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Tourism Vancouver Island (TVI) signed a letter of commitment to pursue the Responsible Tourism Institute’s Biosphere certification; an international designation that aligns with 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations. 

TVI joins three other regional destination management organizations (Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association, Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association and Northern BC Tourism Association) – who together with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) operate under the umbrella of the BC Regional Tourism Secretariat – to officially declare their application. If successful, they will join TOTA which is among only 34 destination management organizations in the world, and the only one in Canada, to achieve this status.

What is the Biosphere Certification?

Not to be confused with UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, this certification is based on established standards in areas that include climate change, environment, social, economy and culture – and guarantees compliance and continuous improvement through a private, voluntary and independent certification system – which is evaluated on an annual basis. The certification allows a region to demonstrate how they take sustainability seriously but also ensures they are accountable to make necessary and ongoing improvements. For information about the Biosphere certification, visit:

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