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Myanmar Taking Notice of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council

2014-07-28 19.54.32Washington D.C., USA (August 25, 2014) Industry and Government policy makers in the emerging South East Asian nation of Myanmar (also known as Burma) are increasingly being guided by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Criteria.

The country of Myanmar is expected to receive 3 million international visitors this year (2014), up from 2 million in 2013 and 1 million on 2012.

"It's one of the fastest growing destinations we have every seen in Asia and the Pacific", said Steve Noakes who represented GSTC at the official introduction of the Council in association with the Myanmar Tourism Federation.


GSTC and GLP Films Announce Strategic Partnership

Partnership to Showcase Sustainable Destination Development through Storytelling & Film; Leverages New Global Stakeholder Distribution Network

GLP-AfricaLos Angeles, CA, USA (August 13, 2014) - GLP Films (GLP), a hybrid film production and marketing company, and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), a leader in establishing and managing standards for sustainable tourism, have formalized a strategic partnership to showcase GSTC destinations at the forefront of sustainable development through a new storytelling initiative. GLP Films will produce compelling new film content celebrating GSTC destinations, with the aim to share these stories with the global travel community to promote sustainable destination development.

Both parties agree that storytelling and stakeholder engagement within the travel trade community are essential for sustainable destination development. This partnership pairs GLP Films' expertise in destination storytelling and content marketing with the GSTC's sustainable destinations and market access agendas. GLP Films will work with the GSTC to identify storytelling opportunities featuring GSTC-affiliated destinations.

Completed films will be marketed and promoted through GLP Films' targeted stakeholder and distribution network. In addition, the GSTC will have full access to completed films, to market and promote across the travel community. GLP Films and the GSTC will regularly collaborate to share partner networks, with the long-term goal to further storytelling and distribution for future sustainable destination films.


Join us in Cambodia for the GSTC Regional Meeting

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council invites its members and industry proffesionals to the GSTC Regional Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on September 17, 2014

GSTC members and sustainable tourism colleagues are invited to join us in Cambodia in September.

Location: Town View Khan Duan Penh Hotel, Street 174 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Time: 16:30 to 18:30

Date: 17 September, 2014

Fee: no cost

Facilitator: Randy Durband, CEO, GSTC

Following a brief presentation on current GSTC activities and future plans, participants will engage in discussion on issues surrounding sustainability standards and certification, education and training on sustainability, and how to better inspire travel companies and travelers toward greater sustainability.


Randy Durband, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, to speak at the ATMEX Summit

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The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and Visit Mexico will host the ATMEX Summit August 22-29 in Chiapas, Mexico. The summit will explore Mexico’s adventure travel offerings and provide opportunities for long-term business partnerships.

According to the hosts, the goal of the event is “to inspire operators in Mexico to continue to pursue adventure travel as a viable, sustainable and lucrative way to offer their cultural and natural riches to adventure travelers worldwide.”

On Friday, August 29, GSTC’s CEO Randy Durband will present on global sustainable tourism criteria. Participants will learn about the GSTC Criteria for Destinations and hear success stories from destinations in Mexico and around the world.


Luigi Cabrini, Chair of the Board, keynote speaker in various upcoming Sustainable Tourism events.

luiginewThe Ibero-American Forum in Sustainable Tourism (FITS) will be held from October 14 to 17, 2014 in Cajon del Maipo, right outside Chile's capital. This edition of the Forum FITS will focus on entrepreneurship and aims to provide a platform to meet and exchange knowledge on sustainable tourism in the region.

During the 4-day event, the organizers propose a set of presentations of the most representative cases and experiences in the region encouraging sustainable tourism practices.

The GSTC Chair of the Board, Luigi Cabrini, is a keynote speaker of the FITS and will address "worldwide trends in sustainable tourism and the role of the GSTC".


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