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Sustainability at bookitgreen

Our four pillars of sustainability

The sustainability of holiday accommodations on bookitgreen is based on four pillars.

These are a combination of already existing certificates in sustainable tourism, 15 sustainability criteria and the evaluation of the sustainability of accommodationa by guests. Particularly sustainable and selected holiday accommodations can also become part of the 'verified by bookitgreen' community.

1. Existing certificates in sustainable tourism

There are currently around 200 certificates worldwide that confirm the sustainability of holiday accommodation and are subject to regular reviews. Well-known certificates include the EU Ecolabel, the German organic seal, Viabono or Fairstay.

If a holiday accommodation has one of these certificates, it will be shown on bookitgreen. This will give guests a better idea of ​​the sustainability of the accommodation.

Here you can learn more about certificates in sustainable tourism.

2. The 15 sustainability criteria of bookitgreen

Every sustainable holiday accommodation must meet at least four of the 15 sustainability criteria of bookitgreen in order to be listed on bookitgreen. The sustainability criteria range from renewable energy to organic food to the avoidance of unnecessary waste. Further information and a specific presentation of our sustainability criteria can be found here.

Depending on how many sustainability criteria are met by an accommodation, it gets between one and five green leaves as a easy indicator on how sustainable the accommodation is.

The provided sustainability criteria are based on the statements of the accommodations themselves to the best of their knowledge and belief.

The compliance with the sustainability criteria by the hosts is therefore provided by bookitgreen without guarantee.

The common goal of making the world a little bit greener with every holiday unites us all, and that is why we firmly believe that the information provided by the hosts is factual and that any discrepancies are not intentional.

If you notice incorrect information, please contact us anytime at

3. Rating by guests

In addition to the classic evaluation criteria of an accommodation such as cleanliness, friendliness and location all guests have the opportunity to evaluate the sustainability of the accommodation after their vacation.

The main question is how closely the sustainability criteria given on bookitgreen correspond to reality.

We rely on the common interest to bring sustainability in tourism forward and are happy about every evaluation of our guests.

4. Verified by bookitgreen seal

Selected accommodations can be 'verified by bookitgreen'. In order to do so, they must meet at least 10 of our 15 sustainability criteria and be particularly committed to sustainability in tourism.

The sustainability of these accommodations is put to the test by bookitgreen and after successful verification, the accommodations becomes part of the 'verified by bookitgreen' community. For guests, these accommodations are always displayed at the top of the search results so they can be easily searched, found and booked.

You are host and want to become part of the 'verified by bookitgreen'-community?Further information can be found here.

If you questions, ideas or feedback, feel free to send an e-mail to or just chat with us.