EarthCheck was developed in 1997 as an initiative of Australian Government to establish a scientific and strategic research organization for tourism. Known as The Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre, the organization was directed by the principles of Agenda 21, from the Rio Earth Summit, and helped communities and governments to enhance their tourism initiatives in terms of environmental, economic and social sustainability.

EarthCheck is the leading benchmarking, certification and environmental management program used by the travel and tourism industry and for over a decade has been collecting data relating to the operational performance of more than 1300 travel and tourism organizations in over 84 countries. This has enabled EarthCheck clients to competitively benchmark the efficiency of their operations against internationally compliant standards of Best Practice.

EarthCheck recognises helps operators to monitor, measure and manage their environmental, social and economic impacts in more than 39 sectors in the travel and tourism industry. This includes the reporting of Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG) and consumption of natural resources.

Certified and Assessed Programs to organizations aren’t for free. The organization requests an annual fee for their work, but the benefits worth it. Other programs like The EarthCheck Sustainable Communities Program and The EarthCheck Building & Precinct-Planning and Design Standards helps communities achieve sustainability in the areas of environment, social, economic benefits and place a monetary value on preserving heritage, rescuing culture and conserving the natural wonders of tourism destinations; assist local governments and developers in the planning and design of precincts, buildings and the associated infrastructure.

During the years, the organization became one of the world’s largest certifiers of sustainable travel and tourism operators and is trusted by market leaders such as InterContinental Hotels Group, Taj Hotels, Sandals, Langham Hospitality Group, Banyan Tree, and  ACCOR.

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