September 13, 2018 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Vireo Srl has achieved the ‘GSTC-Accredited’ status. Achieving the GSTC-Accredited status means that a certification program is following processes and procedures that have been reviewed and approved by the GSTC Accreditation Panel and by ASI (Accreditation Services International), GSTC’s partner in managing the accreditation process, in order to provide an independent and trustworthy qualification of the GSTC-Accredited certification body.
Businesses and Destinations certified by a GSTC-Accredited certification program can also use the GSTC language and logo when they meet all GSTC Criteria. The purpose of the GSTC programs is to reward genuine practitioners of sustainable tourism, which in turn builds confidence and credibility with consumers.
Vireo Srl is a certification body whose commercial activities consist of providing Italian and foreign companies with environmental certification services. Vireo began in 2006 providing FSC® and PEFCTM certifications. Since 2011 Vireo has expanded its services providing also MSC, ASC, CTS, ISO 9001 and 14001. In 2017 Vireo has decided to continue its own process of growth applying for the GSTC accreditation.
“We welcome Vireo among the selected group of certifications that meet the highest standards. Vireo is the first certification body based in Italy to reach the GSTC Accredited status, and I wish to congratulate them for being a leader standing out among other programmes,” says Luigi Cabrini, GSTC Chair.
“We believe GSTC is a very credible scheme that has a huge potential. We are extremely satisfied and ready for working with sustainable organizations that want to show their real commitment,” says Luigi Mazzaglia, CEO of Vireo.
Following the achieved GSTC-accredited status, Vireo Srl will hold a workshop next month titled “GSTC certification: how to prove sustainability in the tourism sector” to promote the use of the GSTC Criteria by hotels in Italy. The event will take place on October 2nd in Sesto, Bolzano, Itay, in collaboration with the Berghotel, which is the first Italian hotel certified by Vireo Srl according to the GSTC Criteria. For more information visit https://www.vireosrl.it/
To date, 5 accommodation programs, 6 tour-operator programs, and 2 destination programs have achieved GSTC-Accredited status. The completion of these step-wise programs rewards certification bodies for their commitment to sustainability while offering the market benefit of proof that their certification process is credible and adhere to international norms.
GSTC-Recognized standard owners are encouraged to join the leading GSTC-Accredited programs (accommodations, tour-