Travel for Tomorrow

We promote responsible tourism so that future generations can also enjoy and discover our planet. No matter whether you are a company, a destination or a traveler – we provide orientation.

For Destinations

Protect the environment and conserve resources

Protect natural attractions and jointly gain strength in your destination

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For Companies

Recognise potentials for improvements and savings

Do your business with an orientation to the future and gain competitive advantages

Improve your competence, transparency, and customer loyalty

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For Globetrotters

Enjoy authentic experiences and untouched nature

Find your perfect holiday with members of the TourCert Community

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Sustainable Tourism

Sustainability is omnipresent in our current economy. From reduced resource consumption and thus cost savings, greater customer and employee satisfaction to image improvement and efficient management – there are many reasons to develop sustainability in a business. With TourCert you will be accompanied to a responsible and ecological management.

All tourism stakeholders, from tour operators and destinations to travellers, should be involved in the process. In practice, this also means giving tips for respectful treatment of nature, local culture and population, making use of local offers, focusing on environmentally friendly mobility, reducing transport distances and involving and informing all local partners in the process.

Let your employees actively participate in your sustainability process and train them so that they themselves can become ambassadors of sustainable travel and promote the development of soft tourism. Motivate your employees to develop themselves and pass on their knowledge about sustainable development to travellers.

TourCert supports you on the way of more corporate responsibility – from consulting, seminars and self-assessment tools to integrated certification – and develops an individual master plan for the implementation. Identify the potentials of your company or your destination with us and take partners and travellers on the way to sustainability by the hand.

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Best Practice

Together strong in Cuenca

Martin Balaš provides an insight into the process of becoming the first TourCert certified sustainable destination in Latin America.

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Foundation of the Excellence Initiative Sustainable Travel Destinations

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That’s important to us


Sustainability as a passion - we not only advise on responsible business practices, we practice this in our everyday lives. We are a non-profit company and place high demands on ourselves. Thanks to our transparent criteria and holistic approach, tourism companies can integrate sustainability into their corporate structure on a long-term basis.


Our system can be adapted to any tourism company and is always accompanied by intensive assistance and support during certification. Those interested in travelling will also find information for a more conscious holiday and will be sensitised to how they can make a positive contribution to all those involved with their holiday.


In our broad network of partners and members of the TourCert Community, we bring together all relevant players in the tourism industry, including tour operators, hotels and entire destinations. The members benefit from the advantages, events and know-how and pursue a common goal with us: to make travel sustainable, socially and environmentally compatible.


Whether fair, green or gentle travel - we offer an understandable definition and examples for the implementation of sustainability in tourism. With this knowledge all participants can be engaged and independently contribute to responsible travel. By linking ecological, social and economic goals, we enable alternative travel offers.


For us, sustainability means quality. This applies both to us and to our certified tourism companies. TourCert unites specialists from tourism, science, environment, development and politics. With over 10 years of experience, we are experts in professional consulting and have developed a whole range of reliable standards for certification.


Collaborative Online Audit System

With our project "Collaborative Online Audit System", we are dedicating ourselves since December 2019 to the development of an industry-wide uniform standard for audits, validated on the basis of international guidelines, in order to make the impacts of certified companies in tourism verifiable and comparable.

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Transforming Tourism

Becoming sustainable is not easy. It requires not only new methods, but a new way of thinking. A fundamental tourism turnaround. This transformation of tourism can only succeed with the cooperation of all stakeholders involved. The collaborative and committed work towards the tourism turnaround is the basis for this project.

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Excellence Initiative Sustainable Destinations

Sustainable tourism involves much more than just the conservation of resources. The Excellence Initiative Sustainable Destinations consists of destinations that pursue the goal of sustainable development and together shape the tourism of tomorrow.

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Completed Projects

Our projects are very diverse and usually last several years. But they also have an end – at least on paper, because we carry on the achievements and developments from the project even after the end of the project. Here we show you which projects we have already successfully completed.

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Tourism Excellence Uganda

In order to strengthen the local tourism structures in Uganda and to preserve natural resources and cultural heritage, sustainable tourism development is needed. Together with our partners in the Tourism Excellence Uganda project, we would like to promote this development.

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Turismo Comunitario

Working together for economic independence: With the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), we support local communities and their tourism initiatives in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia.

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TourCert Latina

Local Value Added in Latin America: With the support of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), we are working consistently to support people in Latin America with sustainable tourism and to give them better future opportunities through empowerment.

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Qualification in Ecuador

Qualification of specialists in Ecuador in the field of sustainability: in order to make the travel industry sustainable in the long term, it is necessary to sensitise, impart knowledge and strengthen the tourism players involved.

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TourCert Danube

The Danube Region takes off: The project TourCert Danube includes a comprehensive plan of action to accompany tourism enterprises in the beautiful region along the Danube on their path to more sustainable tourism products and services and to build up a network for further development.

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fairwärts – the contest for sustainable travel – entered its third round from November 2019 to February 2020. The contest focuses on innovative, sustainable travel products and the three topic: biodiversity, sustainable servicechain and fair encounters. We are looking for innovative ideas that ensure the future of our planet.

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Our Partners

Logo ServiceQualität Deutschland, Partner im Nachhaltigen Tourismus und TourCert Check
Logo myclimate Partner für Klimaschutz und Kompensation
Logo BTE Tourismus- und Regionalberatung
Logo Stiftung Kinderblick (Kinderschutz Hotellerie und Tourismus)
Logo Futour Umwelt-, Tourismus- und Regionalentwicklung
Logo Ecpat End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography & Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes

"Plan for the future, because that's where you'll spend the rest of your life."

Mark Twain

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