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GSTC Criteria Used to Determine National Geographic’s World Legacy Award Winners

GwaiiHaanasThe Global Sustainable Tourism Council celebrates the use of the GSTC Criteria in the selection process of The National Geographic Society's World Legacy Awards. The National Geographic Society recently revealed the 15 finalists of the World Legacy Awards, a remarkable co-initiative in partnership with ITB Berlin, to feature the leading industry organizations and destinations ranging from historic monuments to green lodges and from small remote islands to entire countries that are driving sustainable development within the travel and tourism industry.

The National Geographic Society received over 150 nominations representing 56 countries and six continents. Finalists in five award categories were selected by an international team of 18 judges who are experts in sustainable travel. The winners will be announced at a gala at the World Legacy Awards Ceremony in March 2015 at ITB Berlin.

"The GSTC Criteria have been built on decades of prior work and experience around the world, and they take into account the numerous guidelines and standards for sustainable tourism from every continent. It is a milestone achievement for the GSTC community to learn that such a panel of sustainable tourism experts are basing their judging approach on the GSTC Criteria", commented GSTC CEO Randy Durband. 


What Role Will the GSTC Play in the Future of Small Islands & Developing States?


From September 1-4, 2014 delegates at the 3rd Annual United Nations Conference on Small Islands and Developing States (http://www.sids2014.org) discussed the role of sustainable tourism in the future of these areas. A draft outcome document was created that calls on the support of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

The future of Small Islands and Developing States is an increasing concern because of their unique vulnerability to environmental stressors. The document raises the continuing issues of global climate change, such as sea levels rising. Additionally, delegates recognize not enough work has been done to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.


GSTC CEO Randy Durband addressed Biodiversity & Tourism at the CBD COP12 in Korea

bio The 12th annual meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Conference of the Parties (CBD COP12) just concluded in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. During this 11-day event, many government authorities, world leaders and professionals of various fields shared common vision and adopted the strategic framework for capacity building agreeing to enhance public awareness of the importance of conserving biodiversity, promote innovative solutions to reduce the threats to biodiversity and encourage all stakeholders to take immediate steps to halt biodiversity loss.
During the conference, GSTC CEO Randy Durband was a guest panelist at a forum held on Biodiversity and Tourism Development. Mr Durband, discussed with the audience the threats and opportunities between medium and large scale tourism ventures and how they can cooperate with indigenous and local communities to develop nature-based tour products.


Early Adopter St. Kitts Recognized by CTO as 2014 Destination Steward

St. Kitts Wins CTO-TravelMole 2014 Sustainable Tourism Award for Destination Stewardship

Washington, D.C. (October 21, 2014) GSTC Early Adopter St. Kitts is the 2014 recipient of the Caribbean Tourism Organization ("CTO") / TravelMole Sustainable Tourism Award for Destination Stewardship.

St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism Permanent Secretary Patricia Martin and Assistant Permanent Secretary Diannille Taylor-Williams accepted the award on behalf of St. Kitts at CTO's State of the Industry Conference in September. Launched in 2013, the Destination Stewardship honor of the CTO / TravelMole Sustainable Tourism Awards is a new category. St. Kitts is only the second destination ever to win the award.


A Week of Activities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Washington, D.C. (October 7, 2014) Randy Durband, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), presented at the International Conference on Community Development (ICCDT), PATA Youth Symposium, and PATA Travel Mart held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from September 16-19, 2014.

The events were organized by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia, in partnership with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), UNESCO, and other globally recognized organizations.

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