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GSTC at FITUR 2017

Luigi Cabrini FITUR 2017

January 2017, Madrid, Spain – Luigi Cabrini, GSTC Chair, moderated a panel on "the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their contribution of tourism" at FITUR 2017.

Mr. Cabrini has also participated in the Responsible Conversations for Sustainable Tourism session (Conversaciones responsables para un turismo sostenible).



Travel Trade Industry Joins Coalition to Combat Wildlife Trafficking Worldwide

U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance announces new partnerships with major industry associations, launches global travel and tourism toolkit for travel companies

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January 17, 2017, WASHINGTON – Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), American Society for Travel Agents (ASTA), and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), announced today they will be working to help travelers recognize and avoid purchasing the illegal wildlife products that are decimating global populations of elephants, rhinos, tortoises and other endangered species. These actions support the mission of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (the Alliance), a public-private partnership in which corporate and non-profit member organizations, including WildAid and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), work together with governmental entities to raise awareness about the dangers of wildlife trafficking and to stop consumer demand for endangered species products. Together, the Associations serve more than 25 million travelers annually.

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GSTC partners with Senac to offer a new online graduate program in innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable tourism businesses in Brazil

SENACDecember 2016 - The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has partnered with The Senac University Center (National Service for Commercial Education) to offer a new online graduate program in innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable tourism businesses in Brazil.

By working with Senac, GSTC ensures the principles incorporated in the GSTC standards are shared with the leaders of the future, ensuring professional education of sustainable tourism in Brazil.

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Volunteer Opportunities with GSTC

GSTC is looking for new volunteers: Communications Volunteer; Sustainable Tourism Standards Compliance Volunteer; Sustainable Tourism Training Volunteer.

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Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Tourism Certification Program Achieves GSTC-Approval


December 12, 2016 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Tourism Certification Program has achieved ‘GSTC-Approved’ status. The awarded status affirms the Rainforest Alliance’s commitment to promote sustainable tourism products and services.

The Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Tourism Certification Program is part of  the Rainforest Alliance’s core work with hotels, tour operators, and other tourism businesses, to help them improve their environmental, social and economic practices. Tourism businesses that undergo a rigorous audit and demonstrate compliance with Rainforest Alliance sustainable tourism standards are granted the right to use the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal.  

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