Biosphere Active Tourism Certification

The future of sustainable tourism

What is the Biosphere Active Tourism Certification?

Biosphere for active tourism is a certification of tourism sustainability designed for entities that offer experiences (sports, nature or cultural), improve their performance and reduce the negative impacts of the development of their activity, guaranteeing an adequate balance between economic, socio-cultural and environmental dimensions. 

Within this category are classified as welfare entities those that offer, for example, relaxation circuits, Spa, Wellness, coexistence in nature and therapeutic activities. Sports and Nature entities are those that offer activities such as mountaineering, climbing, hiking, diving or other of the same nature. Cultural entities are those that offer guided visits, routes, tours, transfers, local shows or similar. 

The certification guarantees the fulfillment of requirements based on the principles of sustainability and continuous improvement, ensuring that certified Active Tourism carry out new non-aggressive tourism models, satisfying the current needs of their customers and users without compromising future generations. The Biosphere Active Tourism report significant benefits for themselves, the society and the environment.

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Increase the profitability of experiences

Receive proposals and recommendations to design and provide positive sustainable experiences for both visitors and the host population, minimizing negative environmental and social impacts, reducing costs and increasing the profitability in the medium and long term of your business.

Improve positioning

Consumers increasingly demand new non-aggressive tourism models. Position yourself as a sustainable entity and communicate your commitment, with the Biosphere seal.

Reduce carbon footprint

As a Biosphere Member, you will receive tools and support to manage and reduce the environmental impact of your entity, improving its quality and image, reducing costs and contributing to the preservation of the environment.

Types of certification for active tourism

Nature and Outdoors Activities

Hiking, climbing, scuba diving

Cultural Activities

Guided tours, transfers or local shows

Relaxing Activities

Spa, Wellness, therapeutic activities

How to get the Biosphere certificate

1

Register on our platform

Fill out the application form by choosing the desired certificate within the category of experiences, determining the number of workers of your business and filling the contact and billing data fields.

2

Implementation of the requirements

With the personalized help of the Biosphere team, follow the objectives set by the certification system, fulfill the requirements and implement the necessary sustainable policies to ensure the sustainability of your business and obtain the certificate.

3

External audit

The Active Tourism must pass an external audit to obtain the Biosphere Certificate, which will verify the compliance and the correct implementation of the requirements established in the certification system.

Prices

Workers

Annual certification price

1 - 5 200 €
6 - 20 500 €
21 - 100 900 €
More than 100 1,200 €

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my entity is ready to be certified?

The goal of the Biosphere certification is to spread sustainability to the highest number of companies, destinations, and tourists around the world. If you think you are not ready to obtain the certification, at Biosphere, you will find all the documentary support and help to know what you must do to be more sustainable.

How is the Biosphere Audit done?

Within a maximum period of 10 days, an independent auditor of the Responsible Tourism Institute will perform an audit based on the evidence provided by the entity. The audit report may indicate issues to be improved or fixed. Once this report is made and validated by the RTI's Technical Committee, the RTI issues the entity's certificate.

How is the certification developed?

RTI provides the Biosphere community with an online certification system, with which it offers continuous assistance, tools, and the necessary support to guide any Camping in achieving the objectives set.

How do I renew my certification?

Once the entity has obtained the certification, it will have to renew it on the same date of the following year. The renewal process consists of providing the results of the Action Plan developed by the entity in the previous year, as well as updating the out-of-date or incomplete evidence and paying the annual fee.

What requirements must one meet to be certified?

The corresponding Biosphere Standard gathers the requirements an entity must meet to obtain the certification. This standard includes mandatory and voluntary requirements. The entity must comply with the first ones and interpret the second ones as continuous improvement objectives that should be achieved to become more sustainable.

How does an entity get certified?

To obtain the certificate; the entity must answer the requirements, through the 100% online certification system, by attaching evidence of compliance, as well as creating the minimum number of continuous improvement actions required.

Will I always pay the same fee?

Yes. The entity will pay the same fee every year based on its characteristics. In any case, through the management software, you can hire additional services (more precise analytics, training courses, etc.) at a competitive price, which will help you to improve your position in the tourism sustainability market.