Sustainability at Zürich Tourism

Zürich Tourism actively promotes ecological, economic and social sustainability and has been leading by example since 1998.

Zürich Tourism’s efforts in the sphere of sustainability focus on three levels: ecological, economic and social. Zürich Tourism has been actively engaged in promoting all three aspects for many years in order to raise awareness of sustainability among its staff and all other stakeholders.

As a destination, Zurich regularly dominates the top positions in the global sustainability rankings – such as 1st place in the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index 2016 or 2nd place in the Mercer Quality of Living Ranking 2016. In addition, Zurich is one of the most sustainable congress cities in the world, achieving the third highest number of points in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS).

ISO Certification

Within the framework of the Sustainability Charter drawn up by Switzerland Tourism, Zürich Tourism has been certified according to ISO 9001 (Quality and Process Management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) since 2010. This quality management has given rise to an integrated management system with sustainably defined processes.

CO2 Offset Measures

Zürich Tourism is the first CO2-neutral tourism organization in Switzerland, and was presented with the myclimate Award in 2010. Its collaboration with the myclimate foundation and the associated measures to offset the CO2 emissions are being continually fostered. At Zürich Tourism, these CO2 emissions are principally generated by travel in connection with market promotion activities.

Guided City Walks

All city tours organized by Zürich Tourism take place on foot and form an integral part of our tourist services. 

City Tours

Zürich Tourism works closely with various partners, who offer a wide range of attractive products and services. Tours operated by Hans Meier Tourist AG and individual tours run by Best of Switzerland Tours AG are climate-neutral if they are booked via Zürich Tourism.


In all its activities, Zürich Tourism attaches great importance to the use of regional products, in both the individual and the congress tourism sectors. This also includes the “fair and regional" project, which is currently being implemented by 55 hotels.