The SSTL is a third-party assessed, points-based certification scheme.  In order to achieve the Label a hotel needs to demonstrate that it has adopted a minimum number of sustainable business practices.  Some practices are required for all businesses while others are optional.
Some enterprises choosing to participate in the SSTL will have no difficulty in meeting all the criteria. For others, sustainability will be a longer journey.

The criteria have been designed to be inclusive and encourage an incremental approach to sustainability.

There are three basic criteria that a participating enterprise must meet to achieve the SSTL. 
They must:

  • Fulfil all the 22 “must” criteria
  • Achieve a minimum score for each theme (5 points for small enterprises (1-24 rooms), 6 for medium (25 to 50 rooms), 7 for large (51+ rooms)
  • Score an additional six points in any area

A small hotel needs just 46 points to earn the Label. These must include at least five points in each theme area. For a medium size hotel 54 points are needed with six points in each theme, as for a large hotel 62 points are needed with seven points in each area.

This spread of points ensures that certified businesses achieve a minimum standard across all areas of sustainability as well as allowing businesses to excel in particular areas such as energy conservation, or recycling.

From time to time, in recognition of improved industry standards, it will be necessary to increase the minimum score needed for certification. SSTL will provide advance warning of any changes to the minimum scores and give operators the opportunity to comment on any changes to the criteria.


The interested hotel can apply by way of a letter or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and should attach the following documents:

A copy of the completed Application Form.

A copy of the completed assessment form (internal audit results). 

These documents can be downloaded from our site.  Technical assistance for the internal audit can be sourced through our pool of third party assessors.  We also offer free technical assistance for hotels of up to 15 rooms.  Please contact us for a list of third party assessors or any further details.

An application fee applies.  Small hotels 1 to 24 rooms 400 euros, medium sized hotels 25 to 50 rooms 800 euros and large hotels 51 rooms and above 1000 euros. 50% of the application fee was co-financed under the UNDP/GEF funded BD programme for the year 2012 and 25% co financing was available during 2013.  As of December 2014, the application fee has been waived for the first 50 applicants.  

Contact us for further details.


About SSTL

The SSTL is a sustainable tourism management and certification programme designed specifically for use in Seychelles. It is voluntary, user-friendly, and designed to inspire more efficient and sustainable ways of doing business. 


Contact us

Address: Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine
Botanical House, PO Box 1049
Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles 

Phone: (+248) 4 28 65 00