Biosphere Certification

Committed to sustainable tourism

The certification of tourism sustainability

The path to a new tourism model

Biosphere develops a private voluntary and independent certification system, based on the principles of sustainability and continuous improvement. 

Through the fulfillment of a series of requirements, it offers the opportunity to entities in the sector to design products and services with a new model of non-aggressive tourism, satisfying the current needs of customers and users, without compromising future generations. 

This certification guarantees an adequate long-term balance between the economic, socio-cultural and environmental dimensions of a destination, reporting significant benefits for the entity itself, society and the environment.

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Biosphere Certifications

Specific certifications for each type of entity: sustainability applied to your business.

Choose the certification that best suits your activity.


Tourism destinations

Certification of sustainability for local tourist management entities of a Destination.


Hotels and Apartment Hotels

Sustainability certification for hotel accommodations and apartment hotels.


Sustainability certification for camping type housing entities.

Holiday Rentals

Sustainability certification for accommodation entities on a vacation rental basis.



Conservation, research, communication and exhibition institutions

Convention centers

Convention and congress halls, auditoriums, and fair and convention centers.

Tourist sites

Spaces that due to their characteristics arouse interest and tourist attraction



Tour Operators

Sustainability Certification tour operators, travel agencies and tourism offices.

Active tourism and Adventures

Certification of tourism sustainability for entities that offer sports, nature or cultural experiences


Sustainability certification for entities dedicated to the provision of services related to the transport of tourists


Sustainability certification for Golf courses


Certification for shops and stores


Catering entities with category of restaurant, bar cafeteria or other of the catering sector.


Sustainability certification for summits, festivals and congresses.

Benefits of the Biosphere Certification

A certification with multiple advantages

Increase efficiency

Increase efficiency by reducing environmental impact and costs and, improving profitability in the medium and long-term.

Improve positioning

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

Online certification

As a member of Biosphere, you will receive tools and support to manage an online certification, with personalized attention and a compilation of a history of reports, recommendations, and evaluations.


Development of tourism strategies and policies that guarantee a sustainable tourism model according to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Certification Standards

Guide for the Biosphere Certification

To promote the Biosphere Commitment; the certification is developed in standards or manuals of good practices based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN's 2030 Agenda. These objectives were created following the guidelines and recommendations of the World Charter for Sustainable Tourism +20, emanated from the International Summit on Sustainable Tourism, an event sponsored by COP21, UNESCO, UNWTO, and UNEP.

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Responsible Tourism Institute

The Biosphere Certification has multiple advantages

The Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI) is an international organization that promotes, for more than 20 years, responsible tourism at an international level. 

The RTI was born with the support of UNESCO through a Memorandum of Understanding that has allowed throughout the years the collaboration between both organizations, promoting sustainable tourism through the Biosphere brand. 

With the aim of helping the actors involved in the tourism sector to develop a new way of traveling and getting to know the planet, the RTI develops tourism activities and projects that are governed by the principles of sustainable development, actively collaborating with various business associations of the sector, governmental and non-governmental organizations, in developed and developing countries.

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