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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.


India Advances Sustainable Tourism Knowledge and Standards


Washington, D.C. (October 1, 2014) On September 27th, the state of Gujarat, India hosted the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism. This 1-day conference had over 200 participants, ranging from Hotel and Tour Operators, government representatives, and natural reserve managers. GSTC Chair, Mr. Luigi Cabrini, presented on the concepts of sustainable tourism and participated in a panel discussion on "Drivers of success in implementing sustainable tourism." GSTC Member, Jonathan Tourtellot (National Geographic), also participated in the panel discussion.

India's Ministry of Tourism recently made bold strides towards increasing sustainable tourism practices within its borders. Inspired by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council's Hotel and Tour Operator Criteria, the Government of India unveiled its own "Sustainable Tourism Criteria and Indicators".


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."

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