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In November 2017 TIA launched the industry-led New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment. It aims to see every New Zealand tourism business committed to sustainability by 2025 - our Vision is Leading the World in Sustainable Tourism. 

To deliver on this, we must achieve ambitious economic goals while sharing the overwhelming benefits with supportive host communities, contributing to restoring, protecting and enhancing our natural environment, and continuing to be a high quality destination of choice for domestic and international travellers. 

Visit to find out more about this important initiative, how you can become involved (it is simple and free to sign up to the Commitment), plus tools, case studies and news to help you achieve the Commitment goals.


A commitment to sustainability can bring many benefits to individual operators, including financial savings, a marketing edge over the competition, an advantage in attracting and retaining staff and the support of your local community.

Travellers can make holiday choices with sustainability in mind – from the destinations they visit to the products they try while they are here. Research shows many international visitors expect operators to take actions to reduce their impact on the environment.


  • Energy Management Journey Tool

    A self-assessment system which allows businesses to rate themselves in six key areas and then compares results against other businesses. It also tells you which areas of your energy use to focus on, recommends actions, estimated savings potential, and how to develop a business’s energy management plan.

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  • Toitū Envirocare

    Environmental responsibility is great for business. Toitū Envirocare helps businesses realise efficiencies, reduce their carbon footprint, and contribute to our sustainable future.

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  • Ministry for the Environment

    Useful information on the environment, including reducing greenhouse emissions, the Resource Management Act and freshwater reforms. MFE’s website also has information on various funds to improve environmental performance, such as the Waste Minimisation Fund and environmental awards.

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  • Pure Advantage

    Comprised of business leaders who believe the private sector has an important role to play in creating a greener, wealthier New Zealand, Pure Advantage is a not-for-profit organisation that investigates and promotes opportunities for green growth.

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  • Qualmark

    Qualmark is New Zealand tourism’s official quality assurance organisation, providing a trusted guide to iconic travel experiences. Owned and operated by Tourism New Zealand and backed by leading industry organisations, it provides a grading system for accommodation providers and a quality endorsement programme for visitor activities, service and transport provides, and an official mark of quality.

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  • Sustainable Business Council

    Guides on how to make your business more sustainable, including procurement, energy efficiency, climate change, zero waste and successful business and school partnerships.

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  • Sustainable Business Network

    A forum for businesses that are interested in sustainable development practice.

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