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  • Victoria

    Victoria is a Biosphere Destination

      Victoria, British Columbia has earned the prestigious distinction of becoming the first urban destination in the United States or Canada to earn biosphere certification. The biosphere certification by the Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI) recognizes destinations for their commitment to principles of environmental sustainability, cultural diversity, and social responsibility. The value of certification is tremendous as travellers and meeting planners are increasingly considering factors like local quality of life, environmental impacts, and how a destination, its DMO and its tourism…

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    Oak Bay Beach is Biosphere Certified

      The Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Victoria has achieved the Responsible Tourism Institute’s Biosphere certification which aligns with 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations in areas that include climate change, environment, social, economy and culture. The hotel joins only two other Biosphere Certified accommodations in British Columbia. “The Oak Bay Beach Hotel has long been committed to sustainability, which was incorporated into many of the design elements when the hotel reopened in 2012,” says Madone Pelan, general…

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