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Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) Partners with Sustonica to Promote Responsible Tourism in Scotland’s Self-Catering Community

This collaboration marks the first time a Scottish short-term rental association has endorsed a global sustainability certification label, emphasising the growing importance of sustainable and responsible tourism in the short-term rental sector.

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC), representing thousands of self-catering operators in Scotland, and Sustonica, a global pioneer in sustainability certification, are excited to announce a strategic partnership. 

A Commitment to Sustainable Practices

Through this partnership, ASSC demonstrates its commitment to promoting sustainable practices among its members. By recommending the Sustonica sustainability label, ASSC encourages property owners and managers within its network to adopt measures that reduce environmental impact and strengthen the local short term tourism sector. 

Fiona Campbell, Chief Executive ASSC said: “Supporting our members on their sustainability journey is a big part of our commitment to promoting responsible tourism, and partnering with Sustonica, an innovative, global, user friendly platform will help us achieve our mission”.

“Partnering with ASSC is a major step in showcasing Scotland’s wonderful short-term rental community’s commitment to responsible tourism and respect for its heritage and environment” said Sustonica’s Co Founder and CEO, Vannessa de Souza Lage.

Benefits of the Sustonica Label

The Sustonica program and badge offers recognition of the responsible tourism practices and steps taken by short-term rental owners, thus offering transparency and appealing to the growing numbers of eco conscious travellers. The program checks energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, promoting the destination & minimising the negative impact on the community 

A Shared Vision for a Greener Future

This collaboration allows us to offer our members a tangible way to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and to their guests, setting a new standard in the industry” added Fiona Campbell.

Vanessa de Souza Lage, CEO of Sustonica, added, “We are thrilled to join forces with ASSC. This partnership is a significant step towards mainstreaming sustainable and responsible tourism practices in Scotland. Together, we can strengthen our industry and make a real difference in reducing the environmental and social footprint of short-term rentals.

About The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC)

Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers is the leading source of knowledge and advocacy in Scottish self-catering. We aim to empower our diverse and professional membership to enable them to give guests unforgettable experiences. With more than 1,700 members, we support the operation of tens of thousands of self-catering properties across Scotland.

About Sustonica (proudly Barcelona based!):

The Sustonica sustainability badge is designed to showcase worldwide short-term rentals that have implemented sustainable practices, such as energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, promoting the destination & minimising the negative impact on the community. Proofs are sent digitally in the form of invoices and geo-localised photos, and are externally validated by professional auditors according to ISO19011:2018. Participating properties are required to achieve a minimum of 20% of the criteria and, according to the ISO methodology “PDCA cycle” (a continuous loop of planning, doing, checking and acting), to increase their score every year. 

Contact Information:

Vanessa de Souza Lage | CEO, Sustonica
+34 663076715

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