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Green Key Global's Green Key Eco-Rating Program Achieves GSTC-Recognition

green key global eco ratingFebruary 25, 2016 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Green Key Global’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program has achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized’ status. The awarded status affirms Green Key Global’s commitment to promote sustainable tourism products and services.

Green Key Global’s Eco-Rating Program is a graduated rating system designed to recognize lodging facilities committed to improving their environmental and fiscal performance. Based on the results of a comprehensive environmental self-assessment, lodging facilities are awarded a rating from 1 to 5 Keys, 5 Keys being the highest attainable. In support of their efforts towards becoming a cutting-edge green lodging property, members are provided with education and guidance on how to “unlock” opportunities for reductions in utility consumption, waste, emissions, and operating costs. Additional recommendations and toolkits are included for employee training, staff and customer engagement, supply chain management, community involvement and more.

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Hostelling International's Quality & Sustainability Standard Achieves GSTC-Recognition

H Q SCH 01 1February 11, 2016 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Hostelling International’s Quality & Sustainability Standard has achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized’ status. The awarded status affirms Hostelling International’s commitment to promote sustainable tourism products and services.

In line with its internationally adopted Sustainability Charter, Hostelling International has developed HI-Q&S (Hostelling International Quality & Sustainability), a label that stands for a commitment to provide an experience of high quality, with a positive effect on local economy, communities and the environment. Their certification is based on assessment criteria aiming to: demonstrate effective sustainable management; maximise social and economic benefits to the local community, cultural heritage and environment and minimise negative impacts; conserve biodiversity, ecosystems and landscapes. The HI-Q&S standards engage hostellers in a viable, equitable and bearable way of travelling that supports HI’s values of authenticity, inclusivity, learning and understanding, and sustainability.

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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 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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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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