Environment: World’s Top 10 Sustainable Tourism Bodies

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The Global Sustainable Tourism Council of the United Nations Foundation has recognized 10 national bodies around the world for their activities to promote sustainable tourism.

To achieve this recognition, these organizations underwent a thorough review and authorization process. Pictured: traditional irrigation is used in the rice paddies of Bali, Indonesia. Photo Credit: Bali Hotels Assocation.

Tourism Bodies Go Green 

  • Ecotourism Australia’s Ecotourism and Advanced Ecotourism Certification
  • Bundesministerium für Land – und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft (BMLFUW)’s Austrian Ecolabel for Tourism (Österreichisches Umweltzeichen)
  • Costa Rica Tourist Board (ICT)’s Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST)
  • Ecotourism Ireland’s Ecotourism Ireland Label
  • European Ecotourism Knowledge Network’s European Ecotourism Labelling Standard (EETLS)
  • Fair Trade in Tourism for South Africa (FTTSA)
  • Instituto de Turismo Responsable’s Biosphere Hotels
  • Japan Ecolodge Association’s Environmentally sustainable accommodations standard
  • Rainforest Alliance’s Standard for Tourism Operations
  • Sustainable Travel International’s Sustainable Tourism Eco-Certification Program (STEP).

“We are thrilled to have this global recognition for the Australian ecotourism industry,” says Kym Cheatham, Chief Executive of Ecotourism Australia.

“While Ecotourism Australia’s environmental certification was a world first 16 years ago, since then many other programmes have been developed. This recognition shows that Australian ecotourism continues to lead the world in environmental best practice.”


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