Member Rights & Benefits

Member Benefits

The Value of Making an Impact

By becoming a GSTC Member, your support and participation will directly benefit the advancement and awareness of sustainable tourism efforts. The GSTC is mostly a volunteer organization, consisting of organizations and individuals with a passion for ensuring that meaningful standards are updated and available globally. Therefore, the GSTC is reliant on its members in order to actively create positive change in the travel and tourism industry.

Besides the significant impact that your support will have on conservation and poverty alleviation, GSTC Members can expect a variety of benefits. GSTC Member Benefits are based on membership categories: Individual, Organization, and Destination. Below is a breakdown of benefits based on Membership category. For more information on membership categories and pricing, please go here.

Empowerment through participation (Individual, Organization, Destination):

• Members have the opportunity, through the GSTC Working Groups, to be involved in key decision making processes that will shape the work of the GSTC program and the sustainable tourism sector
• Invitation to apply to the GSTC Country Representatives Program
• Invitation to apply to be a GSTC Trainer for the GSTC Sustainability Training Program

Quality Networking and Exposure Opportunities with sustainable tourism professionals and stakeholders (Individual, Organization, Destination):

• Invitations to attend customized council meetings that bring common stakeholders together to meet, exchange ideas and build the future of sustainability.
• Accessing a member online platform for exchange of information and business opportunities
• Establish relationships with other GSTC members that are involved in the sustainable tourism industry distributing (travel agencies, tourism boards, associations, etc.)

Tools and Educational Resources (Individual, Organization, Destination):

• Procedures and tools for implementing or applying GSTC criteria
• A digital library of information on sustainable tourism
• General educational material based on the GSTC criteria to support tourism businesses seeking to become more sustainable, seeking to apply the GSTC criteria or looking for certification
• Educational material on accreditation to support certification programs in the process of achieving accreditation from GSTC
• Educational training activities made available through GSTC partner trainers to build the capacity of member organizations to improve their sustainability efforts

Marketing Opportunities (Organization & Destination Members ONLY):

• Opportunities to submit materials for media awareness and marketing for organizations that are in compliance with GSTC Criteria- monthly newsletter and social media
• Gain visibility by promoting organization logo on the GSTC website and use GSTC Member logos on organization website, documents and certificate

Marketing opportunities (Destination Members ONLY):

• Guaranteed story in one monthly newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (Destination Membership Only)
• Invitation to showcase your destination at the GSTC Annual Meeting and Regional Meetings

Discounts for GSTC Programs (Organizations and Destinations):

• Reduced fees for applying to the GSTC Recognized, Approved, Accredited Programs

Discounts for GSTC Programs (Destinations ONLY):

• Reduced fee for GSTC Destination Program Assessment

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Anyone from individuals to larger organizations can help increase the reach, awareness and recognition of sustainable tourism practices.  
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