WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 21, 2014) – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) conducted its Early Adopter program from 2012 through early 2014. During the program, a diverse group of fourteen forward- thinking destinations worldwide pilot tested the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations.
Each Early Adopter underwent a baseline destination sustainability assessment applying the Criteria, and received recommendations to address any gaps. Early Adopters also provided their feedback on the Criteria. This input from the fourteen diverse destinations was critical to ensuring that the GSTC Criteria for Destinations are appropriate and applicable as the global performance standard for destination sustainability.
Several Early Adopter representatives joined us in Bonito, Brazil, earlier in April during the GSTC Annual General Meeting (AGM) and discussed their experiences. They shared their insights about tourism planning, economic development, community involvement, heritage protection, and environmental conservation. Further, they revelealed that their destination has made considerable progress on some significant sustainability issues and introduced the challenges they currently face.
Dr. Dirk Glaesser is Director for the Sustainable Development Programme of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Along with UNEP, the United Nations Environment Program, UNWTO maintains a permanent seat on the GSTC Board of Directors. As of June 1st, Dirk assumed that UNWTO seat on the GSTC board. (As such, he replaced Luigi Cabrini who was at the same time appointed by the GSTC Board to become its Chair.)
The UNWTO's Sustainable Development of Tourism Programme, which Dirk now directs and Luigi formerly directed, addresses the generation of social, economic and cultural benefits for host communities resulting from sustainable development of tourism, while minimizing the negative impacts upon the natural or socio-cultural environments. The UNWTO Programme naturally works in close partnership with the GSTC.
The GSTC 2014 Board Elections are now open for nominations!
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is now welcoming nominations and applications for board members, including self-nominations, now, through July 31. Board members of the GSTC will provide balanced and broad geographical representation, insight, expertise, and commitment to the highest operational authority for the organization, which provides guidance on the standards for sustainable tourism.
Mexican coastline destination adopts criteria and indicators for sustainable tourism
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 1st, 2014) – One of Mexico’s iconic tourism destinations, the Riviera Maya in the State of Quintana Roo, has become the first destination on the Mexican Caribbean coast to complete the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) Early Adopter Program.
“At the GSTC we welcomed the decision of Riviera Maya to carry out the Early Adopters program and are proud to have contributed to the advancement of a sustainability agenda in one of the most renowned destinations in the world. We look forward to continuing our support for the organization which spearheaded the EA program, Sustainable Riviera Maya, in its future initiatives,” expressed Luigi Cabrini, Chair of the GSTC Board of Directors.
June 26, 2014
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Sustainability Training Program. The GSTC Sustainability Training Program is designed to educate travel and tourism professionals on key factors needed to integrate sustainability into a destination, business or organization. Highlights include discussions about current best practices, on-site tours and an in-depth look at GSTC Criteria and Indicators. The program is facilitated by GSTC Trainers, hand-picked by the GSTC for their extensive knowledge and experience.
The training programs are 1, 3, or 5 days in length, and can be altered to fit the needs of any travel and tourism related professional or operation. Courses are available in many different languages and several locations around the world. GSTC Trainers are highly skilled professionals with years of experience in sustainable tourism best practices, certification processes, and GSTC Criteria and Indicators.