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Travel responsibly!

Are you looking for a hotel that’s recognized for its sustainability practices?
For contributing to the well-being of local communities?
For supporting cultural heritage?
For sound environmental management?

Transat shares your values. That’s why we feature a range of hotels that are certified by Biosphere Responsible Tourism, Certification for Sustainable Tourism, EarthCheck, Green Globe, Rainforest Alliance and Travelife.

These certification programs all use the baseline criteria of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the worldwide benchmark for sustainable tourism.

We also support the efforts of hoteliers that have received Blue Flag certification, which attests to sustainable management of beaches and marinas.

You can find certified hotels by searching by destination.

Certifications for hotels

Biosphere Responsible Tourism

The Biosphere certification system follows the principles of sustainable development: social and economic accountability, protection of cultural assets and environmental stewardship, tourist satisfaction and the betterment of host communities. Certification is managed by the Responsible Tourism Institute under the terms of a memorandum of understanding with UNESCO. Biosphere Responsible Tourism is the first certification body approved by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, which also recognizes the label “Biosphere Hotel".

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Certification for Sustainable Tourism

The Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program - CST - is a product of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT). The CST was designed to differentiate businesses of the tourism sector, based on the degree to which they comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management. CST is regulated by the Costa Rican National Accreditation Commission and consists of a scale of 5 "levels" of sustainable tourism achievement.

Green Globe

Green Globe is an international certification program for the travel and tourism industry. It is based on stringent criteria and encompasses sustainable development, economic and social issues, cultural heritage and the environment.

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Green Key

The Green Key Eco-Rating Program recognizes efforts by hotel establishments to improve their social and environmental management. Participants complete an online self-assessment questionnaire and may subsequently undergo on site inspection. In return, they are awarded a rating of 1 to 5 Green Keys and provided with guidance on how to reduce their green footprint.

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EarthCheck, managed and owned by EC3 Global, is an international environmental benchmarking and certification program designed specifically for the travel and tourism industry. The EarthCheck program is built on Agenda 21 principles and is now delivered in over 70 countries across the globe.

ISO 14001

The ISO 14001: 2004 standard was designed to guide any type of organization seeking to develop an environmental management system. This standard provides assurance that an organization’s environmental impact is being formally monitored with the aim of continuously improving resource use, waste treatment, supply-chain management, etc.

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Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods. The Rainforest Alliance offers training to tourism businesses -- including hotels and lodges -- that provides them with the tools and techniques they need to run efficiently and sustainably. Businesses that have completed our program earn the right to use the Rainforest Alliance Verified™ mark on promotional materials.


Travelife is an international label designed by and for the travel industry. This efficient certification system helps managers in the lodging sector measure and track their social and environmental performance. The certification process involves an online questionnaire as well as third-party auditing of establishments.

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Certification for beaches

Blue Flag

Blue Flag is an international sustainable management program for beaches and marinas. Some 3,800 sites in 46 countries have been awarded the Blue Flag eco-label after demonstrating their compliance with a set of criteria covering such aspects as environmental education to safety, accessibility, quality of facilities and maintenance, as well as water and waste management.

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See the grid below for more information on certified hotels by destination.

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Cancun from Toronto
September 10, 2016, Duration: 5
+ $393 tx. & fees
Cancun from Vancouver
September 11, 2016, Duration: 7
+ $386 tx. & fees
Cancun from Calgary
September 11, 2016, Duration: 7
+ $396 tx. & fees
Punta Cana from Montreal
September 9, 2016, Duration: 7
tx. & fees incl.