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Join us at the GSTC Regional Meeting in Cambodia on Sep 17

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council invites its members and industry proffesionals to the Regional Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on September 17, 2014

GSTC members and sustainable tourism colleagues are invited to join us in Cambodia in September.

Location: Town View Khan Duan Penh Hotel,

Street 174 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Time: 16:30 to 18:30

Date: 17 September, 2014

Fee: no cost

Facilitator: Randy Durband, CEO, GSTC

Following a brief presentation on current GSTC activities and future plans, participants will engage in discussion on issues surrounding sustainability standards and certification, education and training on sustainability, and how to better inspire travel companies and travelers toward greater sustainability.

The meeting is timed to coincide with the following events in Phnom Penh:

September 16-­17: International Conference on Community Development through Tourism coorganized by the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism, UNWTO, and PATA 

September 17-­19: Responsible Travel Pavilion at PATA Travel Mart which GSTC has partnered with PATA in developing

September 18: ASEAN Tourism Investment Forum

September 20: Semi-­Annual meeting of PATA's Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee For more information and to reserve a place for the GSTC meeting  on the 17th, contact GSTC's CEO Randy Durband at (For PATA events, click on the links above for information and registration, for contact Chi for more  information: .)

Luigi Cabrini, Chair of the Board, keynote speaker in various upcoming Sustainable Tourism events.

luiginewThe Ibero-American Forum in Sustainable Tourism (FITS) will be held from October 14 to 17, 2014 in Cajon del Maipo, right outside Chile's capital. This edition of the Forum FITS will focus on entrepreneurship and aims to provide a platform to meet and exchange knowledge on sustainable tourism in the region.

During the 4-day event, the organizers propose a set of presentations of the most representative cases and experiences in the region encouraging sustainable tourism practices.

The GSTC Chair of the Board, Luigi Cabrini, is a keynote speaker of the FITS and will address "worldwide trends in sustainable tourism and the role of the GSTC".

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Global Sustainable Tourism Council Early Adopters, Revisited

samoa 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.

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Dr Dirk Glaesser joins the GSTC Board of Directors

Dirk GlaesserDr. 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.

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Upcoming Board Nominations & Elections

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. 

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