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Biosphere Responsible Tourism

The BIOSPHERE© certification is granted by the Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI), an independent body created in 1995 with the aim of promoting sustainable development actions and programs in tourist destinations and companies. The Biosphere system focuses on the development of certifications that guarantee an adequate long-term balance between the economic, socio-cultural and environmental dimensions of a destination, company or tourist product, reporting significant benefits for a tourism entity, society and the environment. BIOSPHERE is currently present in destinations, hotels, restaurants, zoos, active recreation centres, museum and golf courses in several European, Latin American and African countries.



BIOSPHERE was benchmarked against the GSTC:

BIOSPHERE is compliant with following hearts of the staygreencheck :



BIOSPHERE standard performed as the Greenest Choice, according to the staygreencheck methodology. All the accommodations BIOSPHERE will show the four hearts of sustainability.



The Biosphere Responsible Tourism certification program was the first to achieve GSTC Approval for both Hotel & Tour Operator and Destination certification standards. This outstanding accomplishment exemplifies ITR’s commitment to promote sustainable tourism products and services.

Biosphere is the tourism certification designed to help your hotel comply with international sustainability requirements. It positions sustainable hotels so that responsible tourists find them first. The certification also provides knowledge, success stories, consultancy and a certificate that guarantees that your hotel is green.


  • The certificate is valid for 3 years.
  • On site audits assessment is done by an independent auditor.
  • See Biosphere standards here
  • Do you want to know more about Biosphere Deal click here


Best practices

Los Cauquenes Resort + Spa + Experiences based in Ushuaia, Argentine pledges to minimize the impact of its operation on the environment through continuous improvement and by complying with environmental regulations and abiding by the principles of the World Charter for Sustainable Tourism.

Hotel Gran Rey

Located at Avda. Marítima, 1, 38870 Valle Gran Rey, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.

 The 3-star hotel, which opened in November 1996, has three floors and 99 rooms (55 with sea views, 44 overlooking the valley), including 8 superior rooms.  Quality and environmental Certificates: Biosphere Hotel. The Hotel Gran Rey is ideally situated on the seafront, just 30 metres across from the beach. Restaurants, bars, shops, various beaches and Valle Gran Rey harbour are all just a short walk away.


Nautilus Lanzarote

Located at Gramillo, 5, Puerto del Carmen, Spain.

Nautilus Lanzarote is a cozy apartment complex with 70 apartments of which 47 are adapted for persons with reduced mobility.  It’s an active partner of Biosphere Hotels since 2004, as well as part of Res Artis, a Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies. From the hotel you can easily walk to the nearby beaches or take a bike ride along the beachfront promenade.


City Express Plus Cali

 Located at Calle 35, 6N-06, Residencial Santa Monica, Cali, Colombia.

This hotel has 127 modern and spacious rooms. Certificates obtained in environmental design, efficiencies, and responsible tourism. City Express Cali is located a 5-minute walk from Chipichape Shopping Centre and 7 minutes from Acopi-Yumbo Industrial Zone. The Pacific Valley Events Centre is a 15-minute drive away.


Andante Hotel

Located at Avenida de les Drassanes, 23-25, Barcelona, Spain.

Andante Hotel is a 3* establishment, practical, modern and inexpensive, with 134 rooms over 10 floors. The hotel makes a commitment to guide its business towards a model of sustainable development. Right in the heart of Barcelona, a few minutes’ walk from Las Ramblas, Port Vell, the cruise terminals at the port, the Maremágnum leisure area and the Para.



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