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News & Announcements

Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Call for Entries Now Open

(29 September 2015) The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are once again open for entries. WTTC invites those showcasing best practice in sustainable tourism across the world to submit their applications for this coveted international award. 

Applications for the 12th Tourism for Tomorrow Awards can be submitted online using our easy application tool. More information about Awards, categories and application process can be found on: http://www.wttc.org/tourism-for-tomorrow-awards/.

The deadline for applications is 16 November 2015. It’s free to apply.

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GSTC and Asian Ecotourism Network Sign Memorandum of Understanding

(28 September 2015) The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and The Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN) have formalized a partnership through a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  Areas of cooperation that the groups have agreed on include the support and endorsement of GSTC Criteria, awareness of good sustainability practices and joint advocacy and policy development activities.

The MOU was signed during GSTC’s Annual General Meeting in Huangshan, China, which was attended by AEN’s Chair Masaru Takayama of Japan and AEN board members Dr. Alan Wong of Hong Kong and Dr. Mihee Kang of South Korea.

Randy Durband, CEO of GSTC notes, “Ecotourism is the star of sustainable tourism, and while GSTC strives to affect change in all parts of the travel and tourism sector, we are pleased to work together with ecotourism thought leaders in order to advance our mutual goals. Tourism is growing dramatically in Asia, and we hope that AEN can help ecotourism flourish.”

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GSTC Contributes to ICC and UN Global Compact joint publication on scaling up sustainability

September 25, 2015 - The International Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations Global Compact today launched  “Scaling Up Sustainable Collaboration: Contributions of Business Associations and Sector Initiatives to Sustainable Development,” a joint publication on industry associations and sustainable development.  The launch occurred at the SDG Business Forum, part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda Summit where Governments will adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

John Danilovich, Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce and Lise Kingo, Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact note in the foreward, “With their extensive networks and sector-specific expertise, industry associations are able to serve as key platforms for sharing knowledge and know-how on integrating sustainable development measures into corporate management.  By fostering partnerships, building capacity, setting technical standards, and diffusing best practices, they enable corporate action on sustainable development to be scaled up.”

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GSTC and DASTA Sign Partnership Agreement for Sustainability Training for Tourism Professionals in Thailand

September 22nd, 2015 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and Thailand’s Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA), signed an agreement for DASTA to conduct the GSTC Sustainability Training program in the Thai language throughout Thailand.

Dr.Nalikatibhag Sangsnit, Director-General of DASTA said he was delighted that DASTA once again has cooperation with a high profile organization and brought in world-class knowledge of sustainable tourism, in form of this training program. This will be beneficial to DASTA’s work both in the designated areas and in Thailand as a whole.

GSTC launched their Sustainability Training Program in 2014 and is working to expand access to the classes worldwide. CEO Randy Durband says: “Ideally, everyone involved in tourism in all countries will understand the concepts of sustainability. The GSTC classes are designed for anyone engaged in tourism – including players from the private sector, public sector, academia, NGO’s, and tourism development. We are pleased to make this training available in Thailand."

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PATA launches Tourism InSPIRE Awards 2015

Tourism InSPIRE

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Tourism InSPIRE Awards 2015 to recognise organisations and businesses that demonstrate excellence in social, environmental, and economic sustainability in tourism. The deadline to submit applications is October 16, 2015, and there is no entry fee to submit applications.

This new award programme, supported by EU-SWITCH-Asia RPSC (Regional Policy Support Component), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and PATA, identifies and commends excellence in sustainable tourism by granting awards to travel and tourism organisations that demonstrate outstanding practices and performance within the three pillars of sustainability. Award criteria were developed based upon sustainable consumption and production principles and existing, internationally recognised sustainable tourism standards such those developed by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), and by the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).  Randy Durband, CEO of the GSTC will serve as Chief Judge.

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