About us

We promote sustainable tourism around the world from all perspectives and sectors


The Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI) is an international organization that has promoted, for more than 20 years, responsible tourism at an international level, helping all stakeholders involved in the tourism sector to develop a new way of traveling and getting to know our Planet. Discover our origins.

For this, we have had the sponsorship and collaboration of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) through a memorandum of understanding since our inception. We are also a member of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and founding member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

We collaborate with various associations of entrepreneurs in the tourism sector, as well as with organizations, governmental and non-governmental, for the realization of tourist activities and projects -located both in developed countries and in developing countries- where the initiatives are carried out consistent with the principles of sustainable development.


Based on the principles and recommendations of the World Charter for Sustainable Tourism +20, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations and the guidelines of the Paris Agreement (COP21) for the fight against climate change, we promote sustainable tourism on different fronts:

Responsible Tourism System: Through the Responsible Tourism System (STR), the RTI promotes sustainability from a global and inclusive perspective, focusing on the measurement that the tourism sector can do to achieve sustainable and inclusive tourism. Thus, by obtaining the Biosphere certification, destinations, companies, media and tourists, opt for a unique methodology that pursues continuous improvement and the exchange of enriching and sustainable experiences. To read more, click here

Summits and Conferences: The RTI has extensive experience in the organization and development of congresses, seminars, and conferences related to tourism and sustainable development, both at a national and international level. Their purposes are to achieve specific objectives and actions, engaging the main stakeholders in the progress towards tourism sustainability. To read more, click here.

Training and Education: Through the Biosphere Campus, the RTI provides to tourism professionals or anyone interested in expanding their knowledge in tourism, a variety of courses aimed at training in the Biosphere methodology and raising awareness of the importance to apply sustainable development models in the tourism sector. To read more, click here.

Research and project development: Throughout more than 20 years of activity, the RTI has worked and participated in international projects for the creation of products, experiences and tourism brands as well as strategic, innovative and development plans in sustainable tourism, and studies of tourism sustainability indicators. To read more, click here.

International cooperation: The RTI maintains a series of collaborations with international organizations with the aim of promoting cooperation, within the framework of sustainability, for the development of destinations, their tourist industries, and citizens in emerging countries. To read more, click here.