Certified Sustainable Destinations

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The map below features destinations which have been certified sustainable by a certifying body that is “GSTC Accredited”. The management teams at these destinations understand that “sustainability” is a journey and that work to implement the GSTC Criteria is never complete. Sustainable destination management requires continuing commitment and ongoing collaboration among wide-ranging stakeholders in everyday decision-making. However, these destinations have traveled a long way down the path of sustainability. They are to be commended, and they should be promoted as destinations worthy of travelers’ support.


Destination managers interested in certifying their destination should contact one of the certification bodies that are GSTC Accredited for destinations.

GSTC-Accredited Certification Bodies for Destinations

EarthCheck

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EarthCheck is a 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.

Get certified by EarthCheck

Green Destinations

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Green Destinations (GD) is a non-profit organisation of experts and destination ambassadors working in 80 countries. GD supports a large community of local, regional and country destination managers and stakeholders, enhancing destination sustainability, market visibility, and tourism quality. The GD Certification Committee supervises certification and benchmark awards (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum) based upon the GSTC- Recognized GD Standard, and other (e.g. national) standards. GD offers destinations and countries with state-of-the-art tools for baseline assessment, monitoring, reporting and strategic development, also in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Get certified by Green Destinations

NOTE:

  • Certification by a certifying body whose standard is “GSTC-Recognized” does NOT constitute being Certified by GSTC. “GSTC Recognized” relates to a published set of standards and NOT to the process of certification. Click here to learn more about GSTC-Recognized and to view lists of standards that are  Recognized by the GSTC as aligned with the GSTC Criteria.
  • The above standards have been Accredited or Approved as in compliance with the requirements of the Manuals for GSTC Accreditation or Approval. The Accredited and Approved marks mean that the certification procedures largely meet international standards for transparency, impartiality, and competence.

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NOTE:

  • Certification by a certifying body whose standard is “GSTC-Recognized” does NOT constitute being Certified by GSTC. “GSTC Recognized” relates to a published set of standards and NOT to the process of certification. Click here to learn more about GSTC-Recognized and to view lists of standards that are  Recognized by the GSTC as aligned with the GSTC Criteria.
  • The above standards have been Accredited or Approved as in compliance with the requirements of the Manuals for GSTC Accreditation or Approval. The Accredited and Approved marks mean that the certification procedures largely meet international standards for transparency, impartiality, and competence.