GSTC partners with ASI to provide accreditation services for Certification Bodies that certify hotels/accommodations, tour operators, and destinations as sustainable. This provides the marketplace a credible means of selecting Certification Bodies that have been verified by an impartial, credible assurance provider.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America

Sector of activity
Tourism

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Scientific and Technical

Shared by

Roi Ariel

General Manager

Global Sustainable Tourism Council

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Objectives

Accreditation drives market-facing ecolabel which supports Responsible Consumption & Production by giving buyers of tourism services at both the retail and wholesale level a credible means of selecting services and suppliers that are certified sustainable.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Outcome level

SCP monitoring and reporting

  • Control Union to Certify Hotels & Tour Operators after Achieving GSTC-Accredited Status
  • Green Destinations is now GSTC-Accredited
  • Vireo Srl Achieves GSTC-Accredited Status
  • Vireo Srl is now GSTC-Accredited for Certifying Destinations
  • UCSL to Certify Hotels & Tour Operators after Achieving GSTC-Accredited Status
  • Bureau Veritas Certification to Certify Hotels & Tour Operators after Achieving GSTC-Accredited Status

Impact and Results

The GSTC Accreditation Manual has impacted non-accredited certification programs in tourism by raising awareness on impartiality requirements and other aspects of credible certification per the ISEAL Alliance Assurance Code and relevant ISO standards such as ISO 17065. GSTC has evidence of such impacts via direct communications with several programs’ leaders.

Next steps and how to get involved

Accreditation for Certification Bodies: https://www.gstcouncil.org/certification/achieve-gstc-accredited/