Tourism Sustainability

The future of tourism depends on actions that propose a more sustainable development model for companies and tourist destinations.

Why sustainability in tourism is important?

Choice of Tourists

Tourists increasingly choose companies and destinations that promote and undertake sustainable practices

Profitability and Notoriety

It is the best way to ensure benefits for everyone: residents, tourists and investors

All Benefit

Increases profitability and awareness of companies and tourist destinations

Preservation of Resources

Ensures that resources - natural and cultural - are preserved for the next generations

Our methodology

To achieve the true sustainability of companies and tourist destinations, must be planned and implemented a strategy that presents an integrated vision, with added value for the economy, society, culture and the environment.

IPDT is member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council since 2020. The GSTC is the highest body in defining and managing global standards for sustainable tourism: Criteria GSTC. It is also responsible for the accreditation of entities for the certification of companies and tourist destinations in terms of sustainability.

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Economic Sustainability

Streamline production and local businesses, increase company revenues and generate real value for the community.

Social Sustainability

To generate employment in tourism, to increase wages, to promote the qualification of human resources and to design a more inclusive tourist activity.

Environmental Sustainability

Reduce environmental impacts, preserve natural resources and ecosystems, encourage reuse and recycling and raise awareness and educate new generations.

Cultural Sustainability

Preserving the community’s values ​​and traditions, valuing people’s knowledge, increasing the awareness of cultural elements and encouraging participation in activities.

How we can help

Sustainability Certification

IPDT assists the entire sustainability certification process for companies and tourist destinations, according to internationally recognized standards by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Action Plan for Sustainable Tourism

Involving all players, IPDT designs a sustainable development pattern, in accordance with the strategic objectives. The Action Plan provides the instructions to implement the measures that address sustainability in four key areas: economy, society, culture and environment.

Management of Seasonality

In order to reduce the seasonality of businesses and tourism destinations, IPDT analyzes touristic products and markets, in order to understand their predisposition to purchase; and proposes a model for optimizing supply and attracting more tourists out of high season

Education and Awareness for Sustainability

Making business and destinations more sustainable is a cross-cutting challenge for all generations. IPDT promotes awareness actions for the adoption of more sustainable practices in tourism, for the agents of the sector and residents. Committed to a vision of the future, IPDT also works with school communities, implementing educational actions in the field of sustainability and the importance of tourism for the society.


Azores, sustainable tourist destination

IPDT assisted the entire certification process in the Azores, as the first Archipelago in the World, recognized by the GSTC as a sustainable tourist destination. 

Some of the activities developed by IPDT:

  • Support for the constitution of Azores DMO   
  • Development of the sustainability policy   
  • Organization of benchmarking dossiers   
  • Development of the Action Plan for Sustainability   
  • Development of Risk Assessment   
  • Constitution and promotion of Green Teams   
  • Technical monitoring of EarthCheck’s external audit   
  • Development of the Sustainable Azores website   
  • Video production – Towards Sustainability

Azores - towards sustainability

The Azores certification process was assisted by IPDT