The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is an independent organization established in 2007 by UNEP, the United Nations Environment Program, and UNWTO, the United Nations World Tourism Organization, for promoting the increased knowledge, understanding and adoption of sustainable tourism practices.
With GSTC certification, destinations can demonstrate their commitment to sustainable tourism through a credible and internationally recognized brand.
Obtaining GSTC certification is the most prestigious achievement for tourist destinations that make sustainability a fundamental element of their offer.

The GSTC criteria are recognized worldwide and are developed around four fundamental concepts:

  • Sustainable Management (Governance)
  • Socio-economic sustainability
  • Cultural sustainability
  • Environmental sustainability

The GSTC mark is obtained through the Vireo certification service. Vireo is a GSTC accredited certification body. This means that the certification service is carried out and managed according to the accreditation standard, which defines methods, procedures and timing for verification audits, ensuring the independence and credibility of the entire system.


In October 2021 Vireo opened operational headquarters in the Autonomous Province of Bolzano dedicated to GSTC Certification.


The GSTC certification aims to promote the concept of sustainability in the tourism sector in a practical and comprehensive way, through the implementation of basic principles and requirements which reduce the impact on the environment, highlight the local cultural heritage and optimize social and economic benefits for local communities.
When the destination is ready to carry out the verification, Vireo schedules a first certification audit (Main Assessment). In this phase, the requirements of the GSTC standard applicable to the destination are verified and, if the verification is successful, the certificate is issued a few days after the verification.
he GSTC certificate has a duration of 3 years.
GSTC certified destinations can promote their status by using the GSTC logo on their website and promotional materials, distinguishing themselves and publicizing their commitment to implementing a sustainable asset management system
Vireo is a young and dynamic certification body, able to manage any type of certification thanks to a wealth of experience and knowledge of the standards, as well as the competence and professionalism of its auditors. Companies choose us because our service is flexible, attentive and customer-focussed.FAQ



This document contains the Criteria and Outcome Indicators developed by the GSTC for destinations.


This document contains the Criteria and Outcome Indicators developed by the GSTC for the hotel sector.


This document contains the Criteria and Outcome Indicators developed by the GSTC for tour operators.


This procedure describes how to report and resolve disputes and conflicts.


Document describing the main features of GSTC certification and its certification process


This procedure describes Vireo’s policy of impartiality.


Development of an innovative Sustainability Performance Manager (SPM) software


Full list of GSTC certificates issued by Vireo

On this page you can find the complete list of GSTC certificates issued by Vireo.
For each certificate are specified: the type (Hotel, Tour Operator, Destination), the code, the issue and expiry date, and the status.

Reference Standards
Hotel:GSTC Hotel Criteria, Version 3
Tour Operator:GSTC Tour Operator Criteria, Version 3
Destination: GSTC Destination Criteria, Version 2.0

Certified CompanyCertification TypeCertification CodeIssue DateExpire DateStatusCityCountryCertificate
Comune di SienaDestinationGSTC DVR23010223/02/202322/02/2026ValidSiena (SI)ItalyGSTC certificate Comune di Siena
Hotel UnionHotelGSTC HAVR1910128/09/202227/09/2025ValidDobbiaco (BZ)ItalyGSTC certificate Hotel Union
Westmed SrlTour OperatorGSTC TOVR18010220/12/201803/11/2021Terminated 03/11/2021Genova (GE)Italy
Cascina FacelliHotelGSTC HAVR20010112/10/202013/09/2021Terminated 13/09/2021Bossolasco (CN)Italy
Hotel LeitlhofHotelGSTC HAVR19010209/04/201920/09/2021Terminated 20/09/2021San Candido (BZ)Italy
BerghotelHotelGSTC HAVR18010102/10/202101/10/2024ValidSesto (BZ)ItalyGSTC certificate Berghotel
Camping Enzo Stella MarisHotelGSTC HAVR22010803/08/202202/08/2025ValidCavallino-Treporti (VE)ItalyGSTC certificate Camping Enzo Stella Maris
Consorzio di Promozione Turistica del Tarvisiano, di Sella Nevea e del Passo Pramollo Soc Cons ArlDestinationGSTC DVR21010106/05/202105/05/2024ValidTarvisio (UD)ItalyGSTC certificate Consorzio di Promozione Tur
Cooperativa Turistica San Vigilio & San MartinDestinationGSTC DVR21010430/08/202129/08/2024ValidMarebbe (BZ)ItalyGSTC certificate Cooperativa Turistica San Vigilio & San Martin
Hotel BenacusHotelGSTC HAVR22010608/11/202207/11/2025ValidMalcesine (VR)ItalyGSTC certificate Hotel Benacus
Alta BadiaDestinationGSTC DVR22010209/08/202208/08/2025ValidLa Villa (BZ)ItalyGSTC certificate Alta Badia
Erga SrlTour OperatorGSTC TOVR19010116/07/202216/07/2025ValidSiracusa (SR)ItalyGSTC certificate Erga Srl
Excelsior Dolomites Life ResortHotelGSTC HAVR21010530/08/202129/08/2024ValidSan Vigilio di Marebbe (BZ)ItalyGSTC certificate Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort
Garni Hotel Diamant ***SHotelGSTC HAVR21010707/10/202106/10/2024ValidSan Vigilio di Marebbe (BZ)ItalyGSTC certificate Garni Hotel Diamant
Aqva Boutique HotelHotelGSTC HAVR22010707/12/202206/12/2025ValidSirmione (BS)ItalyGSTC certificate Aqva Boutique Hotel
Hotel i Dammusi di Borgo Cala CretaHotelGSTC HAVR21010907/12/202106/12/2024ValidLampedusa (AG)ItalyGSTC certificate Hotel i Dammusi di Borgo Cala Creta
Hotel PföslHotelGSTC HAVR22010215/06/202214/06/2025ValidNova Ponente (BZ)ItalyGSTC certificate Hotel Pfösl
Centara Hotels & ResortsHotelGSTC HAVR22011014/12/202213/12/2025ValidBangkokThailandGSTC certificate Centara Hotels & Resorts
Villa PetrioloHotelGSTC HAVR22010512/10/202211/10/2025ValidCerreto Guidi (FI)ItalyGSTC certificate Villa Petriolo
Hotel WeihrerhofHotelGSTC HAVR22010126/01/202225/01/2025ValidRenon (BZ)ItalyGSTC certificate Hotel Weihrerhof Srl
Il Borgo di Villa CellaiaHotelGSTC HAVR21010228/01/202127/01/2024ValidDicomano (FI)ItalyGSTC certificate Il Borgo di Villa Cellaia
Les Gomines B&BHotelGSTC HAVR21010630/08/202129/08/2024ValidSan Vigilio di Marebbe (BZ)ItalyGSTC certificate Les Gomines B&B
Nassfeld-Pressegger See, Lesachtal and WeißenseeDestinationGSTC DVR21010302/08/202101/08/2024ValidHermagorAustriaGSTC certificate Nassfeld - Pressegger See - Lesachtal - Weissensee
Resorts World at Sentosa Pte. LtdDestinationGSTC DVR21010205/07/202104/07/2024ValidSingaporeSingaporeGSTC certificate Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd (dest)
Resorts World at Sentosa Pte. LtdHotelGSTC HAVR21010417/07/202116/07/2024ValidSingaporeSingaporeGSTC certificate Resorts World at Sentosa Pte. Ltd
Sentosa Development CorporationDestinationGSTC DVR22010115/07/202214/07/2025ValidSingaporeSingaporeGSTC certificate Sentosa Development Corporation
Hotel Villa MalaspinaHotelGSTC HAVR22011123/12/202222/12/2025ValidCastel D’Azzano (VR)ItalyGSTC certificate Hotel Villa Malaspina
The Barefoot Eco HotelHotelGSTC HAVR21010118/01/202117/01/2024ValidHanimaadhooMaldivesGSTC certificate The Barefoot Eco Hotel
Hotel IdealHotelGSTC HAVR22010417/11/202216/11/2025ValidSirmione (BS)ItalyGSTC certificate Hotel Ideal
Valsugana AZIENDA PER IL TURISMO VALSUGANA SOC. COP.DestinationGSTC DVR19010124/06/202223/06/2025ValidLevico Terme (TN)ItalyGSTC certificate Valsugana
Villa LoviHotelGSTC HAVR21010826/11/202125/11/2024ValidBassano del Grappa (VI)ItalyGSTC certificate Villa Lovi
VOIHotels SpaHotelGSTC HAVR21010324/06/202123/06/2024ValidRoma (RM)ItalyGSTC certificate VOIHotels Spa
Ways SBTour OperatorGSTC TOVR21010203/06/202102/06/2024ValidVerona (VR)ItalyGSTC certificate Ways SB
Yayasan Sabah (Imbak Canyon Conservation Area)HotelGSTC HAVR22010907/12/202206/12/2025ValidKota Kinabalu, SabahMalaysiaGSTC certificate Yayasan Sabah (Imbak Canyon Conservation Area)
Yayasan Sabah (Maliau Basin Conservation Area)HotelGSTC HAVR22010316/06/202215/06/2025ValidKota Kinabalu
GSTC certificate Yayasan Sabah (Maliau Basin Conservation Area)
Applicon Tours d.o.o.Tour OperatorGSTC TOVR21010102/03/202119/07/2022Withdrawn 19/07/2022DubrovnikCroatia
Meet and Greet SrlTour OperatorGSTC TOVR20010112/11/202027/07/2022Withdrawn 27/07/2022Roma (RM)Italy
Antica Locanda al CervoHotelGSTC HAVR23010116/02/202315/02/2026ValidSan Genesio (BZ)ItalyGSTC certificate Antica Locanda al Cervo
Hotel De' Capuleti SrlHotelGSTC HAVR23010204/03/202303/03/2026ValidVerona (VR)ItalyGSTC certificate Hotel De' Capuleti Srl
Dolomites Val GardenaDestinationGSTC DVR23010308/03/202307/03/2026ValidSanta Cristina (BZ)ItalyGSTC certificate Dolomites Val Gardena
Republic of SingaporeDestinationGSTC DVR23010124/01/202323/01/2023ValidSingaporeSingaporeGSTC certificate Republic of Singapore
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