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.


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.

Biosphere Sustainable for Rural Accommodation

Biosphere Sustainable Certification for Rural accommodation.

Biosphere Sustainable for Hostels

Biosphere Sustainable Certification for Hostels.


Biosphere Sustainable for Museums

Conservation, research, communication and exhibition institutions


Biosphere Sustainable for Active Nature Tourism

Certification of tourism sustainability for entities that offer nature experiences



Sustainability certification aimed at entities whose facilities are adjacent to bodies of water.


Sustainability certification for Golf courses



Convention centers

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


Sustainability certification for summits, festivals and congresses.



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



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


Tour Operators

Sustainability Certification tour operators, travel agencies and tourism offices.


Certification for shops and stores

Benefits of Biosphere Sustainable

A certification with multiple advantages

Improve your positioning

Appear as a Biosphere Certified entity in search engines. Highlight your sustainable recognition in the main OTAs such as Booking, Agoda, HotelBeds, Ecohotels and soon Trivago, among others.

Increase your sales

As 70% of global travellers say they would book accommodation knowing it is sustainable. (Booking 2019)

Reduce costs with responsible consumption

Increase the economic savings of your activity through energy and water efficiency, and much more.

Enjoy being sustainable

Use a sustainability management platform, flexible, adapted to your reality and 100% online. You will be able to recognise all your sustainable efforts, no matter how small.

Increase your visibility

Have your own profile and get international recognition. Use a badge, QR code and other materials and promote yourself on Biosphere's communication channels and destinations.

Improve the working environment

By establishing a truly sustainable corporate culture, involving your employees and involving them in more effective and responsible management.

Certification Standards

Align your company with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations of the 2030 Agenda and be part of a truly sustainable community.

Responsible Tourism Institute(RTI)

Internationally responsible tourism promoter

The Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI) is an international organisation created with the aim of transferring the objectives set out in the United Nations summits and charters to all agents in the sector.

With more than 20 years of experience, the RTI was born with the support of UNESCO through a Memorandum of Understanding, which has allowed collaboration between both organisations, promoting sustainable tourism on all fronts through the Biosphere Brand.

The Biosphere methodology, created by the RTI, translates into tourism the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (17 SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, approved at the global summits sponsored by UNESCO and UNWTO, which were held during 2017, the International Year of Sustainable Tourism.

Visit the Responsible Tourism Institute