Look Below
International Initiative in Defence of the Quality of the Night Sky as Mankind’s Scientific, Cultural and Environmental Heritage

Starlight Tourist Destinations

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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.


 Learn more about the Starlight Tourist Destination Certification 

The Starlight Tourist Certification System was created with the aim of fostering, worldwide, the improvement of the quality of tourist experiences and the protection of the night skies in Starlight Destinations.
The award of Starlight Destination Certification follows a specific procedure established by the Foundation.


weblink See the Starlight Tourist Destinations Page - Starlight Foundation


 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  

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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.

Press Release - UNWTO Madrid, 23 December 2009


More information




Starlight Initiative collaborates with the


Starlight Finder

Starlight related links


Covenant of Mayors Related Initiative


Colaborating with IAU Working Group


IUCN Dark Sky Advisory Group


Dark Skies Awareness Project


Partnership Unesco-MaB


Member of the Knowledge Network


Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

The Starlight Initiative is designed as an international action in defence of the values associated with the night sky and the general right to observe the stars. It is open to the participation of all scientific, cultural, environmental, and citizens' organizations...

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