Folder Certificates, Labels, Standards

Sustainable Tourism Certification Worldwide

Good to know
Since 1993 ECOTRANS has continuously compiled and updated the global list of environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism certification programs, labels and standards.

What is important to know? Download  the free "Guide through the label jungle 2016"

UPDATE NOTE: The certification programmes are now and then changing their standards or their assessment procedure. ECOTRANS updates their profiles accordingly.

Global List

There are more than 100 certificates operating world wide. Where do they operate? Which sustainability areas do they certify? Who can can be certified? How many businesses, tour operators or destinations are certified?

Click on the logos and see their profiles!

The list is continuously updated and expanded.


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Asia and the Pacific


Global standard for international recognition of sustainable tourism certificates

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has developed and is using the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria as base for the international recognition of standards and certification programmes. ECOTRANS recommends all stakeholders to use the GSTC criteria as guidance for making tourism more sustainable. 
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Herbert Hamele, ECOTRANS,

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Contact Adventure Green Alaska (AGA)
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Contact ECO Certification, Malta
Contact ECO XXI
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Contact Ecovin
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Contact Emeraude Hotelier
Contact Encouraging Conservation in Oklahoma
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Contact Fly-360-Green
Contact GREAT Green Deal Guatemala
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Contact Green Leaf Business Scheme, United Kingdom
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Contact Green Lodging Michigan
Contact Green Lotus Label
Contact Green Pearls Unique Places
Contact Green Restaurant, USA
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Contact Green Tourism
Contact Green and Ecotourism Certification Program Botswana
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Contact Gîtes Panda, Belgium
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Contact Hawaii - Green Business Program
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Contact Hilton Lightstay
Contact Hoteles + verdes
Contact International Organization for Standardization ISO
Contact Kenya Eco-Rating Certification Scheme
Contact Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice (LEAF), Canada
Contact Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Hospitality
Contact Legambiente Turismo, Italy
Contact Maine's Environmental Leader Certification Lodging Businesses
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Contact Maryland Green Travel Program
Contact Missouri Certified Green
Contact NABERS
Contact NC GreenTravel Initiative Program
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Contact National Tourism Accreditation Framework NTAF, Australia
Contact Nature's Best, Sweden
Contact Naturland
Contact Naturparkhotel
Contact New Hampshire Sustainable Lodging and Restaurant Program
Contact No Co2 Certification
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Contact Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Green Certification Program
Contact PAN PARKS Initiative
Contact PLANET 21 program
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Contact Partner des Biosphärenreservates Bliesgau
Contact Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia
Contact Peak District Environmental Quality Mark, United Kingdom
Contact Programa Nacional de Auditoría Ambiental (PNAA), Mexico
Contact Prüfzeichen Schorfheide-Chorin, Germany
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Contact Quality Label for Hotels, Croatia
Contact Quality Matters - Qualitätsoffensive Naturparke, Germany
Contact QualityCoast Award
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Contact Qualmark, New Zealand
Contact Rainforest Alliance Certification programme
Contact Reise für Allen
Contact Respecting our Culture (ROC)
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