World Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

World Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

The World Sustainable Hospitality Alliance brings together engaged hospitality companies and the wider hospitality value chain, along with strategic partners, to address key challenges affecting the planet, people and places around the world.

Through their strategic initiatives and global networks, they develop practical programmes and resources to create a prosperous and responsible hospitality sector that gives back to the destination more than it takes.

Their members represent over 50,000 hotels spanning 270 brands – totalling over 7 million rooms – and include world-leading companies including Accor, Choice Hotels International, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International, and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, as well as regional brands. Their network also includes other parts of the hospitality value chain, including owners, investors, suppliers, and other partners to further drive joined up action on sustainability, and accelerate the industry on the path to Net Positive Hospitality.

Belize Official Host Destination


The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is a statutory body within the Belize Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, and it is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation. The BTB works in conjunction with members of the private sector - including the Belize Hotel Association, Belize Tourism Industry Association, and Belize National Tour Operators Association - and is dedicated to building tourism in the most economically and environmentally sustainable manner. As a part of its responsibilities, the BTB promotes Belize as a premier tourism destination for both in-country and international consumers. Among its outreach to the international travel market, the BTB markets the country's unique attractions to travellers, members of the travel trade industry, and media outlets in key markets. The BTB is also dedicated to developing and implementing tourism programs that will help strengthen and grow the Belizean tourism industry; promote good destination stewardship; and instil high-quality standards for accommodations and travel experiences.

Biosphere Event Partner


Biosphere is the international sustainability management, recognition and certification system of the 17 SDGs and 169 targets of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. With indicators developed jointly with UN-SDSN, the methodology is aligned with the only worldwide 4 summits sponsored by UNESCO and UNWTO during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism, and that allows connecting DMOs, business fabric and tourists in real time, for the enhancement of the sustainable practices implemented. A pioneer in the sector and recognized as the best sustainability management and certification tool in the world, Biosphere has presence in more than 77 countries, with more than 4.400 member companies and more than 30M tourists visiting Biosphere companies and destinations annually. The BIOSPHERE© certification is granted by the Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI), an independent organisation created in 1995 with the aim of promoting sustainable development actions and programs in destinations and companies. With more than 25 years of experience, the RTI was created with the support of UNESCO through a Memorandum of Understanding that has made possible the development of activities, projects and cooperation events between both organisations.

NOVA School of Business & Economics Research Partner

NOVA School of Business & Economics

Ranked by the Financial Times as a Top 30 European Business School, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa was founded in 1973, and is the youngest of Lisbon’s three state Universities. Since its inception, NOVA has aimed to innovate higher education and to contribute to Portugal's social and economic development. The university is committed to participating in the positive transformation of our world through excellence in teaching and research. A decentralised university, NOVA’s Faculties and Institutes enjoy a great deal of autonomy. Currently it has more than 20,000 enrolled students and 1,800 teachers and researchers.


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