Our Members

Members

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.


To ensure the quality and commitment of our members and that your name will be associated with those that are taking strides towards implementing and promoting sustainable tourism practices, we have established a rigorous process for selection of members.

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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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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).
                                       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.

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 embodiestwo basic principles: the link between "ecology" and "economy" as well as the transfer and publication of know-how and hence greater transparency.
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EnvCML is a consulting firm in the field of sustainable tourism. We provide expert advice for the development and the promotion of sustainable tourism practices. Towards this direction we have assigned a network of professionals to provide business solutions, management and marketing plans, technical assistance and capacity building for companies and organizations that are interested in adopting an environmentally friendly policy. The company has futher developed and manages a certification program called "Ecological Tourism" for businesses and organizations operating in the areas of tourism and foodservices (i.e. hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars, tourist destinations). The standards and criteria of the "EcoLogical" awards have been developed on the basis of the international principles of sustainable development, adjusted to current needs of global tourism industry, with respect to the Environmental policy and legislation of the European Union.

Our main long term objective is to support local and regional development by preserving ecosystems services. We greatly acknowledge that sustainable tourism represents the only option that leads to responsible development, to the economical prosperity of a business making a service competitive and attractive under the changing economic and environmental conditions. The "EcoLogical" certification program ensures that travelers could visit hotels and foodservice businesses, that offer high standards of hospitality, luxury, green products and services. An awarded, "EcoLogical" company fulfills requirements for the reduction of carbon and water footprints, the conservation of biodiversity, the preservation of ecosystem services, by further respecting local and traditional customs, food and architecture

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
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.
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. 
 

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

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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. 

 

 

  

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 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.

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.

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.
Khiri 

Khiri Travel is more than just another tour supplier. As an independently owned high-end travel supplier, Khiri offers the chance to veer off the beaten path and to discover something utterly new. Rather than simply lead tourists through the same predictable litany of guidebook highlights, our tours take adventurers deep into the heart of Southeast Asian culture. Agents who partner with Khiri have the unique opportunity to provide their clients with immersive experiences, such as visiting untainted communities, engaging with local populations, and encountering things they may never have discovered on their own. Our guides are able to offer this level of authenticity because we have spent years building genuine relationships in each of our host countries. We have offices on the ground in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia and Cambodia. In each country, our employees reach out to their communities through a series of socially and environmentally minded projects. Khiri shares profits and business with locals, creating jobs and a steady source of income. Our philanthropic work is so extensive that we have a separate charity group (KhiriReach) dedicated to improving the lives of the underprivileged and the environments in which they live. In one of the world's fastest growing tourism regions, Khiri provides an intimate, personalized and meaningful alternative to generic package trips. Our tours can all be customized to suit individual or group needs, and to help travelers experience this region in a way they will never forget.

For more information, please visit khiri.com

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LightBlue is a pioneer consulting, auditing and training company supporting hotels in Optimizing Sustainability, Staff Performance and Profitability in daily operations.  Social innovation is at the heart of LightBlue's approach to hotel sustainability. Based on our clients' unique needs, resources, positioning and objectives, we design sur-mesure solutions that foster staff proactive engagement, durably integrate sustainability in hotels' DNA and lead to improved Standard Operating Procedures on Energy, Water and Waste Management, Chemicals, Health and Safety and Food Waste Prevention.  These cost-effective changes result in increased human and financial performance throughout hotels' key departments, and have a dramatic impact on service quality, employees' retention rate, local communities, resource efficiency and marketing opportunities.

Solutions provided by LightBlue are guided by GSTC's criteria for hotels. www.lightblueconsulting.com

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.
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.
 PATA Since 1951 the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has led from the front as the leading voice and authority on travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region. PATA is a membership association acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. In partnership with PATA's private and public sector members, we enhance the sustainable growth, value and quality of travel and tourism to, from and within the region.

Learn more about PATA by visiting our website: www.pata.org

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. 
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.
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.
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.
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.
Riviera Maya Sustainable Riviera Maya (SRM) is an NGO, founded in 2009, with the mission to make sustainable tourism the primary engine for development, wealth and the engine of peace. At the same time SRM makes efforts to preserving natural treasures, local culture and society. Additionally, SRM strives to provide a linking platform that fosters congresses, seminars, training and certifications. Along with international standards adoption processes in sustainable strategies, and solution/action plans in the Riviera Maya, involving all the stakeholders in the tourism sector. SRM generates opportunities in order to increase the consciousness of sustainability as a real path of human beings remembering their greatness, loving nature, respecting culture and generating wealth, from within..
 

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.

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.
thailanddot The Thailand Department of Tourism is responsible for the development of servicing standard in tourist attraction sites, tourism services, touring business, tour guide as well as fiim business in Thailand. We aim to promote tourism as a tool to initiate economic, social and cultural advantages within the scope of sustainable tourism. The followings are authorities and responsibilites of the Department of Tourism:
1. To study, analyze, research and compile statistics and data on tourism in accordance with national tourism         development policy and plan.
2. To establish the development plans for tourism services and support the implementation of the plans.
3. To establish the development plans for touring business, tour guide registration, and support the operation as specified by law.
4. To establish the development plans for tourist attraction sites and promote tourism sites.
5. To monitor and follow up the tourism development performance.
6. To promote and support the movie business both the production and service sectors, including relevant   businesses.
7. Other tasks as specified by law or as assigned by the Ministry of Tourism and sport or the Thai Cabinet.
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.
TourCert

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.

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TURISTIKO Project Partners is a Chilean based international consultancy company founded in 2004. With focus in the travel & tourism industry, our approach seeks to enhance tourism sustainability creating synergy between governments, companies and communities efforts and interests. We believe that unique travel experiences are in most cases a result from this synergy. Our work reaches an ample range of tourism key issues, such as destination sustainability strategies and plans, corporate strategies, market research & segmentation, best practices implementation, communications and editorial production. With this in mind, we had developed several projects in South America; some of them oriented to the industry and others to government policies and tourism development plans. In the last few years we have been a key partner for the Chilean government Sustainable Tourism Program, developing a series of 7 Best Practices Manuals, 4 Responsible Traveler guides and giving more than 20 seminars all through the country. Our partnership approach is tangible and our work speaks for itself. We are connected to the travel & tourism industry needs and trends, always believing that we can contribute to a better world through a sustainable tourism development. For more information about TURISTIKO, please visit www.turistiko.cl 

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.‎
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.
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.
WWF Logo tab World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is the world's leading conservation organization with over 5 million supporters worldwide, working in more than 100 countries. Our mission is to conserve nature, reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth, and build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation of science. In partnership with other organizations our work focuses on the following areas: protecting and restoring species and their habitats; strengthening local communities' ability to conserve the natural resources they depend upon; transforming markets and policies to reduce the impact of the production and consumption of commodities; ensuring that the value of nature is reflected in decisions made by individuals, communities, governments and businesses; and mobilizing hundreds of millions of people to support conservation.

 

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