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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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GSTC Receives Premio Gorila Award

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council was awarded the presigious "Premio Gorila" Award for 2014 by Loro Parque.  The GSTC received the award for its environmental responsibility as the most important contributor to the proper management of the environment sustaining ecotourism and being socially sustainable.  Loro Parque noted in particular the addition of GSTC's Sustainable Training Program and working groups including its knowledge, education and training network.

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Catalonia Receives Biosphere Certification

The autonomous region of Catalonia in Spain received on November 19 the Biosphere certification for sustainable management, economic and social development, conservation of cultural heritage, environmental conservation, quality and safety.

The certification was awarded in a ceremony with the presence of the president of the Responsible Tourism Institute, which managed the Biosphere certification, the chair of GSTC Luigi Cabrini, and authorities from Catalonia.

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GSTC Signs Collaboration Agreement with Korean Partners

GSTC has signed a landmark agreement with three Korean public agencies for long-term collaboration in advancing sustainability in travel and tourism throughout Korea, the Asia-Pacific, and globally.

Gyeonggi Province, the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization (GTO), and the City of Suwon (capital city of Gyeonggi Province) have agreed to coordinate their efforts in a partnership with GSTC to "encourage and promote cooperation in the field of sustainable tourism."  Following earlier planning discussioins led by GTO's Mr. Hugh Kim, GSTC CEO Randy Durband returned to Suwon September 8th to meet with city and provincial authorities and to sign the formal agreement.

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