A Kodiak business has been honored by
Adventure Green Alaska, the state's first tourism program to highlight
sustainable business practices.
Kodiak Island Charters was selected for AGA
certification at the bronze level. The business is owned by Chris and
Jai-Nan Fiala. The certification awards were announced during a tourism
gathering in Palmer.
operators applying for the AGA certification respond to online application
their commitment to the environment, participation in
community and village events, awareness of climate change impacts, and green
business practices. Business owners are also selected to participate in a
personal interview and consultation with an AGA Board member.
AGA was launched in 2008 through
the Alaska Wilderness Recreation and Tourism Association; a nonprofit trade
organization for ecotourism businesses in Alaska.
In its initial year, AGA awarded Alaska tourism sustainable
business certification to nine businesses. AGA is already planning a third
certification process beginning today (Thursday). Business will have until June
30 to submit the AGA application.
Adventure Green Alaska program
benefits include recognition on the program website:
and other travel-related websites. Training and additional
resources for businesses interested in receiving the sustainable tourism
certification will be made available in the future according to AGA board
president Tony Turrini.