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News & Announcements

GSTC major contributor to new ISO Technical Specification for Tourism Accommodation

The Guidelines are intended to apply to all forms of tourism accommodation, from large hotels and resorts to a remote community based guesthouse in Papua New Guinea!

The GSTC has been a member of International Standards Organisation Technical Committee on Tourism for a number of years and was a major contributor to the development of the new Technical Specification (TS 13811) "Tourism and related services — Guidelines on developing environmental specifications for accommodation establishments".

These guidelines set out a framework for environmental specifications. The Guidelines have adopted selected criteria of the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Hotels and Tour Operators.

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Cayman Islands completes destination sustainability assessment

The Cayman Islands, the GSTC's latest destination member, recently underwent a GSTC comprehensive assessment of its sustainability as part of the GSTC's Destinations Program.  Procurement and organization of the assessment for the Cayman Islands was spearheaded by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) and Cayman Department of Environment.
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GSTC Industry Consultation Underway

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council is revising the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Hotels and Tour Operators version 2.0 (GSTC-HTO)  which is due for a scheduled revision, and expanding the GSTC-HTO and to become the GSTC-Industry.

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GSTC Training in Guanajuato, Mexico

Held in Guanajuato, Mexico, this training provided participants with a dynamic environment to learn the Criteria and indicators through structured working days utilizing theory, practices and real life examples from the local region.  

The training also included a panel discussion with federal and local authorities across public and private sectors to address empowerment, entrepreneurship, financial resources and safeguarding cultural heritage through tourism.  Priority projects for the region were identified, and the group worked to define feasible and scalable solutions.  

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GSTC Board Member Kelly Bricker Contributes to "Reframing Sustainable Tourism"

GSTC board member Kelly Bricker, along with Rosemary Black, contributed the chapter "Framework for Understanding Sustainability in the Context of Tourism Operators" to the newly published Reframing Sustainable Tourism.  

The GSTC Criteria for Hotels and Tour Operators features prominently in the chapter, which serves to help operators maximize their impact on social, economic, environmental and cultural heritage benefits.

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