About Us

Sustainable Travel Ireland, formerly Ecotourism Ireland, is Ireland’s leading and longest-running body for the promotion of sustainable and responsible tourism. We have been training and certifying businesses since 2009! Our internationally recognised certification standard is the only set of criteria used in Ireland that are recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

Sustainable Travel Ireland is a profit-for-purpose company. Our purpose is simple! We want to transform the Irish tourism industry into one that respects and protects the environment, but also supports local communities and makes better places for people to live and work in.

We pledge that 75% of our profits will go back into our company to help more tourism companies become sustainable and contribute to our mission.


How are we globally recognised?

The GSTC is a United Nations-initiated programme which sets the global baseline standards for sustainable travel and tourism. The GSTC has recognised Sustainable Travel Ireland’s criteria as being in line with their conditions.

What is Sustainable Tourism?

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation defines Sustainable Tourism as “Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities”.

What do we offer?

Sustainable Travel Ireland offers Membership, Training and Certification to tourism businesses throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. We also offer consulting services for destinations, government bodies, and NGOs

Our training and certification benefits all tourism businesses, regardless of size, whether they’re a hotel, attraction, activity centre, tour operator or restaurant.

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