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News & Announcements

GSTC Chair Welcomes Sustainability Efforts in Mexico

luigi-mex1Washington, D.C. (September 17, 2014)  On September 4th, 2014 Mr. Luigi Cabrini, GSTC Chair of the Board, delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony for the post graduate course on sustainable tourism at "Universidad del Caribe" in Cancun. He stressed the value of sustainable tourism and of the GSTC initiatives for an iconic destination such as Cancun and the whole Quintan Roo state, which includes the Riviera Maya.


The following day, a formal recognition as an Ambassador of Sustainaibility was handed over to the manager of Banyan Tree, located in the extraordinary Mayakoba resort in Riviera Maya. The project "Ambassadors of Sustainibility" was created by Sustainable Riviera Maya (SRM).  SRM is a successful GSTC Early Adopter, and will also host Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria Leadership Workshop at the beginning of December. Beatriz Barreal, leader of the SRM initiative, has been recently elected as member of the GSTC board of directors.

Cabrini commented that, "Both events were attended by key tourism decision makers from the Government and the private sector. The GSTC plays a catalyzer role for sustainable tourism in the region and will continue to support new initiatives and projects."


The GSTC Unveils New Criteria Translations

flagsWashington, D.C. (September 11, 2014) The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announces the GSTC Criteria are now translated into a variety of languages and available for download by the public. The translation of the Criteria was a collaborative effort from organizations and individuals from around the globe. Portions of the criteria are available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, German, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, and French. All translated criteria can be found here.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Criteria are the result of a worldwide effort to develop a common language about sustainability in tourism. Focusing on social and environmental responsibility, as well as the positive and negative economic and cultural impacts of tourism, the criteria are organized into four topics.

"The GSTC criteria play an important role in sustainable travel and tourism throughout the world," says GSTC CEO Randy Durband. "Because it is important that the technical language of sustainability be well understood by travel and tourism professionals, we are making an effort to translate the criteria into many languages and call upon sustainable travel experts to distribute them widely."


GSTC Announces 2014 Board Election Results

GSTC LogoWashington, D.C. (September 11, 2014) The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announces the winners of its 2014 Board of Directors election. The 21-seat board consists of 12 elected seats, of which 7 were open for election or re-election this year.

Three current board members were re-elected: Jane Ashton (TUI Travel, United Kingdom), Guy Chester (EcoSustainability, Australia), and Leilani Latimer (Sabre Holdings, United States).

Four new members were elected: Judy Kepher-Gona (STTA, Kenya), Beatriz Barreal Danel (Sustainable Riviera Maya, Mexico), Susana Conde (Agrotravel Turismo Responsible, Spain), and Jorge Moller (Darwin Trails, Chile).

GSTC bylaws reserve one board seat for a representative from Certification Bodies. Melinda Watt of Earthcheck was the winner in a three-way race for that seat.


GSTC CEO Randy Durband Speaks on Sustainable Tourism in New York and Mexico.

Randy at UN DPI NGO Conf 27Aug2014WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 9, 2014)–  At the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) Annual NGO Conference, held August 27th to August 29th, GSTC's CEO Randy Durband, presented at a workshop focusing on sustainable tourism's role in addressing global issues. Also presenting at the workshop was GSTC Co-Chair, Dr. Kelly Bricker, and GSTC Member Dr. David Randle representing the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability.

The workshop assisted participants in understanding the concepts of sustainable tourism and the GSTC Criteria. Also discussed were examples of how tourism is supporting the new green economy, alleviating poverty, and combating climate change. Presenters shared best practices, and examined Walt Disney Company as a case study in implementing sustainable tourism practices including the 12 blue community strategies.

According to Mr. Durband, "The GSTC is working towards the inclusion of sustainable tourism goals being included in the UN's Post-2015 replacement of the Millennium Development Goals. Travel and tourism constitute a significant portion of global jobs, with much potential for poverty reduction as the global population of outbound travelers is growing substantially. Tourism offers opportunity for economic development. As the managers of global baseline standards for sustainability in travel & tourism, GSTC plays a central role in that discussion."


Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria Leadership Workshop – Riviera Maya

Washington D.C., USA (September 4, 2014) This December in Mayakoba, Mexico, Sustainable Riviera Maya (SRM) and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) will host a workshop on sustainable destinations and the application of the GSTC Criteria. This workshop will explore the intersection of sustainable development and tourism, and provide practical guidance on adopting the Global Criteria in Mexico and throughout Latin America. A panel of high-level public and private sector tourism leaders will discuss sustainable tourism strategies in the Riviera Maya region, drawing on the experiences of GSTC Early Adopters in the region.

Dates: December 1-3, 2014
Location: Mayakoba, Mexico.
Host: Sustainable Riviera Maya - NGO

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