View of a lake surrounded by rocky mountains

Destination certifications and indexes

Intrigued about destination certification? See examples of programs and participants in Canada.

Biosphere Sustainable Certification

Biosphere Tourism logo

To obtain the certification, destinations must be committed to continuous improvement guided by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.


Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI)

EarthCheck Certification

EarthCheck logo

The destination is benchmarked against sustainability indicators. A sustainability management system will be created. After implementation, EarthCheck auditors will visit the destination to evaluate its performance against the EarthCheck Certified Standard. The certification will be awarded if the requirements are met.



Global Destination Sustainability Index

Global Destination Sustainability Index logo

The index ranks global destinations based on their sustainability performance and works as a benchmarking and performance improvement program. EarthCheck facilitates the process via in-depth measurement and third-party verification of the destinations.


Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Movement

GreenStep Sustainable Tourism Certification

GreenStep logo

To obtain the certification, the destination must become a member and be assessed. They will receive a report and a sustainability action plan. If, in the follow-up call, they have met the minimum score required, they become a certified destination.


GreenStep Solutions

Green Destinations Certification

Green Destinations logo

This certification is a GSTC-Accredited program for destinations that aim for full adherence to the Green Destinations Standard guidelines. The audit is rigorous involving broad stakeholder consultation to verify compliance, and all compliance should be fully supported by evidence.


Green Destinations Standards Committee