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New Sustainability Critera for Destinations

Update - The deadline for applications has been extended to March 15, 2013.

New Sustainability Criteria for Destinations:

Public Consultation Phase 2

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s Criteria for Destinations are designed to direct destination managers, communities, and businesses toward necessary steps to sustain their natural and cultural assets, while benefitting local communities. The Destination Criteria complement the existing GSTC Criteria for Hotels and Tour Operators, which have become a worldwide standard for tourism businesses.

Based on the results of the first phase of this project, which included an international public call for feedback and pilot testing of the criteria in six Early Adopter Destinations around the world, the GSTC has revised and improved the Destination Criteria. The new draft version is available for public consultation and input over the next 60 days.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council and Sustainable Travel International invite all interested persons and organizations to comment on, suggest improvements to, and help to disseminate the Destination Criteria to as many stakeholders as possible.

The deadline for comments and suggested edits is February 15, 2013. Your considerations can be made here in English and Spanish. Click here for more information on the Criteria For Destinations.

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