The Responsible Tourism Institute was born after the "World Conference on Sustainable Tourism: Towards a New Tourism Culture" (Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, April 1995), sponsored by UNESCO. The mision of the RTI has always been to promote the principles of the "WORLD CHARTER FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM".
RTI is an independent organization whose objective is the implementation of actions and programs of sustainable development in the tourism industry. To this end, the RTI created and developed the Responsible Tourism System (RTS), recognized by the BIOSPHERE RESPONSIBLE TOURISM label. The seal emerged as a response to the need of establishing criteria to achieve a sustainable behavior in the international tourism business. RTI promotes sustainable tourism activities so that responsible tourism can become a specific tourism product. RTI recognizes as well, through Biosphere, the competitiveness of the tourism sector by measuring its contribution to the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the World Charter for Sustainable Tourism +20 and the Climate Change Conference (COP21). The methodology and criteria for sustainable tourism of the RTI was approved at conferences sponsored by UNESCO and UNWTO ("Sustainable Tourism in the Framework of the New Urban Agenda" and "Sustainability and Competitiveness in Tourist Destinations").
Currently, the RTI maintains a memorandum of understanding with UNESCO and is affiliated to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in addition to being a founding member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). It has also been awarded several prizes since its inception, most notably the "European Environment Awards" (2000), a special mention in the "Green Wood Responsibility Awards" (2005) and the "International Environment Award" (2006) issued by TUI AG.
History of the Responsible Tourism Institute
Mission, Philosophy and Values