The GSTC seeks to provide its members empowerment through participation; unique networking opportunities with a diverse and global constituency virtually and in person; access to tools and educational resources to implement the GSTC principles, while also continuing towards the path of sustainability; foster market access opportunities; showcase best practices; and promote its members through media and partners to travelers.


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Organizational Members

   ABTA, The Travel Association has been at the heart of travel for more than 60 years. Our purpose is to help our Members to grow their businesses successfully and sustainably, and to help their customers – the travelling public – have confidence in their travel experience. The ABTA brand stands for expertise, reliability and fairness. These qualities are core to us. They ensure that holidaymakers remain confident in the holiday products that they buy from our Members. We help our Members and their customers navigate through today's changing travel landscape by providing schemes of financial protection and a course of redress if something goes wrong; by raising standards in the industry and by giving guidance on issues from sustainability to health and safety; and by presenting a united voice to government to ensure the industry and the public get a fair deal. To learn more please visit the ABTA website.
AITR is a second level association, involved in responsible tourism since 1998. In AITR definition of responsible tourism, local communities play the main role as protagonist of their local development and main beneficiaries of tourism revenues. Currently, AITR numbers more than 90 members, among them, all categories are represented: Tour Operators, NGOs, associations, certification body, publishing houses, cooperatives, many different accommodations (B&B, hotels, organic farms, etc.). Moreover a section of AITR website hosts responsible tourism networks in Southern countries in order to sensitize and concretely help individual travelers and local communities. AITR key fields of work are: lobbying and campaigning locally, nationally, internationally; training its own members and external stakeholders; research; poverty reduction through responsible tourism.
    

Advanced Leisure Services is a company specialized in the tourism , leisure and entertainment sectors, offering consulting, project design and development and tourism destination planning and management services.  It is formed by a group of experts in evaluating or creating projects and businesses around  people’s free time, offering innovative solutions to destinations, institutions and companies needs in those sectors. Our aim is to design, develop and participate in profitable initiatives, both for the private and the public sectors, that are sustainable and differential for the territory where they are developed.

Adventure Green Alaska (AGA) is the first and only sustainable tourism certification program in Alaska. AGA is a voluntary certification program for tourism businesses operating in Alaska that meet standards of economic, environmental and social sustainability. Businesses may qualify for Gold, Silver, or Bronze Level certification, earning the right to use the AGA logo and participate in AGA promotional activities. The businesses certified by AGA are leaders in the tourism industry. They are progressive companies that believe outstanding Alaska experiences can also be sustainable. For more information, please visit www.adventuregreenalaska.org

ATTALogo.medium.color Adventure Travel and Trade Association (ATTA) is a global membership organization dedicated to unifying, connecting, professionalizing, promoting and responsibly growing the adventure travel market. Association members include tour operators, destination marketing organizations, tourism boards, specialty travel agents, guides, accommodations, media and service providers. Host of the annual Adventure Travel World Summit executive trade conferences, the Adventure Travel Trade Association also makes possible www.Adventure.Travel, the traveler’s hub of physical, cultural and nature-based adventure travel and guide to trusted tour operators from around the globe.

AGEG Tourism for Sustainability Consulting provides international implementation consulting with practical approach on sustainable tourism development as well as tailor-made and innovative solutions. We are member of the AGEG Group, an association of experts and consulting company operating worldwide with over 25 years of experience in international development cooperation and sustainable development in more than 120 countries. We believe that sustainable tourism development and management practices are applicable to all forms of tourism at any destination. Training and capacity building are the key elements for the development and implementation of all our projects.To ensure the sustainability of our projects, we jointly work with all stakeholders involved and bring them together around one table: non-governmental organisations (NGOs), local communities, planners, investors and political decision makers.

Founded in February 1977, the AHT has steadily been working with professionalism, responsibility and efficiency towards the achievement of its goals. Nowadays, the association gathers the main hotels in Argentina, taking into account not only the capacity of their facilities but also their quality, and connecting through its activities those hotel establishments located in the most important national tourist centers.

The AHT represents the activity of the five star hotels in all Argentina and those four star hotels who are members. As a non-profit organization, it gathers, groups and represents the mentioned hotel sector, systematically providing the following benefits which are transferred to the services.

 

All for Nature Travel & Consultancy offers journeys to people from the Benelux countries that care for nature and want to contribute its conservation. Travel with All for Nature in a small group of privileged travelers to iconic animals all over the world. Enjoy the unspoiled nature and the wildlife that enriches her. Help save endangered species like the gorilla, tiger, orangutan or giant panda! Set up camera traps at jaguar research. Have lunch with Jane Goodall. Or help monitoring cheetahs during their yearly check-up. All for Nature Travel combines sustainable tourism with nature conservation. All for Nature Consultancy advises companies and nature conservation projects on CSR and extra fundraising opportunities in order to achieve their goals.

The Peruvian Adventure Travel and Ecotourism Association (APTAE) is a non-profit organisation that was created in 1983 to strengthen the presence of adventure travel and ecotourism in Peru; therefore having a say about the existing regulations and promotional efforts related to these activities.Our main objective is to promote responsible and sustainable adventure travel and ecotourism. All of our associates have signed and are committed to our code of ethics, thus advocating the protection of natural, social, and cultural resources. Good service and safety are also very important to us and we ensure our associates’ high standards through educational and certification programmes such as “Safe Adventure”. We wish to position our country as a nature destination because of its rich flora and fauna in the Andes, Amazon and coastal regions.

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Agir pour un Tourisme Responsable (ATR) , the “Act for Responsible Tourism” association (ATR), has developed and manages a certification program called “Towards Sustainable Tourism”. Designed for tour operators, the credibility of the scheme is now established and the certification program nationally recognised as the French reference on sustainable tourism. Certification is delivered after the approval of a third party (AFNOR Certification). AFNOR audit tourism operators on an annual basis and confirm that all the criteria comprising 25 standards are being met. Towards Sustainable Tourism certification is valid for the 12 months from the time of obtaining certification. Therefore a constant commitment from the tour operators is required for ongoing certification. Due to the close collaboration between ATR Tour Operators and their respective travel agencies successful implementation of sustainable practices within the sector exist and helps move us towards the goal of responsible tourism. In 2010, ATR united eighteen tour operators of which thirteen have now been certified. Each year these tour operators send around 230,000 travelers to more than 80 countries.

     Amadeus is a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry. Customer groups include travel providers (e.g. airlines, hotels, rail, ferries, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and individual travellers). The group operates a transaction-based business model and processed 850 million billable travel transactions in 2010.
AHLA Serving the hospitality industry for nearly a century, The American Hotel and Lodging Association is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.

The University for International Cooperation is an accredited private university in San José, Costa Rica by the National Council of Private University Education in 1994. It was created in response to the need for trained professionals with inter and multidisciplinary knowledge and skills, tools and values to lead change processes required under the concepts of sustainability and globalization. UCI has a nationally and internationally renowned both for his academic career as technical assistance to countries; continually receive requests for assistance from governments, state institutions, universities, organizations and private corporations, NGOs and individuals. UCI is always innovating in their work areas, leading processes in Latin America. The management of sustainable tourism is one of the issues that UCI develops, through training programs based on competencies and leadership. www.uci.ac.cr 

The American Society of Travel Agents is the world's largest association of travel professionals. Our members include travel agents and the companies whose products they sell such as tours, cruises, hotels, car rentals, etc. We are the leading advocate for travel agents, the travel industry, and the traveling public. ASTA promotes sustaibale travel and strives to be environmentally and socially-conscious in our own operations. We develoved the ASTA Green Proram to provide education and a tool for self-assessment for travel agents and travel suppliers. The core of the program is the Green Guide, which provides an overview of green travel and checklists for each travel segment as well as sections on terminology, marketing sustainable travel, and green resources. ASTA belives that a well-planned sustainable trip can be socially and economically beneficial to the global community.
   

Basecamp Foundation Kenya, which is part of the Basecamp Group, is a not-for-profit organisation that works to develop sustainable tourism destinations in close collaboration with host communities. Basecamp has over the past 13 years developed sustainable tourism ventures (eco-tourism) in Kenya, India, France and Svalbard. As one of Kenya’s most awarded tourism organisation, Basecamp continues to provide leadership in sustainable tourism and community development.

belizetourismboard Belize Tourism Board is a statutory body within the Belize Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture which represents a strategic partnership between the government and private sectors of Belize. It is the BTB’s mission to help develop and promote all aspects of sustainable tourism both locally and internationally; and to continually strive to improve the experiences of visitors to our country by working in association with the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) and other private sector organizations.  Among its outreach to the international travel market, the BTB promotes the country’s unique combination of experiences to travelers, members of the travel trade industry and media outlets in key markets.  Additionally, the BTB develops and implements programs to advance good destination stewardship and instill high quality standards for accommodations and tourism services.
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council s a non-profit corporation registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) educational organization and was authorized under Section 42-63.1-5 of the Rhode Island General Laws as the State designated regional tourism development agency for the Northern Rhode Island tourism district representing the cities of Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket, and the towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, North Smithfield, Smithfield, Glocester, and Burrillville. The Tourism Council is supported by statewide hotel room tax revenues (RI General Laws, Section 42-63.1) and also receives financial support from the public and private sector, charitable organizations, and grants.
   

Bom Bom Island Resort- Responsible Tourism Príncipe (RTP) will be the first sustainable tourism programme in Príncipe to be developed, that aims to create a responsible tourism destination in close collaboration with the host communities.Our main objective is to develop eco strategies and carry out measures that effectively consolidate a sustainable ecosystem, cultural heritage and cohesion of the local society while transforming people’s livelihoods by conserving the natural resources and the creation of sustainable tourism products. RTP’s general objective is to be one of the vehicles to promote responsible tourism models for Príncipe as a tourism destination. We are also providing guidelines and standards for professional certifying processes, accredited by the GSTC and have started a Biosphere Hotel certification process for the Bom Bom Island Resort. www.bombomprincipe.com

    

Booz & Company is a leading global management consulting firm, helping the world’s top businesses, government ministries, and organizations. Our founder, Edwin Booz, defined the profession when he established the first management consulting firm in 1914.Today, with more than 3,300 people in 57 offices around the world, we bring foresight and knowledge, deep functional expertise, and a practical approach to building capabilities and delivering real impact. We work closely with our clients to create and deliver essential advantage.

The Chamber of Tourism of La Ceiba, Honduras (CTLC), is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 which seeks to position La Ceiba as a sustainable tourism destination by focusing both on destination development and strengthening the competitiveness of its private sector affiliates. Proven results have been delivered on product development, advocacy, training/capacity building, marketing and technical assistance. Together with LARECOTURH- Rural Tourism Community Network of Honduras, we promote sustainable community tourism and also pride ourselves in pioneering the creation of a Destination Management Organization (DMO) integrated by local governments and LARECOTURH while actively engaging in joint efforts towards sustainable forestry management with eight other key specialized organizations as a mechanism for poverty reduction and social development in Honduras. The Chamber of Tourism of La Ceiba has recently partnered with the World Tourism Organization (WTO), the Honduras Tourism Ministry (SECTUR), ZOLITUR-Zona Libre de Turismo and the Honduran National Autonomous University (UNAH) in establishing the first Sustainable Tourism and Climate Change Observatory in the American continent.  For more information please visit: www.camaradeturismodelaceiba.com and to learn more of La Ceiba www.visitlaceiba.com. 

Caesars Entertainment Corporation is the world's most geographically diversified casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, more than 73 years ago, Caesars has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions, and now operates casinos on four continents. The company's resorts operate primarily under the Harrah's®, Caesars® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars also owns the World Series of Poker® and the London Clubs International family of casinos. Caesars Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars is committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognizes the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment.  For more information, please visit www.caesars.com.

   

The Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association  (CBRA) is the national  organization representing the 16 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves across Canada.  Each Biosphere Reserve is mandated by the UNESCO "Man and the Biosphere Program" to develop innovative approaches for sustainable community development.  In Canada, most of the 16 Biosphere Reserves are within regions with a well-established tourism industry.  Currently, a group of five Biosphere Reserves, three of which are located in the Province of Ontario, one in Quebec and one in New Brunswick has been formed to develop a "best practices manual" to guide Biosphere Reserves in the furtherance of sustainable tourism. Group members seek to cooperate with tourism associations in their respective provinces and destinations.

CarpeDM Adventures, is a adventure company founded in 2007 in Quito Ecuador.  We are committed to meeting the needs of the community, clients and business partners through innovative programs that enhance the delivery of quality adventure travel. Building the social consciousness of the world one tour at a time. Our "DM" or "Doing More" program comprises of the 3/3/3 philosophy, where  3% of our profits will go to local community projects.  3% of our employees time will be dedicated to volunteer personal projects.  3% of our programs will directly impact local communities.  We've been featured on CNN ireport, recommended in the Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Petit Fute among other guide books for South America. We pride ourselves in providing great value in our offering, ranging from: Galapagos Island Cruises, Amazon Expeditions, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Trekking, Community Projects and more.  Located in the heart of Historical Quioto our passion for adventure and doing more will ensure your time in Ecuador will be a memorable one.

CDC Development Solutions (CDS) leverages public, private and volunteer resources to strengthen SMEs and the institutions, governments, and industries that drive economic growth in emerging markets. CDC Development Solutions provides innovative and market-driven solutions that empower individuals, businesses, and governments in emerging markets to lead economies towards self-sustained growth and opportunity through work in Tourism Development, International Corporate Volunteerism, and Local Content Development.  CDS utilizes its ability to mobilize the best of what the private sector has to offer in conjunction with the deep local expertise of the public sector to support economic development worldwide. 

Churchill Wild is the only company on the planet specializing in ground level walking tours through the polar bear inhabited remote regions of Arctic Canada. We offer exclusive access to unique polar bear viewing experiences in both summer and the traditional fall season.  Beyond incredible polar bear viewing, Churchill Wild has exclusive areas for wildlife encounters with beluga whales, caribou, moose, wolves, dozens of species of shore bird, and the ethereal northern lights. Churchill Wild offers the finest authentic Arctic cuisine and luxury accommodations.

Center for Responsible Travel  (CREST) is a non-profit research institution with offices in Washington, DC and at Stanford University, whose mission is to design, monitor, evaluate, and improve sustainable tourism practices and principles. Its policy-oriented research focuses on tourism as a tool for poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation, as well as socially and environmentally responsible tourism practices.

The Coastal & Marine Union - EUCC is  is dedicated to conserving and maintaining healthy seas and attractive coasts for both people and nature. It is one of the largest international networks of coastal practitioners and experts, with offices in seven countries, and with 2700 expert members and member organisations in 40 countries all over the world. One of the Union's contributions in the field of tourism is QualityCoast, the largest international certification programme for sustainable tourism destinations. Since 2007, more than 125 tourism destinations in 23 countries have been selected for a QualityCoast Award: coastal towns, resorts and islands. The Union is seeking partners for a global destination award programme that should be in full compliance with GSTC guidance.

Confluence Sustainability, true to its name, brings together like-minded professionals and organizations committed to sustainability across its full spectrum: environmental and resource conservation, preservation of cultural heritage, and economic vitality. We target our work on collaborative strategies and solutions utilizing travel and tourism as a catalyst for sustainable growth.

Our work encompasses destinations, public and private sector partnerships and organizations committed to broad based, stakeholder engagement to build scalable, multi-sector programs and replicable best practices. With experience in all sectors, we offer unique expertise in sustainability integration in the hospitality industry including the accommodation sector and resort development and management.

Control Union Green Choice is a certification program, created to promote sustainable tourism practices trough applicable criteria verified on site. This standard was developed by Control Union, an international certification body recognized worldwide, with offices in 81 countries. Green Choice in the only standard, on tourism certification in the world created and administrate by a certification body with expertise on audits and guiding all its processes based on the criteria of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). On 2012 CU Green Choice applied for a specific sustainable tourism accreditation with OAE (recognized by the International Accreditation Forum), assurance the quality and impartiality of our operations, and empowering the credibility of Tourism certification.

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Cygnet Strategies: We’re idea catalysts helping communities and regions take a straightforward look at their tourism and economic development assets and challenges. Whether it's rebuilding after a disaster, re-igniting stakeholder enthusiasm or focusing on tourism for the first time, we develop the tools and collaborative infrastructure necessary for a sustainable future. We are committed to successfully preserving sense of place, improving quality of life and creating jobs.

destinationventures Destination Ventures'  unique qualifications include multi-faceted travel industry experience coupled with over 20 years as educational leaders. The company is spearheaded by Jane Custer, President, a former training manager for the U.S. and Canada for Mexicana Airlines, and founder of the popular "Come to Know Mexico" travel agent training program. She was Sales and Marketing Manager for a major Mexican resort property, has worked as a travel agent and as account manager for Mazatlán Tourism Trust promotional campaign. Jane is fluent in Spanish and has traveled internationally for the past 30 years. The other key player in this venture is Greg Custer, Vice President (and Jane's husband). Greg's experience consists of 13 years in operations, sales and training with TWA, Mexicana Airlines and Aero California. He also served as director for the Central Oregon Visitors Association. Greg is fluent in Spanish and has traveled internationally for more than 25 years.

Launched in Brussels on October 2008, the European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality (EARTH) is the first European Network created by experts of responsible tourism. The non-profit association is composed by private organizations based in 7 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain).

EARTH has one main goal: transform and unite Europe in “One Europe for Responsible Tourism”. The network brings to life the principles of sustainability, fairness and solidarity in the tourism field, by promoting the exchange of good practices, experience and knowledge among its members.

earthcheck Earthcheck is the world's largest certifier of sustainable travel and tourism operators. With more than 1000 clients in over 70 countries, the environmental management program responds directly to the challenges posed by climate change, waste reduction and non-renewable resource management. It provides a benchmarking, certification and performance improvement system that results in average savings of 30 per cent for energy and waste stream, and 20 per cent savings for water consumption.
eceat European Centre for Eco- and Agro-Tourism is a European not for profit  founded in 1992 in order to link tourism with sustainability. ECEAT  follows a business oriented approach through the development and implementation of standards, management systems, training tools and by providing marketing support. ECEAT is co-founder of VISIT, the European association for sustainable tourism certificates and has initiated greentravelmarket.info, a global BtoB service linking sustainable and CBT suppliers to international tour operators. ECEAT – Projects recently implemented sustainable tourism marketing and standards setting projects in Latin America, West Africa, South East Asia (e.g. regional CBT standards linked to GSTC).
Eco and Sustainable Tourism Israel is a non-profit organization, established on March 2006, in order to promote sustainability and ecotourism in Israel – on both the supply and demand levels.  The organization's vision: “Turning the Israeli tourism industry into a vehicle for conserving natural and cultural resources and enhancing local communities' self sufficiency and empowerment capabilities". Our work is focused on raising awareness and providing knowledge and tools to stakeholders through different platforms and frameworks; including our website: www.ecotourism.org.il, professional courses, workshops, lectures, educational events, interpretation materials, etc.
EcoDev, Centre for Research and Development Projects, is an NGO whose foundation was inspired by a need for synergy between “economy” and “ecology” as well as the need for further “sustainable development” resulting in our team’s contribution to the economic growth with maximum environmental protection. We bring together individuals, companies, organisations and institutions who wish to apply their knowledge and experience to sustainable projects that will contribute to a better quality of life for all. EcoDev includes experts in the following areas in its team, according to the needs of the project: ecology, biology (biodiversity), medicine, also the consultants in the field of sustainable development, environmental protection, architecture, engineering, energy efficiency, renewable energy, experts in marketing, law and finance. 
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Eco-Librium Sustainable Adventures is a Canadian company that offers sustainable travel and volunteer expeditions to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Canada. Eco-Librium provides conscientious adventure seekers and voluntourists with guided volunteer travel opportunities, body, mind and spirit tours, and personalized eco adventures. Together we can support the sustainable economic growth of developing countries by contributing to their tourism industry in a responsible manner.

                                       EcoSustainAbility is an independent company established to assist enterprises achieve ecological sustainability in their endeavours.We have the proven experience in the provision of a wide range of environmental consulting projects, ranging from providing executive and ministerial level advice on major projects such as Australia’s proposed low level nuclear waste facility to new aerospace developments to practical experience in the development (from conception to opening) of a small ecolodge. EcoSustainAbility has just completed the development of the ecological sustainability aspects of the International Ecotourism Standard, a joint initiative of Ecotourism Australia, Green Globe Asia Pacific and the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre.
ecotourismaustralia Ecotourism Australia was formed in 1991 as an incorporated non-profit organisation, and is the peak national body for the ecotourism industry. The Association has a diverse membership that includes key industry sectors and including ecotourism accommodation, tour and attraction operators; tourism planners; protected area managers; academics and students; tourism, environmental, interpretation and training consultants; local and regional tourism associations and travellers. Ecotourism Australia's Mission is about growing, consolidating and promoting ecotourism and other committed tourism operations to become more sustainable.

Ecoservices Dominicana expertise is in developing environmental sustainability within organizational culture and providing a package of services that can lead to international environmental certification. This is achieved through personnel training at all levels while also providing the service capacity to retrieve and process the various recyclables.  We pride ourselves on maintaining continual communication with our client base in the form of daily log sheets and monthly reports that verify the types of materials recovered and the quantity in relationship to the purchase orders.  These specific metrics allow us to accurately calculate the carbon footprint of each client.  Thereby giving the client the absolute security that when Ecoservices implements a sustainable management program they are receiving service that is second to none.

ECOTRANS  is a European network of experts and organisations in Tourism, Environment and regional development, who are seeking to promote good practice in the field of sustainable tourism. The ECOTRANS concept was established in 1988 at the International Conference Tourism and Environment in Europe in Bressanone/Brixen, Italy. The non-profit organisation ECOTRANS e.V. was founded in 1993 at the International Tourism Exchange (ITB) in Berlin.  The name ECOTRANS embodies two basic principles: the link between "ecology" and "economy" as well as the transfer and publication of know-how and hence greater transparency.

Enclave Rising, LLC - After more than a decade of leading new product innovation, brand strategy, project management, and big picture thinking for international blue chip companies, and her lifelong commitment to environmental and social issues, social entrepreneur Kim Slicklein founded Enclave Rising LLC in 2005. Enclave Rising is an international portfolio of companies rooted in environmental and social consciousness, each dedicated to developing and pioneering best practices in net zero carbon development, alternative energy, conservation, and genuine sustainability.Committed to environmental and cultural sustainability and responsible construction and resort management, Enclave Rising is redefining eco-conscious (or “green”) hospitality and real estate development. Enclave Rising’s ultimate mission is to bridge the gap between ultra-luxury and ultra-green. Through unique building principles that emphasize genuine collaboration with local communities and governments as well as resource efficiency and clean energy, Enclave Rising is introducing an innovative development model to work synergistically with select regions around the world that are particularly poised to benefit from the economic returns of tourism.

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Evolución Empresarial is a consultancy enterprise that started operations in 2009, focused on Sustainable Business Management and Social Responsibility Strategies. We offer products for business sector, tourism, communities, institutions and organizations who want to evolve into a groundbreaking business model according to the new and future market trends. Its founding partners have more than 20 years of experience in areas such as a sustainable tourism, research, design and marketing of tourism products, and operations management. Their specialties are Sustainable Tourism management, Ecotourism and Environmental Management. Their expertise has grown with the leading intensity and strength of Costa Rica as a successful destination and the vision of Evolución Empresarial is to address their experience to other sectors and countries in the world.

FHR_corp_logo_jpeg With over 60 distinctive hotels, including the iconic Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is an unrivalled collection of properties located in some of the world’s most coveted destinations. Known for its warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences, this global hospitality brand features classic hotels that imbue a sense of heritage, sophistication and social importance and are often considered destinations in their own right. Fairmont is also committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 95 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded residences, estates and luxury private residence club properties.
Fairtourist is about transforming the collective power of tourism to secure the future of tourism as a sustainable business and recreation!
Fair Trade Tourism  (FTT) is a non-profit organisation registered in South Africa that is dedicated to fair and responsible tourism development. FTT operates the world’s first, and still only, tourism Fair Trade certification programme. We do this through awareness raising, research and advocacy, capacity building and by facilitating the world’s first tourism Fair Trade certification programme. FTT awards the use of special label to qualifying businesses as a way of signifying their commitment to Fair Trade criteria including fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing, fair operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and environment. www.fairtradetourism.org.za
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fee  Foundation for Environmental Education is an international non-profit and non-governmental organisation promoting sustainable development through environmental education. This work is mainly done through our five international programmes. Blue Flag is for beaches and marinas and Green Key is for tourism facilities like hotels and campsites. Our other programmes Eco-Schools, Young Reporters for the Environment and Learning about Forests are designated for schools. FEE operates as an umbrella organisation with one member organisation per country representing FEE on the national level and in charge of implementing FEE programmes nationally. FEE has been active since 1981 and currently has 72 member organisations in 63 countries worldwide.
FourDirectionsLogo  Founded in 1996, Four Directions is a tour operator based in Guatemala City with operations in Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, Honduras & El Salvador, and specializing in Maya Archaeology and Cultural Tours. Certified in Sustainable Tourism Good Practices by Great Green Deal and verified by RAINFOREST ALLIANCE. Operations followthe Archaeological Tourism Good Practices as defined by the American Institute of Archaeology and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. Four Directions is a members of the Guatemala Sustainable Tourism Commission and of The International Ecotourism Society.
fundacionnatura Fundación Natura is a Colombian nongovernmental organization, committed with the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in Colombia, in order to generate social, economic and environmental benefits for local communities and Colombian society in general.  We work for life, represented in human, animal and vegetal communities.As well as with other sustainable productive systems, we believe that Sustainable Tourism is a great way to generate incomes and improve the livelihoods of local communities, while contributing to the conservation of biodiversity, natural resources, and cultural heritage, and increasing the governance of the territories where those communities live in.”
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Fundación Ecoturismo Argentina, created in 1989, is the first non profit organization in South America that is dedicated to planning, development and diffusion of low-impact tourism. The Foundation was the pioneer in responsible rural tourism in Latin-American participating in the tourism reevaluation of over 350 haciendas and farm inside Argentina and South American countries. It also works actively in indigenous comunitary rural tourism en Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Amongst its principal activities it has the training of human resources, activity for which it has developed since 1991 a series of courses and seminars related to ecotourism, responsible adventure tourism, rural and ethnic tourism. So far we are responsible for over 380 courses and workshops throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

 
fundacionplan21 Fundacion Plan 21 has the mission to enhance sustainable tourism development contributing to the implementation of public and private policies that allow a more appropriate disposition of benefits reinforcing common participation, equality, and conservation of biodiversity and natural resources. 
   

Georgian Tourism Association (GTA) is an organization of private tourism companies and hotels in Georgia. The association was founded in 2006 to promotethe cooperation between the tourism companies in Georgia, cooperation between private and public sector, sustainable tourism development in Georgia, accessibility of tourism information and country marketing, capacity building and quality management for tourism services. Georgian Tourism Association works on product development in incoming, domestic and outgoing tourism.

GIZ offers customized solutions to complex challenges. We are an experienced service provider and assist the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation. We offer demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development. The GIZ Sector Project “Tourism and Sustainable Development” supports destination development which is socially fair, resource-efficient and economically sustainable. It promotes responsible travelling.” Please visit www.giz.de/tourism to find out more.

 

GLOBE srl is a certification body  with offices in Turin – Italy. We are accredited since 2001 from German TGA/DAKKS and since 2012 from Italian accreditation body ACCREDIA for management system certification. The “Green side of Globe” is a division of our company aimed to develop standards for sustainable tourism based on GSTC criteria. In this field we are working with a destination in North Italy. Next  step  is asking for a GSTC recognition. We trust responsibility, inclusivity and climate protection through environmental management is the new frontier of tourism. www.byglobe.it

Glocal Tourism Consulting is a Mexican consultancy company bridging the gap between global and local issues in the tourism industry. Our international complementary team offers sustainable solutions to private and public actors in the tourism sector. As a consultancy, we assess professionals to develop sustainable touristic projects as well as on marketing, communication and quality strategic matters. Our training program shares innovative marketing and management techniques’ and how to fulfill a sustainable attitude. We are also committed to organize events in a sustainable way in order to integrate and valorize local potentials.  Glocal impulses the economical, social, cultural and natural development of Mexico.

          GreenKeyLogo The Green Key Eco-Rating Program ranks, certifiies, and inspects hotels and resorts based on tehir commitment to sustainable "green" options. The proram was developed for the Hotel Association of Canada by a leading environmental engineering firm. Designed specifically for hotel operations, the Green Key Eco-Rating Progarm is a comprehensive environmental audit that allows each participating property to benefit on several fronts - cost savings, increased bookings from einvronmentally-conscious consumers and meeting planners, and responsable corporate citizenry.
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GREAT Green Deal –GGD - is a Certification Program based on the GSTC International Standard.  GGD is a comprehensive Program that offers a complete service pack to its clients: i) training, ii) initial on site assessment, iii) technical assistance by partner organizations and independent advisors, iv) on site audit services from independent auditors providing third party inspections, v) on site and desk monitoring activities, vi) marketing services.  GGD offers in addition carbon offset and community support programs.  GGD will help companies to thrive while being responsible and competitive.  GGD is designed for all type of lodging companies and sizes, restaurants, tourism transportation companies and tour operators.  We work in Spanish speaking countries throughout Latin America.  GGD certified companies are successful, profitable, competitive while environmental and social responsible. 

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Green Globe Certification  provides certification, training & education, and marketing services in 83 countries worldwide. Based in Los Angeles, California and with partners in Mexico, South America, South Africa, Middle East, the Caribbean and Europe, Green Globe Certification provides certification for the sustainable operations and management of travel and tourism companies and their related supplier businesses. Green Globe Certification also maintains a global network of independent auditors who provide third party inspection and validation. The Green Globe Certification Standard is based on internationally accepted criteria developed during the 15 years of the Green Globe program. Green Globe Certification is active in harmonizing with other established sustainability certification programs around the world. The process of harmonization contributes to maintaining core criteria and at the same time address regional issues through the adoption of locally developed standards.

  

GREEN GROWTH combines the key ingredients of its expertise - Business, Sustainability and People management – to support clients in the process of change and expansion. In this transformation process, GREEN GROWTH provides an external perspective and hands-on-approach that guides companies’ strategy for change in order to create value and achieve lasting success.

With Sustainable Development becoming more and more mainstream and no longer an option in today’s world, it is fundamental that it should be integrated into core strategy/planning first, and then rolled out throughout all organizations and areas. With my leadership and hands-on management experience in all levels of business, I advise and assist company boards and top level management as CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer). As this implies change management for most companies, I help boards and their executives Leading Change, following the 8 step approach devised by John Kotter.

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Green Hotels Global is the only online source for standardized environmental performance metrics on hotels worldwide.  Hotel properties that are members of the Green Hotels Global program are differentiated to Travel Managers and Meeting Planners for their ability to accurately track and report the carbon footprint, energy consumption, water usage and waste generation associated with room-night usage and event bookings.  The program is focused on transparency, disclosure and auditability.  Our methodology for quantifying environmental performance follows The Greenhouse Gas Protocol of the World Resources Institute, ASTM Standards for Measuring Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases, and ISO 14064 GHG Measurement Standards.  The Green Hotels Global system is integrated into the StarCite and Lanyon hotel sourcing platforms, and is required by many Fortune 500 travel buyers as part of their environmental selection criteria.

   
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Green Leaf Foundation was established in 1998 by six organizations from government sector and private sector in Thailand. These participating organizations could strengthen their corporate social responsibility efforts. The significant of the GLF are environmental impact, tremendous growth, and competition for clients, the hotel industry provided a key opportunity. GLF ethos evolves around “going local”. Hotels are encouraged to present a “Green Menu” using locally-grown, GLF recommends local Thai products, Thai-architecturally styles that are friendlier on the environment and more appealing to guests. These practices also boost the local economy through increased local revenue and job creation.

Greenloons is an all-inclusive website that illuminates ecotourism certification procedures so travelers can make vacation purchasing decisions based on ethical environmental standards for sustainability and conservation rather than marketing tactics.  The first of its kind website is aimed at travelers that want to select from a variety of third-party certified ecotourism vacation packages.  Greenloons provides key information about regional certifications and international standards for ecotourism, third-party certified vacation ecotour search and reservation capabilities, volunteer conservation effort search, and topical news. The customized community forum section of the website encourages users to share personal travel stories and advice, helping build momentum and a sense of community surrounding the responsible ecotourism movement.  By recommending these vacation experiences to families, Greenloons hopes more people will connect at a deeper level with the places and people they are visiting.
Green Pearls Unique Hotels’ philosophy is based on the belief that we are all responsible for the world’s protection and we owe respect to the different cultures and the needs of the local people. Our mandate is to find green hotels worldwide meeting the demanded standards of sustainability, hospitality, service and luxury. Green Pearls Unique Hotels offers a special combination of luxury, hospitality, ecologically awareness and sensitivity to the cosmopolitan traveler. The key target is to offer to the traveler a different form travel experience by inviting him to join projects or sustainable experiences our hotels are supporting. The traveler can participate in spending time and supporting personally or donations. The aim is to arouse interest for the need of the local people, the protection of the environment and the culture of the visited country.
   
green_seal GreenSpot.travel plans custom eco-luxury vacations and adventures around the world as Conde Nast Traveler magazine's Top Travel Specialist for Costa Rica and Green Travel in Central America. Our personal ties to green destinations allow for meaningful community experiences and positive contributions to the people and places you visit. We support efforts to protect native species and virgin rainforest in private nature preserves maintained by our local partners. Our hotels and lodges contribute to conservation, use renewable energy, local foods in their restaurants, and new ways to minimize environmental footprints. Ownership and staff at our lodges are local residents with strong community ties, integrated with the area's economy and culture. And GreenSpot.travel profits are invested in destination communities through grants to grow small businesses and community development projects.
Green Tourism Accreditation is a global sustainability management company offering a leading international 3-tier assessment programme for accommodation providers and restaurants incorporating 11 sustainability categories and integrating international principles of environment, people, processes, policies and profit. Through applying ISO 14001, SABS and Green Globe International standards and requirements, our programmes are assured to be leading edge. We deliver robust, superior and in-depth online or consultancy based certification programmes which are affordable and accessible.

The Heritage Environmental Management Company is Africa’s leading tourism-based sustainability certification organisation operating in eight countries across the continent.  Heritage is partnered with Green Globe Certification to broaden understanding of environmental responsibility and sustainable tourism in Africa and the Indian Ocean region, and the Heritage Programme is the only co-certification partner with Green Globe International.

  

Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering businessand leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,750 hotels and timeshare properties, with 615,000 rooms in 85 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. For more information about the company, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com or connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.hiltonworldwide.com/media.

HoneyguideFoundation The Honeyguide Foundation exists to create mutually-beneficial partnerships among Tanzanian communities and tourism in order to conserve wildlife and natural habitat by using a holistic approach to business enterprise.
The Honeyguide Foundation believes in the continued co-existence among local communities and wildlife though the utilization of innovative approaches to conservation using social business initiatives, thereby creating an economic environment favorable to wildlife conservation and economic development. Furthermore, the Honeyguide Foundation believes that accountability in governance empowers communities to effectively manage local resources and development.The Honeyguide Foundation enables communities to face 21st century challenges through consultation services, capacity building, and partnership creation between local communities and responsible tourism enterprises.

Hostelling International (HI) is a not-for-profit registered charity (England & Wales) representing over 70 Member Associations worldwide. In 2009, the international hostelling movement celebrated its 100th birthday, and its original values of, educating people of all nations, to understand, love and care for the countryside, and each other are still true today. HI has over 4 million members and 4,000 great hostels in 90 countries worldwide. Located in some of the world’s most inspiring locations, all our hostels meet assured standards, guaranteeing a range of good quality safe accommodation, in friendly surroundings at affordable prices. Our hostels offer private rooms for couples, groups or families, and beds for individual travellers. Hostelling International offers the real hostel experience and is committed to sustainable development with its own Sustainability Charter. HI is at the forefront of sustainable development in the sector, in line with customer needs and our corporate vision and values.

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Huab Lodge & Bush SPA is an Award-Winning Premier Lodge with 8 Luxurious Bungalows and an Extraordinary Atmosphere. Perfectly Situated in Damaraland, right on the Route to and from Etosha. Enjoy the Huab Sound of Silence.

     
       itravelgreen®West Virginiais a benchmarking, sustainability performance assessment, and branding program for travel and tourism organizations in the U.S. state of West Virginia that make commitments to continually improve economic, environmental, and socio-cultural performance.  itravelgreen®West Virginiauses the enviroIndex™Sustainability Rating System to assess, on a numerical scale, the relative impacts of key economic, environmental, and socio-cultural performance indicators.  itravelgreen®West Virginia is a program of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection whose mission is promoting a healthy environment along with the commitment to protect and improve the quality of life for all of West Virginia’s citizens.  To learn more about itravelgreen® West Virginia, visit www.dep.wv.gov/sustainablewv/itgwv
InstitutodeTurismo Instituto de Turismo Responsible (ITR) as created after the World Conference on Sustainable Tourism (1995).  It is an independent organization, associated with UNESCO and UNWTO (World Tourism Organization). The IRT was founded with the aim of putting sustainable development programmes and actions into practice within the tourist industry. So, the IRT developed the RESPONSIBLE TOURISM SYSTEM (RTS) whose general objective is to be one of the vehicles to promote sustainable tourism models for tourism destination. 
intercontinentalnewyork InterContinental Barclay New York, restored to its 1926 neo-Federal style, welcomes guests with personalized service, residential warmth and luxury. Located in midtown Manhattan’s eastside, the Barclay is the hotel of choice for the world's business, diplomatic, cultural and social circles, offering 685 well-appointed guest rooms, including 86 suites and 18 function rooms.  “Sustainability in the City” is the Barclay’s holistic sustainable hospitality program embracing social and ecological consciousness. Evolving into a model of sustainability urban hospitality, the Barclay is noted for its “Adoption” of a school, green purchasing, CFL bulbs, employee well-being and integrated charitable initiatives wherever and whenever possible.
Journey Mexico specializes in crafting unique, authentic and unexpected travel experiences for the discerning and sophisticated traveler. Whether you would like to travel to Mexico to explore Mayan ruins, relax in a hacienda, visit islands in Baja’s Sea of Cortes, search for handicrafts in markets, or adventure in the Copper Canyon, we take great pride in sharing Mexico’s natural beauty and rich cultural heritage in the company of our warm, friendly people. Mexico is a land full of wonder and inspiration, and the Journey Mexico travel experts look forward to assisting you with your upcoming travel to Mexico. A Journey Mexico vacation is one that will surely exceed your expectations.

The mission of KAI Sustainable Coaching  is to enhance the competitiveness of the tourism companies in Latin America, through the integration of sustainability principles into their management systems. We build and implement, along with your business, a robust and adaptable system, aligned with your operation needs, which allows optimizing the management of your company resources as part of their continuous improvement processes and corporate culture. We have extensive experience and a work platform that includes tools and methods to guide and accompany your business in the achievement of its goals of Sustainable Management, and thus the recognition of verification and certification programs as part of its competitive strategy. Contacts: www.kaicoaching.com or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mesones Sacristia Puebla Boutique Hotel sheltered in a modest colonial-style building, with robust wooden doors and traditional balconies. The Mesón Sacristía de la Compañía delights upon very entrance into the building with an internal patio that transports guests to the Mexico of the nineteenth century, Its interior decorating combines rustic furnishings with lovely, magnificently preserved antique objects.The doors have been beautifully framed with Talavera tiles and gold leaf details. Each suite has been ornamented in a unique and individual manner with antiques, which should you desire, you may easily acquire and take home with you as veracious testimony of your enchanting stay. The Espinosa Family, owners of the Hotel, have dedicated themselves to the antique trade for generations, a logical explanation for their abundant presence in Puebla city.At Mesón Sacristía experience the best of colonial Mexico and get an extraordinary personalized service.

       

Meaningful Trip is a trusted pioneer in responsible, adventure, volunteer and eco travel with 20 years of experience spanning 70 countries worldwide.  Tours address and lend financial support to important development issues (women’s empowerment, youth, education, health, poverty-alleviation and social justice).   We feature small groups, top guides and award-winning partners.  Join us in Colombia, Turkey, Israel/Palestine, Nepal, India, and Vietnam.  We offer customized philanthropy, donor and CSR programs.  We believe that meaningful travel… and YOU… can change the world!     www.MeaningfulTrip.com

logos-mexico Mexico Tourism Board - In Mexico’s tourism sector, members of the federal and local government as well as the private sector have been practicing a number of sustainable practices for many years. Mexico is home to more than 100,000 monuments built between the XVI and the XIX centuries, and about 300,000 archeological sites with 173 open to the public. In addition, Mexico has 174 protected natural areas covering 13% of the Mexican territory.  Of the 174, 40 are Biosphere Reserves that cover 6.5% of the territory. Thirty one places have been recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage sites because of their cultural, natural or mixed landmarks. Mexico developed Magical Towns, a program that has been able to convert culturally rich towns into visitor-friendly destinations through the help of funds from local, state and federal efforts.  The program has attracted tourists and improved the lives of locals living in cities across Mexico. It is the Mexico Tourism Board honor to continue its responsibility in aligning our efforts with Sustainable Tourism Council’s mission.
HSAC Mount Huangshan Scenic Area Administrative Committee (HSAC) is an organization legislatively ratified by the standing committees of the People’s Congress of Anhui Province and authorized by the Huangshan Municipal Government to conduct the overall management of Mt.Huangshan.HSAC has four functions,including strategic planning, protecting the resources and environment, promoting tourism development and coordinating the interests of communities. Mt. Huangshan is the only one featuring mountainous landscape among “the top ten scenic areas in China”. Mt.Huangshan was listed in“World Cultural and Natural Heritage” site in 1990 by UNESCO. By 2009, Mt Huangshan Tourism Development Group, established by the HSAC, managing nearly 50 enterprises with the total number of employees about more than 6,000 people. It is one of “the Top 20 Chinese Tourism Groups”,including travel agency management group, cable-car companies, company specialized in scenic area management, cultural development tourism company, and star-rated hotels.
    

Nature & Portugal takes sustainability away from rhetoric and into practice. With 100% personalized touristic packages, due to our huge network, we can achieve an optimization of resources which is the basis of any sustainable intent.Nature & Portugal allows you, through its sustainable programs, to explore a country (Portugal) that has so much to offer and that so few dared to share in a qualified manner. We want to eliminate barriers, so that North and South, East and West complement each other ....There are no limits, but there are principles that will make these days an awesome and sustainable time. 

NEPCon_logo NEPCon is an international not-for-profit organization working to encourage sustainable use of natural resources worldwide. Enterprises committed to environmental and social sustainability deserve recognition in the marketplace and we work with a range of third-party certification and verification systems that serve this purpose. These include FSC certification of forests and wood industries, Rainforest Alliance legality verification and verification of carbon forestry projects; learn more about NEPCon on our website at www.nepcon.net. Knowledge empowers people to make the right choices and we help foster positive change through our involvement in innovative projects coupled with delivering credible auditing services and tailored corporate responsibility consultancy. All of our services enable our customers to communicate their commitments to their clients and the public: Show that you care – responsible business solutions! 
Nordic World Heritage Foundation is a category II centre, working under the auspices of UNESCO, supporting the implementation of UNESCO's World Heritage Convention (1972).NWHF is organised as a non-profit Foundation supporting international activities within the programme framework of UNESCO. The Foundation was established on a permanent basis in 2002 by the Government of Norway in cooperation with the other Nordic Governments and UNESCO. An Agreement of Cooperation between UNESCO and the Norwegian Government concerning NWHF defines the operational policy context of NWHF's activities. The secretariat has four permanent staff members and the office is located in Oslo, Norway. Basic funding is provided annually by the Norwegian Ministry of Environment.  
ONV_ECO_RESORT_FOR_HOLISTIC_HEALTH-FINAL_MAR_10 Our Native Village is an eco resort for holistic health that aims to reconnect people with simple, earthy yet joyful experiences that are far away memories now… reconnect to nature, to loved ones, to themselves… As an eco resort, we generate over 70% of our electricity using a wind mill, solar panels and bio gas plants. Most of our water is rain water, all our construction is eco construction, using bricks that were made onsite using the soil from the foundation excavation and then sun baked. We process and reuse all our waste. Most of the vegetables in the kitchen are from our 12 acre organic farm. Even the soaps and shampoos in the rooms are natural, organic and handmade exclusively for our resort. And last but not the least, we have the regions first fully natural swimming pool, where we use aquatic plants to clean the swimming pool rather than chemicals.  From a holistic health perspective, we help people overcome ‘dis-eases’ of the body. They spend 21 days and get on the pathway to reverse diseases like diabetics, heart disease, allergies, autoimmune diseases, cancer and obesity. A range of holistic heath tools like compassionate food (animal-protein-&-oil-free-food), breath work, ayurveda, yoga, meditation, acupressure, pranayamas, mudras, past life regression, etc., are used to achieve healing at a deep level. Our Soul Spa, uses new age techniques like past Life Regression and helps people over come challenges that life throws at us. We have 17 different programmes ranging from trauma management to renewing marriages to purpose of life programmes. All this is done in a joyful and play full environment, where guests play village games, sing & dance around a fire, go on bullock cart rides, etc.
PATP Pacific Asia Tourism Pty Ltd, is a private, project driven, sustainable tourism development company registered in Australia, working throughout the Asia Pacific region.. We have a focus on responsible and sustainable tourism development through our consulting, investments, and operational activities – especially in developing and transition countries in Asia Pacific where sustainable tourism to contribute to the Millennium Development Goals. We engage in a range of travel philanthropy activities in the Mekong, Melanesia, Polynesia and Indonesia. Founding Partner of the Oceania Sustainable Tourism Alliance and active investors in Ecolodges Indonesia. For a number of years, we have actively supported the development of what has now emerged as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. We support the SAVE Travel Alliance and we are an Australian Partner Organisation with the AusAID funded AYAD – Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development. 
PERSPICA is a Berlin-based consulting firm for Integrated Sustainability Management. We pride ourselves on our collaboration and diversity. Our innovative solutions are created while we work together with all stakeholders. This allows us to achieve a position that would be difficult to reach without the cultural and professional diversity of our team. From the development of new tourist areas to the creation of a Corporate Social Responsibility program; we assist companies in all aspects of sustainability; from concept to implementation phases. With the appropriate means and corresponding expertise we organize the economic, environmental and social impacts of projects and support this through communication and facilitation.
Planeterra is a non-profit organization with a long history of supporting sustainable community development through travel and voluntourism. By getting to know local people in the communities we visit, we are able to help identify individual needs and act quickly to meet them.  Our range of over 30 projects worldwide - providing water tanks to families in Kenya to a women's weaving co-operative in Peru - offer travelers with a few hours, a few days, or a few dollars to spare, a unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people and communities around the world.
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Q Certification H&R is an organization in the certification field for “Hotel and Restaurant Professionals”. The company is also providing guidelines and standards, for professions accreditation according to ISO17024:2003, and technical assistance for certification syllabus development, for all the relevant Tourism job occupations. The company’s main offices are located in Athens, Greece, and we maintain offices as well in Nicosia, Cyprus and Guantsu, China. Q Certification H&R's mission is to certify the knowledge, competencies and skills for Tourist and Hospitality industry. Sustainability aspects on our certification schemes are of main future objectives, as we believe that sustainability is an essential component in a rapidly changing and competitive hospitality marketplace.

The Rainforest Alliance is helping people to change their land-use practices, setting standards for the long-term sustainable use of resources so that we can conserve the planet’s great wealth of biodiversity and help people use the resources they need without compromising them for future generations. By reducing the deleterious impacts of forestry, agriculture and tourism — especially in ecologically critical regions — and improving the lives and livelihoods of people living and working in these areas, the Rainforest Alliance is setting new standards. With more than 35,000 members, over 20 years experience and projects active in more than 75 countries, we are recognized as a world leader in the successful design and implementation of conservation measures and methods that will sustain our Earth’s people and places for decades to come.
Rara_Avis_logo Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge & Reserve, established in 1983 in Costa Rica, is a pioneer, internationally renowned rainforest conservation and ecotourism project. It exists to save rainforest: it shows that conservation is more productive than destruction. Visitors enjoy a wilderness experience, learn about how the rainforest works, appreciate its richness and splendor – and have fun. It is a place of great natural beauty in a large private rainforest reserve – true wilderness – bordering Braulio Carrillo National Park. Over 362 species of birds have been found at Rara Avis. There is a good chance to see monkeys, anteaters, or coatimundis if you walk silently through the forest, or to spot the tracks of tapirs and jungle cats.  The treetops are festooned with vines, lianas, bromeliads, and orchids, and there are more kinds of plants, birds, and butterflies than in all of Europe. Rara Avis is Costa Rica's oldest and purest Rainforest Lodge.

Responsible Hotels is a for-profit company dedicated to help companies, events and travelers to make better decisions in their accomodation arrangement based upon the principles of responsible tourism and both transparent information from hotels and real travelers reviews. We work hard to build the largest directory and most reliable source of information of tourist accomodation in the world. Each hotel is rated on a scale of 0 to 10, our indicators and simple and based on energy efficiency, customer satisfaction, authenticity and corporate social responsability. For more information, please visit www.responsiblehotels.travel

royal-caribbean Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd is a global cruise vacation company. Last year, our brands carried nearly four-million guests, visiting approximately 400 destinations worldwide. In everything we do, RCL is ever conscious of a very special, and very certain, responsibility. Simply put, we must protect the marine environment and sustain the well-being of the people and places we serve. We strive to achieve the highest standards of environmental and community stewardship through our Save the Waves® program. What began in 1992 as a program focused on waste management has evolved into a company-wide philosophy of social responsibility, environmental protection and good corporate citizenship. We recognize our guests are natural advocates for marine conservation, so we strive to nurture a level of engagement with them, whatever their age, about these important issues. And no matter what we have already accomplished, we are driven by two words: continuous improvement.
Sabre Holdings is committed to being the traveler's champion -- before, during and after the trip. In keeping with that commitment, Travelocity - a Sabre affiliate - was the first major online travel company to offer voluntourism grants and carbon offset options to its customers. These core elements are the bedrock of Travelocity’s Travel For Good program mission: to better the world, one trip at a time by embracing travel as an agenSustainable Agriculture Network, International Union for Nature’s Conservation, Mesoamerican Tourism Alliance, NatureServe, Sustainable Tourism  Certification Network of the Americas, BirdLife International and  Mesoamerican pine-oak Conservation Alliance.t for positive change.
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Salva Natura is a private, nonpartisan, and nonprofit foundation created in 1989 dedicated to environmental conservation, climate change adaptation, sustainable development and quality of life improtvement for the population of El Salvador and the Mesoamerican region. Salva Natura is a member of the Sustainable Agriculture Networ, International Union for Nature's Conservation, Mesoamerican Tourism Allinace, NatureServe, Sustainable Tourism Certification Network of the Americas, BirdLife International and Mesoamerican Pine-Oak Conservation Alliance.   Salva Natural Protects El Imposible & Los Volcanes National Parks, and the protected natural area Parque Los Pericos, promotes sustainable agriculture and tourism, generates scientific knowledge on biodiversity, promotes corporate social responsibility providing technical assistance and promotes environmental education and citizen participation to preserve and ensure the environmental services of protected natural areas.

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San Francisco Department of the Environment is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. SFE's mission is to improve, enhance, and preserve the environment, and to promote San Francisco's long-term well-being. SFE administers a wide range of programs that constitute a core part of the City & County's vision for sustainability, such as Energy Conservation, Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction, Transportation, Environmental Justice, Green Building and Green Business Recognition Programs.  In addition to implementing innovative environmental programs, SFE also fosters ground breaking legislation and educates the public about sustainability.

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For the past 25 years, Select International Tours and Cruises has been recognized around the world for unmatched design and operation of special interest tours to European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern (Holy Land, Egypt and Jordan) destinations. Providing the ultimate travel experience to hundreds of private interest groups, Select International’s clients include churches, schools, alumni groups, sport groups, non-profit & affinity organizations, choirs, bands, performing arts groups, retirement clubs, families, and hobby clubs (food, wine, gardening, etc.). Focused on providing superior quality combined with unbeatable value, Select International offers personalized service with unparalleled care. Specializing in religious pilgrimages has allowed Select International to fully understand the importance of sustainable and responsible travel practices. Strongly committed to providing future generations with the same travel experiences, we are always striving to innovate and improve. Select International is proud to have recently introduced a not-for-profit initiative, Select to Give, which supports local capacity building projects.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 75 000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1 500 offices and laboratories around the world. We can provide integrated solutions that utilise our expertise in performance assessments, testing, certification and training to help the Hospitality industry overcome their challenges, whether these concern Safety, Sustainability or Service performance. Leveraging the largest independent network, with a presence in nearly every single region around the globe, our experts speak the local language, understand the culture of the local market and operate in a consistent and reliable manner.
ShrinkingFootprint shrinkingfootprint is a strategic resource for businesses, governments and communities looking to accelerate progress to a more sensible and sustainable future. shrinkingfootprint founder and president, Andy Dumaine, brings an engaging and collaborative approach to the process of creating and implementing sustainable development plans.  Since 2005,  shrinkingfootprint has worked with tourism, agriculture, fisheries and economic development agencies in the United States and around the world maximizing the benefits of growth while minimizing the cost.
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Snow Leopard Adventures Pvt. Ltd., India’s first ISO 9001: 2008 certified adventure travel outfit, operates adventure tours in the Indian Subcontinent. Be it river rafting on the Ganga, trekking in the Himalayas, mountain biking in Garhwal, sea kayaking  tours in Kerala or Trans-Himalayan jeep safaris, Snow Leopard Adventures assures you of a safe yet exciting experience. Meticulous planning, tremendous emphasis on safety and "eco-sense" form the foundation of each of our trips. The company operates five picturesque tented campsites nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas near Rishikesh, with an upcoming adventure camp project in Madhya Pradesh, in the heart of India.  We are proud to state that our company has pioneered sea kayaking in Kerala and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. We also have a large number of domestic and international schools visiting our campsites to experience the ‘spirit of adventure’ in the great Himalayan outdoors. Snow Leopard Adventures is committed towards promoting eco-friendly adventure tourism in India.

Solimar International is a tourism development firm dedicated to promoting the goals of sustainable tourism by providing marketing, sales, and consulting services to tourism businesses, associations, development agencies, and national tourism authorities. Solimar takes an innovative approach to tourism development, integrating proven business solutions with years of collective experience in tourism consulting, creative services, marketing, and travel operations. Our aim is to transfer knowledge, business processes and market linkages to local entrepreneurs that in turn are able to pass on this knowledge to tourism MSMEs, improve industry cooperation, and create business linkages, all while improving destination market opportunities and growth.
STALogo STA Travel is the global leader in travel for students and young adults, witha global annual turnover of USD 1.2 billion and an excess of 2.5 million customers per annum. With over 2,000 staff in more than 300 retail branches, STA Travel operates in 12 countries around the world. STA Travel's branch network is based in key locations for the convenience of the student and youth market place - campus, high streets and shopping centres.
The Sustainable Tourism Laboratory was created to assist communities using sustainable tourism strategies.  After 25 years of developing tourism in America’s Industrial Birthplace, the Tourism Laboratory seeks to share lessons learned from its post-industrialized landscape.  The Laboratory focuses on enhancing communities for their greatest economic return without compromising the quality of life of its residents.  Sponsored by the Rhode Island's Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, its programs are based on their experiences taking the Valley from a non-existent destination to a destination in the northeast that has contributed greatly to its culture, society and economic development. 

Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan (STFP) mission is to promote and facilitate the growth of sustainable and equitable tourism in Pakistan in close partnership with concerned stakeholders from public, private and NGO sectors. Over the last two years STFP has done excellent work by creating awareness about the concepts of ecotourism, responsible tourism and sustainable tourism in Pakistan. Our own office operation and field projects are living example of this aspect as we promote zero waste camping practices, we promote energy conservation, recycling and water conservation in our office under our Green Office Policy and tour operation and we encourage our field trip participants to become responsible travelers by following our eco-tour guidelines.

logos-spirit-bigfive The Spirit of Big Five Foundation, a non-profit organization, is committed to the principles of sustainable tourism.  The foundation seeks support projects working in the areas of conservation, poverty alleviation, education and healthcare in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.   Spirit of Big Five Foundation is funded by the Sanghrajka family, the founders of Big Five Tours & Expeditions, but welcomes donations to specific projects, which are listed on the foundation’s website, www.spiritofbigfive.org.  Please note that we carefully review the projects we support. To honor the spirit of dedication to making a positive difference in the world, Spirit of Big Five Foundation guarantees that 100% of any donation goes directly to the project(s) designated by each donor.
Sustainable Travel International (STI) is a globally recognized non-profit organization.  STI’s mission is to promote sustainable development through responsible travel by providing programs that help travelers, businesses and destinations protect the environment, preserve cultural heritage and contribute to economic development. STI is dedicated to taking a holistic approach to addressing sustainable development within the travel and tourism industries by providing solutions-oriented programs that generate tangible results and affect long-lasting change.
ties_logo The International Ecotourism Society is the largest and oldest ecotourism organization in the world dedicated to promoting ecotourism. As a non-profit, non-governmental and multi-stakeholder association, TIES is unique in its efforts to provide guidelines and standards, training, technical assistance, research and publications to foster sound ecotourism development. TIES' global network of ecotourism professionals and travelers is leading the efforts to make tourism a viable tool for conservation, poverty alleviation, protection of culture and bio-diversity, sustainable development and educational, as well as enjoyable, travel. TIES currently has members in more than 90 countries, representing various fields including academics, consultants, conservation professionals and organizations, governments, architects, tour operators, lodge owners and managers, general development experts, and ecotourists.
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TourCert has the not-for-profit objective of promoting sustainable business operations in tourism through credible training, auditing and certification. In TourCert experts from tourism, universities, environment and development organizations and politics are assembled, each contributing many years of experience in their field. They stand for qualified training, consultancy and certification. The European organizations German Church Development Service – Tourism Watch, KATE Center for Ecology & Development, Naturefriends International and University of Applied Sciences, Eberswalde are involved as partners. The criteria for certification and the label “CSR Tourism certified” are in the hands of an independent certification council. The label is the official distinction for sustainability and corporate responsibility in tourism.

TravelFoundation Founded in 2003, The Travel Foundation is the travel industry’s own charity, set up to respond to concerns over the sustainability of travel and tourism.We are an independent UK charity which helps the travel industry understand, manage and take effective action on sustainable tourism. We exist to protect and enhance the environment and improve the well-being of destination communities, as well as the holiday experience for visitors. 
tourismcareslogo Tourism Cares was formed by the combining of the National Tourism Foundation, founded by the National Tour Association in 1982, and the Travelers Conservation Foundation, founded in 1999 by the United States Tour Operators Association. The resulting non-profit organization benefits society by preserving the travel experience for future generations through awarding grants to natural, cultural and historic sites worldwide; by presenting academic and service-focused scholarships to hospitality and tourism students; and by organizing volunteer efforts to restore tourism-related sites in need of care and rejuvenation.
Tourism Concern is an independent, non-industry based, UK charity focused on fighting exploitation in tourism. The organization has a membership of almost 900 and works with partners in over 20 destination countries to ensure that tourism always benefits local people. Tourism Concern is the only organization in Europe actively campaigning on tourism and human rights issues, working tirelessly to expose and challenge tourism's exploitative practices. Tourism Concern takes a solution driven approach and has played a crucial role in promoting forms of tourism that provide meaningful benefits to people in destination communities.

Founded in 2000 with the backing of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which currently hosts the Secretariat, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-World Heritage Center (UNESCO WHC), the Tour Operators’ Initiative for Sustainable Tourism Development (TOI) is an association of leading international tour operators fully engaged in advancing UN system goals of sustainable development in respect of tourism.Individual TOI member companies recognize that they are directly responsible for safeguarding destinations and, from a business perspective, for offering a good product to clients while preserving the future of their business. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) becomes therefore the foundation for long-term economic success and competitiveness of their companies. The TOI serves as a forum for research, information exchange, capacity building and to pragmatically promote sound tourism development at destinations by optimising tour operators’ capacity to influence tourism development and destinations’ life cycles; provide a long-term vision for the competitiveness and attractiveness of destinations; and encourage responsible travel choices and behaviours to consumers. http://www.toinitiative.org/

TUI Travel is one of the world's leading leisure travel companies operating in over 180 countries with more than 30 million customers in 31 key source markets. Headquartered in the UK, the Group employs approximately 53,000 people and operates a pan-European airline. TUI Travel’s vision is to make travel experiences special with a firm commitment to sustainability. Sustainable development priorities include reducing carbon emissions, taking care in destinations and engaging colleagues and customers in sustainability. TUI Travel is listed on the FTSE4Good Index for meeting strict social, environmental and governance standards. For more information, please visit www.tuitravelplc.com/sustainability

barcelonaturisme The Turisme de Barcelona Consortium is responsible for promoting the Catalan capital as a tourist destination. It is composed of an amalgamation of the Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping and the Barcelona Promotion Foundation on the one hand, and Barcelona Municipal Council, on the other. They are its parents and have equal status. Turisme de Barcelona was founded in 1993 with the involvement of local government and the business world that hold an equal share in the organisation. Experience has taught us that this model isn’t easy to achieve. 
  unep_logo United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.  The UNEP Governing Council reports to the UN General Assembly through teh Economic and Social Council.
  UN United Nations Foundation (UNF), a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support United Nations causes and activities. The Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. The UNF helps the UN take its best work and ideas to scale—through advocacy, partnerships, constituency building and fund-raising.
UNWTO_p07 United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is a specialized agency of the United ‎Nations and the leading international organization in the field of tourism. It serves as a ‎global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how.‎  UNWTO plays a central and decisive role in promoting the development of responsible, ‎sustainable and universally accessible tourism, paying particular attention to the ‎interests of developing countries.  The Organization encourages the implementation ‎of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, with a view to ensuring that member ‎countries, tourist destinations and businesses maximize the positive economic, ‎social and cultural effects of tourism and fully reap its benefits, while minimizing its ‎negative social and environmental impacts.‎  Its membership includes 160 countries and territories and more than 350 Affiliate ‎Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations ‎and local tourism authorities.‎
UNT_SMHM_Logo The programs at The University of North Texas School of Merchandising and Management 

represent high growth global industries with growing demands for highly skilled, technologically-oriented employees. The mission of our school is to provide excellence in educational programs and research that result in national recognition as a leader in preparing professionals for careers in the merchandising, hospitality, and tourism industries. The UNT Merchandising program is the largest in the United States, offering BS degrees in Merchandising, Home Furnishings Merchandising, and Digital Retailing.  Graduate degrees include the MS in Merchandising; a dual MS/MBA degree; and Graduate Certificates in Merchandising or Event Planning. The Hospitality Management program at UNT is the 7th largest in the United States and offers both BS and MS degrees in Hospitality Management; a dual MS/MBA degree; a joint MS in International Sustainable Tourism with CATIE in Costa Rica; and 12-hour Graduate Certificates in Hospitality Management or Event Planning.

University of Utah-Dept of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, Sustainable Tourism Management is where education and citizenship combine to enhance the quality of life for the world we touch. The department's mission is to create, share, and apply knowledge about park, recreation, and tourism resources and phenomena in order to advance the intellectual and professional development of students, serve social needs, inform policy, promote economic development, and foster health and the quality of life for individuals, families, communities, and the environment.  The department serves Bachelor of Science through PhD, offering courses and research projects on all facets of sustainable tourism development and natural resource management.
wildchina WildChina is a premium, sustainable travel company based in Beijing. Started in 2000 by Mei Zhang, a native of Yunnan Province and a Harvard MBA, WildChina offers distinctive, ecologically sensitive journeys to all corners of China. WildChina creates bespoke trips highlighted by rich personal interactions and superior access to experts and venues. We cater to an exclusive and sophisticated clientele interested in exploring the real China behind the world-beating factories. At WildChina, adventure and luxury are synonymous, meaning that we bring comfort to a truly distinctive experience. We plan every trip with the knowledge that our guests expect the highest quality of service and pride ourselves on our meticulous attention to detail.  Whether interested in seeing an untouched landscape, or exploring another side of Shanghai, WildChina’s journeys will undoubtedly allow you to Experience China Differently!
WoodCert  Wood Certification Pvt. Ltd. was incorporated in 2005 under the Indians Companies Act of 1956. WoodCert is involved in training, third party inspection, forest certification, chain of custody certification, and validation and veritifcaion of forestry carbon projects per frameworks such as CCBA, CCX, Plan Vivo and ISO 14064. WoodCert also participates in VLO and VLC certification and verification.
 
Screen_shot_2010-09-14_at_5.19.41_PM Created in December 2006, the World Centre of Excellence for Destinations, a non-profit organization based in Montréal, is an innovative and powerful tool created with the assistance of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with which it is linked through a memorandum of understanding. The mission of the CED is to contribute to guiding tourist destinations around the world towards excellence by: developing their competitiveness; facilitating the achievement of their sustainable development objectives; improving the quality of the experience offered to tourists and visitors; sustaining or enhancing the geographical character of a place, (i.e. its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and well-being of its residents); and providing destinations with strategic information on the main issues concerning them. The CED acts as a catalyst for partnerships and collaborations with public and private stakeholders such as: Destination Management Organizations (DMOs), associations and experts from the tourist industry, universities, and civil society at large.
Zeitz_Logo The Zeitz Foundation promotes an innovative approach to sustainable  ecosystem management which aims to achieve sustainability through a balance of conservation, community, culture and commerce (the 4Cs). Our aim is to encourage action today for a better tomorrow. Our vision is of an ecosphere – our planet and all of its life-sustaining regions – maintained in the healthiest possible state, with the major contribution to that health coming from people making sustainable choices. Founded in 2008 by business entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz, Chairman and CEO of PUMA AG, the Zeitz Foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in Kenya and with representation in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Individual Members


Gretchen Anderson

A highly accomplished, dynamic travel and tourism professional with 15 years of experience, Gretchen is responsible for driving travel strategies and initiatives to grow revenue and profitability. With experience in domestic and international tours and cruises, she is skilled in negotiating contracts with partners and travel suppliers to secure optimal terms. In her position as a Travel Executive with AAA, Gretchen has participated on national committees working with leaders throughout the industry.  She initiated AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah’s membership in World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism and most recently was a member of the Governing Body.   While currently residing in northern California, Gretchen will be relocating to Colorado in January, 2011 where she plans to continue her work in the travel and tourism sector, focusing on sustainable tourism.

Fabrizio Antognelli

Fabrizio Antognelli is a Tuscany Master craftsman, with almost 25 years of professional experience in processing, transformation and marketing of High Quality foods products, including specific expertise in food hygiene and conservation procedures. After a three-month visit to Rwanda in 1998, Fabrizio decided to continue to exercise his profession, but with different aims, namely to study and implement “training on the job” courses for poor and marginalized Africans in cooking, pastry, baking, and agro food processing for the tourism industry. To ensure high quality of the courses and their future sustainability, each course works with a company building during the project (usually managed by local NGO) in the tourism sector. Each professional course is supported by curriculum on self-esteem, awareness of personal ambitions, and management of working and social lives. Mr. Antognelli currently lives and works in Inhambane, Mozambique, where he is working to raise a Socio-Professional Training Centre, experimenting with new methods of training and promotion of local products.

Rosemary Black

Dr Rosemary Black is a Senior Lecturer in Ecotourism and Environmental Communication at Charles Sturt University in Australia, where she teaches and researches ecotourism, environmental communication, tour guiding, sustainability and evaluation. She has worked in the ecotourism industry as a tour guide and operations manager in Nepal, India, Antarctica, China, Tibet, Australia and Fiji. Rosemary has published over 30 journal articles and book chapters and edited three books in the fields of ecotourism, tour guiding, interpretation, environmental education and natural resource management.  She is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Ecotourism and the Journal of Interpretation Research. She is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature – Commission on Education and Communication and holds a Ministerial appointment on the NSW Southern Ranges Region Advisory Committee. Rosemary co-edited the books “Quality Assurance and Certification in Ecotourism” and “Interpreting the Land Downunder: Australian Heritage Interpretation and Tour Guiding”

 
Francois Odendaal Francois Odendaal has worked on tourism master plans, community-based tourism developments, tourism policy and guidelines, and have trained government officials, NGOs and the private sector from 18 different countries in Africa alone. He also wrote a book on environmental assessment of tourism in coastal areas that was translated from English into French and Portuguese and used in most East African and Indian Ocean Island States. He received his doctorate from the Flinders University in South Australia and did research at Stanford University, Duke University, the University of Cape Town and Connecticut State University. He runs the EcoAfrica Group of Companies (www.ecoafrica.co.za)
Cathy Parsons Cathy has been involved with promoting sustainable tourism since 1994. Over the past 5 years she has been an active member of the International Advisory Council and the Temporary Executive Board of the Tourism Sustainability Council and its predecessors. She has also been a participant in the Accreditation Working Group, providing practical advice based on her experience managing a global certification program. During the period 2001 to 2006, Cathy was the CEO of the global tourism certification program, Green Globe. She was responsible for all aspects of delivering the program to tourism operations in over 50 countries with the objective of achieving a more sustainable tourism industry. During this time she participated in activities arranged by the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Stewardship Council from 2003 and arranged for the involvement of Green Globe in the Certification Network of the Americas though the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism. As a senior executive in the Australian Government Department of Tourism from 1995 to 1998, Cathy was responsible for both program administration and policy development in relation to regional tourism development and the environmental sustainability of the tourism industry. She supported the industry in developing the world’s first national ecotourism certification program. Cathy worked closely with the Australian Tourism Industry Association and was invited to participate in their Environment Committee, developing policies to lead to a more sustainable tourism industry in Australia. Cathy is currently a judge of the Qantas Sustainable Tourism Awards in the Australian Capital Territory and a part time consultant in urban planning.
Geoff Penrose

Geoff Penrose has worked in quality management and tourism certification for over 15 years. Former CEO of Qualmark New Zealand Ltd from 2004 to 2010, Geoff was responsible for the design and introduction of the first quality and environmental system that combined a national star rating system for accommodation with environmental and sustainable criteria.  Geoff has also developed certification systems for eco activities and sites and now runs an advisory service (www.worldclasstourism.com) designed to assist communities and companies improve their experience through design led customised certification systems. Geoff has an MBA degree, post graduate diploma and undergraduate degree in economics. Geoff works globally from his base in Auckland, New Zealand.

Anna Spenceley

Dr Anna Spenceley is a tourism specialist based in South Africa. She is president and founder of Spenceley Tourism and Development, providing a range of innovative solutions in sustainable tourism globally. In 2009, Anna was the Senior Tourism Advisor and Regional Knowledge Network Leader with the Netherlands Development Agency SNV in Rwanda.  Before joining SNV, she consulted for a wide range of institutions including the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the  International Trade Centre of UNCTAD, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the World Conservation Union (IUCN), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Columbia University, Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa, and the International Ecotourism Society. Anna is a member of a number of professional associations. She is Chair of  the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group, on the ExCo of the IUCN-WCPA Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group, and a member of  the IUCN’s Southern African Sustainable Use Specialist Group (SASUSG). She also acts on the Interim Advisory Committee of the Tourism Sustainability Council.  Anna is on the editorial board of the International Journal for Sustainable Tourism, the Journal of Educational Travel and also the journal of South African National Parks: Koedoe.  Anna is the editor of "Responsible Tourism: Critical issues for Conservation and Development" and also co-editor of "Evolution and Innovation in Wildlife Conservation".

Jonathan B. Tourtellot

National Geographic Fellow; Founding Director, National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations; and Geotourism Editor, National Geographic Traveler. Tourtellot initiated and supervises the annual Destination Stewardship surveys in National Geographic Traveler magazine. He originated the concept of geotourism as "tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place-its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents." The Geotourism Principles have been adopted by destinations from Norway and Guatemala to Portugal's Douro Valley and the city of Montreal. He helped develop the study Geotourism: The New Trend in Travel, a landmark USTA survey of traveler attitudes about sustainability.

 

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