Industry First Luxury Eco Certification Standard for Hoteliers Launched

May, 2009


Sustainable Travel International Helps Luxury Accommodations Discover a Deeper Shade of Green

Sustainable Travel International (STI), the global non-profit leader in providing sustainable travel solutions for the tourism industry and consumers, announces the launch of the Luxury Eco Certification Standard (LECS), the world's only voluntary, global sustainable tourism certification program designed specifically for the luxury accommodation sector.  LECS is a comprehensive standard that considers the needs and challenges of operating a new or existing luxury hotel while addressing environmental and social impacts to help to protect the destinations they serve.

LECS is a product of STI’s working knowledge of best practices in the luxury accommodation sector. Focusing on the Triple Bottom Line (people, planet and profit), LECS is aligned with impending global accreditation through the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.  LECS helps luxury hotels create and implement a measurement and management framework in their move toward sustainability.  The program is designed for newcomers and those who already have experience in sustainable business practices. 

The LECS Self-assessment Application consists of 100 environmental and social criteria for the hotels to meet in order to be eco-certified, addressing five areas of operations:  Policy and Documentation, Energy Conservation, Water Conservation, Recycling and Community. Upon completion of the LECS application, applicants will be required to undertake a third party assessment through Leading Quality Assurance, an auditing firm that specializes in providing quality assurance audits, benchmarking analysis and training services to the luxury hospitality industry.

“Becoming a LECS eco-certified hotel will be challenging and will require serious commitment,” explains STI Vice President and Co-founder, Peter D. Krahenbuhl.  “However, the standard provides education and guidance for developing a sustainability framework and operational activities. In return, implementing LECS will help hoteliers operate their facilities more efficiently and sustainably, which will likely reduce their long term operating costs, and create customer and employee good will.”

The cost to apply for LECS is $2995. This includes the Self-assessment Application, administration and processing fees, the fee for conducting a two day/one night assessment, and most auditor travel expenses, including all international air travel to and from the hotels, wherever they are located.

For more information on the certification process, visit or contact Peter D. Krahenbuhl (+ 1 800-276-7764 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              + 1 800-276-7764      end_of_the_skype_highlighting / + 1 503 488 5500 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              + 1 503 488 5500      end_of_the_skype_highlighting / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

About Sustainable Travel International (STI): STI ( is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote sustainable development through responsible travel by providing programs that help travelers, businesses and destinations protect the environment, preserve cultural heritage and promote economic development. STI is dedicated to providing tangible, solutions-oriented programs and to taking a holistic approach to addressing sustainable development within the travel and tourism industries.

About Leading Quality Assurance: Leading Quality Assurance (LQA) is an international company that provides quality assurance audits, benchmarking analysis and training services to the luxury sector of the hospitality and travel industry.  Through detailed reports and presentations it provides objective, practical, qualitative and quantitative analysis of recognized global luxury standards. Its mission is to continually focus on product innovation, balanced feedback and prompt delivery to ensure a mutually rewarding relationship with existing and future partners.  Currently working with more than 600 clients in 85 different countries, LQA has accumulated the most comprehensive benchmarking data available in the luxury travel sector.

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