to get in touch with companies on a personal level instead of sending mass mail.

    It would be very nice for all of us if you could register this year among the firsts Green Star registered in Planetaeco’s directory. (The cost is only 2.15 dol. a month). (Your whole website will be opened in Planetaeco’s directory in different menus and you company located in google earth, plus other benefices…and of course, a tree planted an taken care of).

    We really tried to think it “cheap enough” for any company to be able to participate without worrying.. Trust us… the program is as simple as it says…
    Will you help?
    A very simple act that would help the planet a lot… I really hope you can join us today, we would be very thankful to you to help us make that program grow!!

    To join us:
    To visit us:
    The directory:

    Have a nice day,


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