The Leading Hotels of the World Introduces 'Sustainability Leaders Collection' based on the GSTC Criteria

The Leading Hotels of the World (LHW), the largest collection of independent luxury hotels with more than 400 properties in over 80 countries, unveiled their Sustainability Leaders Collection in September. From modern metropolitan towers to tented jungle sanctuaries, the collection was created to recognize Leading Hotels that are committed to preserving the environment and the cherished values and cultural heritage of their destinations. This initiative assists sustainable-conscious travelers in discovering these establishments. 

The GSTC Criteria serves as the foundation for the Sustainability Leaders Collection. With deep-rooted connections to their communities and surrounding environments, more than 60 Leading Hotels are currently acknowledged as a ‘Sustainability Leader’.

A hotel bearing the Sustainability Leaders acknowledgment has undergone comprehensive evaluation being certified by a GSTC-Accredited Certification Body, or has been verified by a GSTC-Recognized Standard Owner.

This ensures their dedication to effective sustainability planning, enhancing benefits for local communities, preserving cultural heritage, and minimizing environmental footprints.

In addition, LHW has partnered with three GSTC-Recognized Standards, Green Globe, Green Key Global, Travelife, and a GSTC-Accredited Certification Body, Vireo Srl, to offer their hotels resources and tools to advance their sustainability strategies.

LHW became a member of GSTC in 2023. Discover their Sustainability Leaders collection here. 

To learn more about the difference between Certification, Accreditation, and Recognition click here.

About Leading Hotels of the World

Comprised of more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries, LHW is the largest collection of independent luxury hotels. In 1928, 38 independent hoteliers came together to create LHW. Since then, the Company has carefully curated distinctive hotels, resorts, inns, chalets, villas, and safari camps from the snow-capped Alps of Europe to the African veldt, to share them with adventurous souls who seek the remarkably uncommon. The LHW community is filled of exceptional individuals, united by a passion for the surprising discoveries and details that come with every experience. LHW hoteliers are artisans of hospitality whose expertise, commitment to excellence, and individual flair allows them to create story-worthy moments for their guests. And it is these authentic, individualized experiences combined with the warm hospitality and high-touch service they provide that keeps discerning travelers returning again and again. LHW’s collection covers the globe and promises a broad range of destinations and uncommon experiences, enhanced by LHW’s tiered guest loyalty program Leaders Club. From converted former palaces, and countryside retreats run by the same families for generations, to gleaming skyscrapers in dynamic urban centers, serene private island escapes, glamorous tented camps – and beyond – explore, find inspiration, and experience unforgettable travel moments. For more information visit:

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