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Specialists in Eco-certification and Standards Development

STEP certification and the assessment process is driving commitments deeper into our operations that benefit the natural environment; the health and safety of our employees and guests; and the surrounding community—a true measurement of the sustainability of our business.  We continue to look toward STI as a leader of sustainable travel and tourism solutions, and we have even had STI educate our Executive team and CEO about vital issues surrounding important issues.”

—Julie Klein, Director of Environmental Affairs for RockResorts and Vail Resorts Inc.


Whether you’re new to sustainability or looking for an endorsement from a trusted organization, Sustainable Travel International can help.  We have been at the forefront of the sustainable tourism certification movement since 2002. We offer solutions for businesses of all sizes in all sectors, and we are committed to offering the best value available. 

All of our standards are aligned with the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and have been developed transparently in collaboration with the travel and tourism industry. For an up-to-date list of businesses participating in STI's Eco-certification programs, click here. For more information on program offerings, click on the links below:

The gold standard for accommodations, attractions, tour operators and transportation services

Designed for tour operators serving the cruise lines and scuba diving operators

The only sustainable tourism standard specifically designed for luxury accommodations


Sustainable Tourism Education Program™ (STEP)
Created by Sustainable Travel International to conserve the travel industry's vital assets, the Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP) helps businesses and destinations implement sustainable solutions for long-term success. STEP is designed to address all aspects of tourism operations, but is particularly focused on improving business systems, greening workplace practices and cultivating strong relationships with the community.

Shore Excursions and Dive Center Standard
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) has made a public commitment to have over half of its shore excursions third-party verified to a recognized international sustainability standard by 2015. STI has committed to helping RCL attain its goal through the roll-out and launch of the STEP - Shore Excursions Standard.

This Standard is based on the Ocean Conservation and Tourism Alliance's Principles, Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Marine-based Tours and is aligned with the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria. Click here to learn more.

This section also contains the STEP Dive Center Standard

Luxury Eco Certification Standard
The Luxury Eco Certification Standard (LECS) is the world's only voluntary, global sustainable tourism certification program offered by a non-profit organization that is specific to the luxury accommodation sector.

LECS is a comprehensive standard that takes into consideration the specific needs and challenges of operating a new or existing luxury hotel. Click here to learn more.

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