Choose a Certifying Body

GSTC does NOT issue certificates itself. The certfication process is carried out by independent organizations called certifying bodies.

To become certified, travel and tourism companies and touristic destinations must:

1 - Choose a certifying body now for your type of travel product from the list below -- see the separate lists for the private sector (hotels and tour operators) and destination management by the public sector (destinations)

2 - After working with a Certification Body (CB) towards achieving full GSTC requirements compliance, your operation will receive its GSTC Certificate.

Approved Standards for Hotels & Tour Operators

Biosphere Responsible Tourism

BiosphereITR is an independent organization and its purpose is implementing actions and programs of sustainable development in the touristic industry. ITR follows the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, Rio 1992), and of the guidelines from several programs of the World Tourism Organization and UNESCOabout sustainable development and cultural and natural heritage protection.

ITR created and developed the Responsible Tourism System (STR), which is recognized by BIOSPHERE RESPONSIBLE TOURISM label. The STR promotes the sustainable touristic activities so that responsible tourism can be a specific touristic product. www.biospheretourism.com

EarthCheck Company Standard

EarthCheck is the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism. Since 1987, we have helped businesses, communities and governments to deliver clean, safe, prosperous and healthy destinations for travellers to visit, live, work and play. The EarthCheck program is built on Agenda 21 principles and is currently used in more than 70 countries across the globe in six languages. EarthCheck patented software and systems have set a benchmark for sustainability reporting for the travel and tourism industry. Find out more, visit us at www.earthcheck.org.

 

Ecotourism Australia

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Ecotourism Australia is a not for profit organisation that is focused on inspiring environmentally sustainable and culturally responsible tourism. Ecotourism Australia was formed in 1991 and is the peak industry body for ecotourism in Australia, managing four certification programs for tourism operators. Their primary product development tool, ECO certification, is a world recognised program with a UNESCO World Heritage Centre MOU and is Approved by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. They work with and represent Ecotourism operators, Protected Area Managers, State and Regional Tourism Organisations, Government agencies and other stakeholders (Ecotourism Australia).

 

Approved Standards for Destinations

Biosphere Responsible Tourism

BiosphereITR is an independent organization and its purpose is implementing actions and programs of sustainable development in the touristic industry. ITR follows the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, Rio 1992), and of the guidelines from several programs of the World Tourism Organization and UNESCOabout sustainable development and cultural and natural heritage protection.

ITR created and developed the Responsible Tourism System (STR), which is recognized by BIOSPHERE RESPONSIBLE TOURISM label. The STR promotes the sustainable touristic activities so that responsible tourism can be a specific touristic product. www.biospheretourism.com

EarthCheck Destination Standard

EarthCheck is the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism. Since 1987, we have helped businesses, communities and governments to deliver clean, safe, prosperous and healthy destinations for travellers to visit, live, work and play. The EarthCheck program is built on Agenda 21 principles and is currently used in more than 70 countries across the globe in six languages. EarthCheck patented software and systems have set a benchmark for sustainability reporting for the travel and tourism industry. Find out more, visit us at www.earthcheck.org.

 

 

NOTE:

  • Certification by a "GSTC Recognized" certifying body does NOT consitute being "GSTC Certified"
  • The above standards have been Approved as in compliance with the requirements of the Manual for GSTC Approval.  GSTC Approved means that a certification program is using a GSTC-recognized standard and is following processes and procedures that have been reviewed and approved by the GSTC. GSTC Approval means the GSTC has recognized that the standard used for certification is aligned with the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC-Recognized) and that the certification procedures largely meet international standards for transparency, impartiality, and competence.

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