Frequently Asked Questions
How much time does it take to prepare for a Green Tourism Assessment?
It depends on your primary goal for undertaking an assessment. Most of our members are seeking a benchmark, advice and roadmap for future improvements, while gaining recognition for where they’re doing well. If this is you, we suggest that you read through the Getting Started Guide and Criteria Checklist, and spend at least a couple of hours thinking about where you’re awesome, where you have opportunities, and how you will answer questions during your assessment.
Some of our customers are real keeners, and are striving for perfection to ensure the very highest score possible. If this is you, it could take a little longer, but don’t overthink it! The assessors are not the “Green Police” and are here to help and support you to take your green efforts to the next level.
How much does an assessment cost?
Prices vary depending on the size of your business. See our pricing page for more information.
How long does an assessment take?
Depending on the size of your businesses, assessments can take from two hours for a very small business, up to four hours for a large business.
What types of businesses have been assessed in the past?
Green Tourism has assessed all types of businesses, including hotels, campgrounds, wineries, distilleries, tour operators, tourist attractions and more. For a full listing of certified operators in Canada, click here. Internationally, there are over 2,300 business certified through the program.
What are the criteria based upon and are you accredited by any international organizations?
The criteria are aligned with ISO 14001 and exceed the Global Sustainable Tourism Council Criteria, as we also cover indirect impacts such as travel and transport, in addition to taking a holistic approach to sustainability covering categories from management to cultural and heritage practices to waste, water, and energy.
Green Tourism is validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) which uses criteria similar to the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC).
You have been recognized as the world’s most credible sustainability certification program for the tourism industry. Can you provide more information about this?
Green Tourism program has been recognized by Totem Tourism as the most credible sustainability certification program for the tourism industry, in a comparison to 143 different green tourism certification programs around the world. A link to the report can be found here. We have a copy of the report in our office if you wish to see further details and do not want to purchase the report from Totem Tourism.