Travel With Less Impact

Tourism businesses throughout the Thompson Okanagan region are committed to sustainable tourism through a variety of business practices. Visitors to our region can be confident that they are travelling with less impact when they choose businesses who have undertaken the green tourism certification program.
Green Tourism

The Thompson Okanagan is a Biosphere Certified Destination

The Thompson Okanagan is a Biosphere Certified DestinationIn 2016, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association initiated a worldwide search for an organization that could assist us in pursuing accreditation as a Sustainable Tourism Destination. Through a committee selection process, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association signed an agreement with Biosphere International and the Responsible Tourism Institute (Spain) and embarked on the process of Regional Sustainable Tourism Certification.

On November 2, 2017, the Thompson Okanagan Region was officially certified as the first destination in the Americas to have successfully achieved the Sustainable Tourism Destination accreditation from Biosphere International and the Responsible Tourism Institute.

We are committed to sustainable tourism in our region and are looking for continuous improvement through this process.

Comments and suggestions can be sent to the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and the Responsible Tourism Institute at the following addresses:  | quality@biospheretourism. com

Learn more about the Biosphere Certification Program.

Green Tourism Sustainability Certification

Green Tourism has been recognized as the world’s largest and most credible sustainability certification program for the tourism industry.

You can feel confident knowing that when you stay with or visit a Green Tourism Certified business, they have undertaken a rigorous assessment process based on international standards for sustainable tourism.

Green Tourism’s assessors spend several hours with each business, measuring their performance based on a robust set of criteria that covers the social, cultural, environmental and business practices of a tourism operator. Once graded, if a minimum score is attained, businesses receive a Bronze, Silver or Gold award.

Tourism businesses that seek this certification show a strong commitment to sustainable tourism and drive to make the world a better place.

Travelers can enjoy a more environmentally, culturally and socially responsible visit by supporting these businesses that have gone above and beyond to measure and improve their sustainability performance.
Green Tourism - Route 97

Green Tourism Members in the Thompson Okanagan

TOTA Visitor Centre - Route 97 Green Tourism Bronze certification

Thompson Okanagan Connector Visitor Centre – Bronze Certified

The Thompson Okanagan Connector Visitor Centre is located at the gateway to the Thompson Okanagan, on the Okanagan Connector, Highway 97C. We have a magnificent view of Okanagan Lake and a friendly rest area with plenty of daytime RV and bus parking. This Centre is the first stop after Merritt, a decision making setting for travellers visiting our region. The visitor centre is the first in the region to have undertaken the program for green practices and has recently been award a bronze certification.

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