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Sustainable Tourism Destination Standard for Indonesia Achieves GSTC-Recognition

Sustainable Tourism Destination Standard for Indonesia Achieves GSTC Recognition

8 September 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Sustainable Tourism Destination Standard for Indonesia has achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized’ status. The awarded status affirms Indonesia’s commitment to promote sustainable tourism products and services.

”The Sustainable Tourism Destination Standard for Indonesia was developed to guide the sustainable development of tourism destinations in Indonesia. Recognizing the growing demand for travel to its many appealing destinations, the Ministry of Tourism seeks sustainable development at each of them.

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The Global Sustainable Tourism Council announces the results of the 2016 Board of Directors Elections

7 September 2016 - The Global Sustainable Tourism Council announces the results of their 2016 Board of Directors Elections. The GSTC Board of Directors plays an integral role in the leadership of the organization. Most seats on the board are filled via annual elections of and by current members of the Council. The GSTC Election Committee has validated the votes and has released the results.

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GSTC to support 2016 Sustainable & Smart Tourism Forum (2016 SSTF) in Seoul, South Korea Oct. 11th-12th. GSTC CEO, Randy Durband, to be one of the key speakers

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Under the theme “Co-creating life-changing tourism experiences", the 2016 Sustainable & Smart Tourism Forum (2016 SSTF) has been designed to offer a platform and a playground for gaining and sharing knowledge, skills and good practices around the world, in the fields of sustainable and smart tourism as well as smart cities.

The 2016 SSTF is supported by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. During this 2-day journey focused on creativity and diversity, participants will be offered many opportunities to explore new perspectives in tourism innovation and marketing, while expanding their networks.

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PROFEPA Mexico and GSTC Joining Efforts for Sustainable Tourism


The GSTC has signed a historic agreement with Dr. Guillermo Haro Belchez, of PROFEPA, the National Attorney for Environmental Protection, marking a decisive path towards sustainability and practical competitiveness in Mexico.

“The road to sustainability is not a destination, it is certainly a path... that one day we started and we always have to improve and enrich with new practices that maximize the benefits of tourism in the resident community, environment, economy and local culture" said Beatriz Barreal, GSTC Mexico Representative and Board of Directors member, Founder of the NGO Sustainable Riviera Maya.

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GSTC CEO Randy Durband speaks about “Applying Standards to Sustain Experience Delivery” at the Mekong Tourism Forum 2016, Sihanoukville, Cambodia

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The 2016 Mekong Tourism Forum was hosted in Sihanoukville, Cambodia on 5-9 July, 2016. Under the theme, ‘Authentic Experiences along the Mekong River’, the tourism event for the Mekong region showcased emerging tourist destinations and trends in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). The Mekong Tourism Forum 2016 was supported by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

“The value of standards goes well beyond planning. They are valuable tools for measuring and monitoring effectiveness and development progress,” said GSTC CEO Randy Durband when giving a talk about Applying Standards to Sustain Experience Delivery.

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