History

The Responsible Tourism Institute

Beginning of Yuriria's certification process as "Biosphere Destination"

In process. Certification of Yuriria, Mexico, as a Sustainable Tourism Destination, Biosphere Destination. Project in collaboration with the Municipality of Yuriria and the Secretary of Tourism of Guanajuato.

Beginning of Yuriria's certification process as

Beginning of Leon's certification process as "Biosphere Destination"

In process. Certification of León as a Sustainable Tourism Destination, Biosphere Destination. Project in collaboration with the Provincial Council of León. A process of identification of sustainable tourism products is also being carried out.

Beginning of Leon's certification process as

Beginning of Vilafranca del Penedès's certification process as "Biosphere Destination"

In process. Certification of Vilafranca del Penedès as a Sustainable Tourism Destination, Biosphere Destination. Project in collaboration with the Town Hall of Vilafranca del Penedès.

Beginning of Vilafranca del Penedès's certification process as

International Conference Alentejo-Ribatejo

The event was attended by the Secretary of State for Tourism, the Regional Entity of Tourism Alentejo | Ribatejo, the Responsible Tourism Institute, the President of the Regional Development Agency of Alentejo, Tourism of Portugal, the Portuguese Tourism Confederation of the Évora City Council, as well as national and international speakers. Several cases of BIOSPHERE certification were presented, from destinations, operators and hosting units

International Conference Alentejo-Ribatejo

Certification of Vitoria-Gasteiz as "Biosphere Destination"

Certification of Vitoria-Gasteiz as a Sustainable Tourism Destination, Biosphere Destination. Project in collaboration with the City council of Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Certification of Vitoria-Gasteiz as

Certification of Sitges as "Biosphere Destination"

Certification of Sitges as a Sustainable Tourism Destination, Biosphere Destination. Project in collaboration with the City Council of Sitges.

Certification of Sitges as

Certification of Euskadi as "Biosphere Destination"

Certification of Euskadi - Basque Country and the 6 destinations of which it is composed as a Sustainable Tourism Destination, Biosphere Destination. Project in collaboration with the Basque Tourism Agency (Basquetour). Euskadi became the second integral region to receive Biosphere certification.

Certification of Euskadi as

Certification of Arona as "Biosphere Destination"

Certification of Arona as a Sustainable Tourism Destination, Biosphere Destination. Project in collaboration with the City of Arona. Arona became the first destination of the south of Tenerife in receiving the certification.

Certification of Arona as

World Summit on Sustainable Tourism

Held in Vitoria - Gasteiz, European Green Capital (2012). This top-level meeting, framed as an initiative within COP21 (United Nations Climate Change Conference), is under the auspices of UNESCO, the MaB (Man and Biosphere) Program, the World Heritage Center, the The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the European Commission and the United Nations Sustainable Development Division. The International Council of Monuments and Historic-Artistic Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), together with institutions that investigate ecological efficiency, innovation, climate change, education and training in sustainable development attended this event.

World Summit on Sustainable Tourism

Certification of Catalonia as "Biosphere Destination"

Certification of Catalonia as a Sustainable Tourism Destination, Biosphere Destination. Project in collaboration with the Catalan Tourism Agency (CAT). Catalonia became the first integral destination in receiving the Biosphere certification.

Certification of Catalonia as

Certification of Lanzarote as "Biosphere Destination"

Certification of the Island of Lanzarote as a Sustainable Tourism Destination, Biosphere Destination. Project in collaboration with the Island Council of Lanzarote. Lanzarote became the first destination to receive the certification with the approval by the GSTC.

Certification of Lanzarote as

Certification of City Express Hotels as "Biosphere Hotel Company"

First Mexican hotel chain to receive this certification. In November 2012, the agreement between City Express and RTI Hotels was signed for a corporate certification and 100% of business units. At the moment there are 70 hotels certified

Certification of City Express Hotels as

Certification of Escorca as "Biosphere Destination"

Certification of Escorca as a Sustainable Tourism Destination, Biosphere Destination. Project in collaboration with the City of Escorca. Escorca became the first destination of the Balearic Islands in receiving the certification.

Certification of Escorca as

GSTC Destination Community Barcelona

The RTI participated in the creation of the event and several talks. The establishment of the GSTC Destination Community was aimed at creating a space where the interaction between certifications recognized and approved by the GSTC, such as Biosphere Responsible Tourism and between committed destinations, would further strengthen the Global Criteria and, therefore, the application of environmental, social, cultural and economic principles in the core of this Global Criteria.

GSTC Destination Community Barcelona

Certification of Valle D'Arán as "BIOSPHERE DESTINATION".

Project in collaboration with the General Council of Valle d'Aran.

Certification of Valle D'Arán as

Certification of Gijón "BIOSPHERE WORLD URBAN DESTINATION"

Certification of the City of Gijon "BIOSPHERE WORLD URBAN DESTINATION". Project in collaboration with Tourism of Gijón.

Certification of Gijón

Al Invest IV Mercosur, Chile and Venezuela Project

Development of the BIOSPHERE Certification in the Aysén region, based on the collaboration agreement signed in 2010. The project is part of the line of "Transfer, dissemination and implementation of good environmental and tourism practices to companies of the Sustainable Tourism Network Of the Region of Aysén ", co-financed by INNOVA CHILE of CORFO and the program AL-INVEST IV, co-financed by the European Commission.

Al Invest IV Mercosur, Chile and Venezuela Project

Sustainable Tourism Development and Innovation Plan for the reconstruction of the Juan Fernández Archipelago

Participation in the elaboration of the Action Plan, Tourist Diagnosis, Strategic Analysis, Follow-up Indicators, and the realization of several workshops on tourism innovation, marketing, positioning, etc.

Sustainable Tourism Development and Innovation Plan for the reconstruction of the Juan Fernández Archipelago

Responsible Tourism Seminars

Seminars that took place in Arica and Santiago de Chile, organized by Fundación Empresarial EuroChile. The ITR collaborated in organizing and holding the seminars and participated in the opening conference of the first seminar "Responsible Tourism, a way of development for Arica and Parinacota". The RTI also participated in the Central Conference of the Seminar.

Responsible Tourism Seminars

Certification of Barcelona as the first destination "Biosphere World Class Destination"

Project in collaboration with the Barcelona City Council. Obtaining this certification made Barcelona the first destination in the world to obtain such recognition.

Certification of Barcelona as the first destination

Program for Dissemination and Technology Transfer for the commercialization of tourism products of special interest in the territory of Olmué (Chile)

Cooperation project between the Regional Chamber of Commerce of Valparaiso and the Responsible Tourism Institute. Certification of 31 new establishments belonging to the commune of Olmué, Valparaiso, within the framework of the Program of Diffusion and Technological Transfer for the commercialization of tourist products of special interests of the territory of Olmué.

Program for Dissemination and Technology Transfer for the commercialization of tourism products of special interest in the territory of Olmué (Chile)

Creation of the Tourist Product of the landscapes in the La Palma Biosphere Reserve

Project in collaboration with the Management of the La Palma Biosphere Reserve. Analysis of existing tourist infrastructures. Diagnosis of the tourist situation and measures for the maximization of it. Management and supervision of the creation of a tourism product based on the offer and landscape diversity of the Island of La Palma.

Creation of the Tourist Product of the landscapes in the La Palma Biosphere Reserve

Creation of the Tourist Product of Observation of the Sky in the Island of La Palma

Project in collaboration with the Management of the La Palma Biosphere Reserve. A detailed study of the astronomical observation resources of the Island was carried out. Later, a tourism product was developed based on the offer of observation of the night sky of La Palma, oriented to improve the tourist competitiveness of the Island at a national and international level through the use of the sky as a differentiating claim and offer.

Creation of the Tourist Product of Observation of the Sky in the Island of La Palma

Certification of SOL MELIÁ as the first group "Biosphere Hotel Company"

Certification of SOL MELIÁ as BIOSPHERE HOTEL COMPANY, which implied the evaluation of the company's global sustainability strategy and the visit to several hotels at international level to verify the materialization of the strategy.

Certification of SOL MELIÁ as the first group

Diagnosis of sustainability of the City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Development of the sustainability diagnosis of the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands), covering the following areas: Climate change and air quality, Natural and urban environment, Cultural diversity and heritage, Society and Development.

Diagnosis of sustainability of the City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

International Mediterranean Ecotourism Conference

Participation in the International Mediterranean Ecotourism Conference promoted by ECOTRANS, ACTA and ARPA Sicily

International Mediterranean Ecotourism Conference

La Palma - Sustainable tourism destination

Creation and development of La Palma - Sustainable Tourism Destination, through the implementation and certification of RTS standards "Biosphere Destination" on the island of La Palma. Accession of the main tourist establishments of La Palma to the brand BIOSPHERE

La Palma - Sustainable tourism destination

Creation of the sustainable tourist destination Valle del Cabriel

In the 7 municipalities that make up the Association of Municipalities of the Ribera del Cabriel, a Plan for Tourist Dynamization and a MACT (Model of Approach to Tourism Quality) were developed, which included training, product identification and marketing

Creation of the sustainable tourist destination Valle del Cabriel

Proclamation by UNESCO of the figure and legacy of Don Quixote as Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

Years 2006-2007. Development of the process for the Proclamation by UNESCO of the figure and legacy of Don Quixote as an Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Development of international meetings in relevant institutions for the dissemination and support of the legacy of Don Quijote as a World Intangible Heritage.

Proclamation by UNESCO of the figure and legacy of Don Quixote as Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

Community Initiative EQUAL / MEDAS 21

Years 2006/2007. Constitution of the SAGITAL Development Group, which created the Project "Adaptation Services for the Management of Tourism and Fishing Initiatives in Coastal Areas". It aimed to support the adaptability of companies and workers in the fishing sector and related activities to fishing and tourism-fishing diversification activities in the coastal areas affected by the crisis in the sector.

Community Initiative EQUAL / MEDAS 21

Sustainable Tourism Forum 2007

Participation in this forum held in Isla de Pascua, Chile. It was promoted by the Easter Island Chamber of Tourism, in collaboration with CORFO and the Tarai Henua Local Development program.

Sustainable Tourism Forum 2007

'Sport & Tourism Global Award'

The Responsible Tourism Institute was granted the "Sport and Tourism Global Awards" in its second edition held in Palma de Mallorca in the category of non-profit organizations, focused on tourism and the environment. It recognized the continuous awareness and dissemination of the environmental values in the international tourism industry.

'Sport & Tourism Global Award'

Congress "MERCOSUR: Towards Responsible and Sustainable Tourism"

Organization with UNESCO of the Congress "MERCOSUR: Towards Responsible and Sustainable Tourism", held in Montevideo, Uruguay. The objective of this meeting was to design responsible and sustainable tourism policies in MERCOSUR countries. To this end, the event focused on themes such as sustainable tourism, environmental certifications, biosphere reserves andthe Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Program.

Congress

International Environmental Award

Obtainment of the International Award of the Environment awarded by the TUI Tour Operator in recognition of the work carried out by the RTIin the field of tourism sustainability

International Environmental Award

"Green Wood" Awards

In 2005, the Responsible Tourism Institute was awarded the Green Wood Award for Environmental Responsibility, granted by the Promotion of Sociocultural Activities (APAS) in collaboration with the Royal Spanish Golf Federation.

World Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development

Organization of the Plenary Session and conclusions of the World Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and organized by UNWTO, UNESCO and the Government of Brazil.

World Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development

Biosphere web portal

Creation of a Web Portal for "Biosphere" destinations and establishments, easily accessible and widely distributed.

Biosphere web portal

Advanced Seminar and Workshop on "Integrated Strategic Planning of Sustainable Tourist Destinations"

Advanced Seminar and Workshop on "Integrated Strategic Planning of Sustainable Tourist Destinations" within the framework of the Azahar Program with the participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation through the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI) and the General Secretary of Tourism.

Advanced Seminar and Workshop on

Universal Forum of Cultures of Barcelona 2004: International Dialogue "Tourism, Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development"

Collaboration in the organization of the Universal Forum, meeting on tourism that brought together in Barcelona the main actors that make up the sector. More than a thousand participants, with the assistance of 100 lecturers in different sessions of the symposiums; where more than 68 papers were debated around the different realities affecting cultural diversity, tourism and sustainable development. In parallel, several workshops were held, and 70 communications and experiences were presented.

Universal Forum of Cultures of Barcelona 2004: International Dialogue

Seminar and international workshop "Tourism, natural heritage and biodiversity"

Held at the Central Hispanic Auditorium in Madrid, Spain. The RTI, in collaboration with the Santander Central Hispano Foundation, organized this event with the objective of analyzing the interrelations between tourism and natural heritage, paying particular attention to its implications for the conservation of Biodiversity in the world. This issue was addressed in a generic way, but with a significant reference to tourist destinations and in situ conservation of natural heritage and biological wealth, with special attention to the recommendations of the World Parks Congress held in Durban in September 2003.

Seminar and international workshop

World Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development

Organization of a seminar at the World Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development in Salvador Bahia, Brazil.

World Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development

Creation of 6 Biosphere Certifications

Creation of the Certification "Biosphere Destination", "Biosphere Restaurant", "Biosphere Mobility", "Biosphere Discover", "Biosphere Park" and "Biosphere House". Expansion of the Responsible Tourism System including the evaluation of sustainable destinations, as well as a specific section dedicated to research, training and specialized education applied to the management of the tourism production process.

Creation of 6 Biosphere Certifications

International Workshop "Sustainable Tourism in Heritage Cities"

Held in the Hall of Mosaics of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos (Córdoba, Spain), it was organized by the RTIin collaboration with the Municipality of Cordoba and the Tourism Excellence Plan of Cordoba. This workshop was intended to assert the enormous potential of tourism as a way of interrelation and understanding among people, cultures, races and languages. Tourism, understood as a powerful instrument for the exchange of human flows, is one of the natural allies of peace, since tourism and peace are inseparable and closely related to the point that it cannot be understanded the one without the other

International Workshop

International workshop "The integration of sustainable tourism and the conservation of ex-situ fauna"

The workshop took place at the Hotel Botánico (Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife) and was organized by the RTI and the Loro Parque Foundation. The main objective was to specify the aspects to be addressed in the Panel on Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism at the International Conference on Tourism, Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development to be held in Barcelona in July 2004. These included: Promotion of sustainable good practices based on the "Animal Embassy" standard of quality and environmental responsibility carried out by the RTI and Loro Parque; stablishing the foundations of the strategy for the defense of biodiversity from zoos; and contributing to the normalization of Good sustainability practices in zoos, among others.

International workshop

International Workshop "Sustainable tourism and local, global culture and cooperation"

It took place in Michoacán (Zamora, Mexico). It was a Preforum workshop held in the "Ibero-American Congress of Cultural Heritage, Development and Tourism" and organized by the RTI, the National Coordination of Cultural Heritage and Tourism of CONACULTA and the Colegio de Michoacán. The main goalwas to develop the Workshop with international and Ibero-American experts, analyzing the proposed topics and adding the Ibero-American perspective.

International Workshop

International Meeting on Tourism, Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development

Meeting held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. It focused on the presentation of the Barcelona Forum 2004 by Mrs. Mireia Belil, Director and on the International Dialogue "Tourism, Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development" by Dr. Tomás Azcárate, President of the Responsible Tourism Institute; Agency responsible for the Secretariat Technique of Dialogue. The main objective was to publicize the structuring of the Dialogue in the thematic areas on which this event was to take place (Tourist Destinations, Tourism Industry Sustainability, Cultural Diversity, Urban and Rural Heritage, Biodiversity, Promotion of Peace and Cooperation, New technologies and the Knowledge society)

International Meeting on Tourism, Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development

Progress in the Biosphere Hotel and Biosphere Golf standards

Years 2002-2003. Generalization in the Implementation and Certification of the Biosphere Hotel and Golf standards. Joint implementation in some cases with ISO 14001 and EMAS.

Progress in the Biosphere Hotel and Biosphere Golf standards

Renewable Energy Promotion Campaigns

Years 2000-2003. Participation in the Renewable Energy Promotion Campaigns in the Framework of Cooperation with DG-TREN as European Commission partnerships in the Take-Off Campaign.

Renewable Energy Promotion Campaigns

Euro-Caribbean Cooperation Conference for the promotion of renewable energies in the islands

Project financed by the European Commission (Directorate General for Energy and Transport) with the aim of establishing cooperation for the promotion of renewable energy in the islands. The conference included the creation of an International Forum for RES, Islands and Sustainable Tourism and concluded with the holding of the Saint Lucia World Conference.

Euro-Caribbean Cooperation Conference for the promotion of renewable energies in the islands

Partner of the EU

The Responsible Tourism Institute became in 2002 Partner of the European Union in the Energy Sector

Partner of the EU

Internet Portal Merger Project

Cooperation between the Responsible Tourism Institute and the Technological Institute of the Canary Islands to jointly undertake a project for the application and enhancement of the use of advanced telecommunications services, within the framework of the ARTE / SME II program of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Internet Portal Merger Project

European meeting

The RTI participated in a European meeting of tourism municipalities

European meeting

Rural Tourism Workshop

Workshop on Rural Tourism in Biosphere Reserves, which took place on the island of La Palma

Rural Tourism Workshop

Workshop on Management of Tourism Sustainability

Between 26 and 28 September 2001 a Workshop on Management of Sustainable Tourism for Hotel Establishments was held in Yaiza (Lanzarote).

Workshop on Management of Tourism Sustainability

Thomson Award

Certified Biosphere Hotels receive the Thomson tour operator's environmental award.

Thomson Award

OCITURES 2001 Project

Development of the OCITURES 2001 project, which created the "Standard Responsible Golf System", the standardization of good practices for the management of golf courses, the "Standard Animal Embassy" and the standardization of good practices for exhibition theme parks Ex situ animal (within the framework of cooperation with UNESCO for the conservation of biodiversity). In the latter participated the San Diego Zoo (USA), the Loro Park Foundation (Spain), the New York Zoo (USA) and the International Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums.

OCITURES 2001 Project

International Conference Sustainable Hotels for Sustainable Destinations in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Conference organized by the ITR and the City Council of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, with the collaboration of UNESCO, OMT, ITC, Cabildo de Gran Canaria, the Government of the Canary Islands and the General Secretary of Tourism. It was aimed at government officials and tourist companies, among others, to promote cooperation and exchange of experiences of sustainable projects in the hotel sector.

International Conference Sustainable Hotels for Sustainable Destinations in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

International Meeting on Sustainable Tourism

The meeting was organized by UNESCO and the Responsible Tourism Institute. Held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, it was aimed at tour operators, and was attended by the most important at an international level. During the same, the problems related to sustainability within the tourism sector were analyzed and the Responsible Tourism System was presented as a mechanism for the improvement and promotion of Tourism Sustainability.

International Meeting on Sustainable Tourism

European Business Awards for the Environment

Obtaining the European Environment Award for the "Responsible Tourism System"

European Business Awards for the Environment

'Biosphere Hotels' Certifications

Consolidation of the certifications "Biosphere Hotels" with the gradual incorporation of establishments.

'Biosphere Hotels' Certifications

Memorandum of Understanding with UNESCO

Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with UNESCO as a collaborating agency for the development of sustainable tourism in all its different aspects.

Memorandum of Understanding with UNESCO

Implementation of the Responsible Tourism System

In 1998, with the collaboration of the State Secretariat of Tourism of Spain, a project was carried out to analyze 30 tourism establishments and the management systems they carried out. After this project the Responsible Tourism System was launched, on the basis of the data collected and the principles of sustainable tourism (Sustainable Tourism Charter)

Implementation of the Responsible Tourism System

Formation of the Responsible Tourism Institute

In 1997 the Responsible Tourism Institute was established with the support of UNESCO.

Formation of the Responsible Tourism Institute

Beginning of the creation of the Responsible Tourism Institute

After the World Conference on Sustainable Tourism was held on 27 and 28 April 1995 in Lanzarote, the creation of the Responsible Tourism Institute began.

Beginning of the creation of the Responsible Tourism Institute