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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 Agreement for Sustainable Tourism Development with Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism

October 19, 2015 - Indonesia's Ministry of Tourism has signed an agreement with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to collaborate for the development of sustainable tourism in Indonesia.


Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya gave a keynote address commemorating World Tourism Day to an audience of tourism officials and private sector leaders in Jakarta September 28th, followed by presentations from key national tourism figures, the public signing of the sustainable tourism agreement and a presentation by GSTC CEO Randy Durband.

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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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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:

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

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