Biosphere Holiday Rentals Certification

The future of sustainable tourism

What is the Biosphere Holiday Rentals Certification?

Biosphere for holiday rental is a certification of tourism sustainability designed for housing entities with the category of holiday rentals, to improve their performance and reduce the negative impacts of the development of their activity, ensuring an adequate balance between the economic, socio-cultural and environmental dimensions. 

This modality includes all the entities that offer accommodation units in which only the hosting service is provided. These spaces are usually equipped so that guests can have spaces for cooking and washing, such as rural houses, apartments, ecolodges, holiday homes, bed and breakfast, flats and tourist rooms, among others. 

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

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Increase occupancy

Demonstrate that your business reduces its emissions, recycles and passes our audits that position hotels and improve the perception and loyalty of customers.

Increase the added value

Receive proposals and recommendations to increase the added value in the experiences offered by your business, consolidating a more authentic value chain, local and close to the destination's community, which will generate a positive impact on local socio-economic development and perception of your customers and users.

Reduce carbon footprint

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

How to obtain the Biosphere Certificate for Holiday Rentals

The Biosphere certification process



Fill in the application form by choosing the desired certificate within the category of accommodation, in the modality of holiday rental, determining the number of beds in your business and filling out the contact and billing data fields.


Implementation of 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. Remember that these are international requirements approved in conferences sponsored by UNESCO and UNWTO.


External audit

The Holiday Rentals 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.



Annual certification price

1 - 5 200 €
6 - 10 400 €
11 - 50 800 €
More than 49 1,000 €

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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 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.