Levels of Awards

Ecotourism Ireland Gold Level

These Ecotourism approved businesses are at the forefront of the industry. They are dedicated to sustainable and responsible tourism practises, creating unforgettable experiences for their customers while minimising negative impacts and maximising benefits to environments, communities and the economy.  They are striving to be environmentally innovative and socially responsible.  They will invest both time and money to maintain positive ecotourism practices.

These Ecotourism approved businesses have had an on-site assessment, which verified that they have received 85-100% of the available points.

Ecotourism Ireland Silver Level

These Ecotourism approved experiences are highly environmentally and socio-culturally responsible.  They are continuously working to better their operations, enhance their sustainable travel practices and provide more in-depth interpretation of the natural world.  The management of these products are knowledgeable about environmental/social issues related to their business, and they are working to become industry leaders.

These Ecotourism approved businesses have had an on-site assessment which verified that they have received 65-84% of the available points.

Ecotourism Ireland Bronze Level

These Ecotourism approved businesses are somewhat low-impact, and may incorporate a number of environmental and social issues in their operation. The product will provide at least basic interpretation for guests and make some business choices based on environmental and social responsibility. These businesses have taken considerable training in all practices and implemented environmental sustainable practices and ecotourism policies.