Starlight Tourist Destinations
Starlight Destinations are visitable places characterised by excellent quality for the contemplation of starry skies and the practice of tourist activities based on this resource.
The Starlight Tourism Certification System was created with the aim of encouraging, at world-wide level, the improvement of the quality of tourist experiences and the protection of the night skies in Starlight Destinations.The Starlight Certification seeks to guarantee the capacity to enjoy the view of the stars and to discover the associated scientific, cultural, natural and scenic values.
The Starlight Certification makes it possible for the first time to bring science and tourism together, It aims to ensure the quality of tourism experiences involving the nightscapes, the view of stars and the cosmos and the related scientific, cultural and environmental knowledge. Recognition of science as a tourist product and, at the same time, as a working method in tourism, is the foundation of developing this standard.
Who can apply for a Starlight Certification?
Starlight Certification can be requested by all institutions, entities and associations, public or private, with competence for managing a Starlight Destination or who are responsible for related tourist and/or scientific activities that are organised within the destination.
Tourism governance organizations world-wide with adequate nightscape characteristics and wishing to obtain more information on the StarLight Certification, should address their messages of interest at
Presentation of the Starlight Tourism Certification
UN-WTO, Madrid , 23 December 2009. The StarLight Tourism Certification System (Starlight Certification) was presented in a Press Conference held at UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) Headquarters in Madrid.