Working towards a more sustainable tourism

Working towards a more sustainable tourism

Working towards a more sustainable tourism

What does Responsible Tourism Institute stand for?

The Responsible Tourism Institute is an independent organization and its goal is the implementation of actions and programs for sustainable development in the tourism industry. For this purpose, RTI follows the recommendations of the United Nations Conference for the protection of the environment and development (Rio 1992), and the guidelines of various programs of the World Tourism Organization and UNESCO on sustainable development and protection of cultural and natural heritage.

The Responsible Tourism Institute created and developed the Responsible Tourism System (STR), which is recognized under the brand BIOSPHERE RESPONSIBLE TOURISM. This certification emerged as the answer to establish criteria for sustainable behavior in the international tourist business. Therefore, the STR promotes sustainable tourism products. Currently the RTI maintains a cooperation agreement with UNESCO and is affiliated to the World Tourism OrganizationUNWTO, and member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). It has also been awarded several prizes, such as the "Global Awards Sport and Tourism", "European Environment Award", a special mention in the "Green Wood Award for Environmental Responsibility"(2005) and "The International Award Environment and Sustainable Development " issued by TUI AG.


The Certification for Sustainable Tourism

Certificado Biosphere


The BIOSPHERE RESPONSIBLE TOURISM certification programme, designed for sustainability in touristic companies and destinations, executed by third-party audits, is one of the most credible and trusted programs in the global market.

It was created and developed by the Responsible Tourism Institute, under the auspices of UNESCO, through the Responsible Tourism System, as a consequence of the World Charter for Sustainable Tourism signed in 1995.

Also, is a certification with the recognition and approval of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

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World Charter for Sustainable Tourism +20

Carta Mundial de Turismo Sostenible +20 (2015)

In 1995 the Charter for Sustainable Tourism was adopted at the first World Conference on Sustainable Tourism, held on the island of Lanzarote (Spain). This historic action took place under the auspices of UNESCO, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the leading associated international organisations and related programmes, such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the MAB Programme (Man and the Biosphere), the World Heritage Centre, the European Commission and the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development. The conference saw the birth of the term and the concept of Sustainable Tourism, which, along with the Declaration, was a significant shift in the tourism industry and the carrying out of tourism towards more responsible ways of conducting and conceiving this activity.

Twenty years later, major changes have occurred in today’s world and in the travel and tourism industry, obliging us to rethink and update the terms and objectives of the initial declaration in order to give new drive and meaning to the commitment to sustainability in this key sector.

The World Summit on Sustainable Tourism (ST+20) was therefore the major event of 2015 to bring together the key actors in sustainable tourism in the search for a new drive to work towards its goals.

World Charter for Sustainable Tourism +20