Organization: Pacific Asia Tourism Pty Ltd
In early 2009, Steve Noakes was active in the process to linking the Sustainable Tourism Stewardship Council (hosted by Rainforest Alliance) and the Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (coordinated by the UN Foundation). He served on the Interim Advisory Committee of the Tourism Sustainability Council which evolved out of that process. The TSC went on to become the Global Sustainable Tourism Council where he served on the Board during its first 3 years. During that time he was a member of the Membership Committee, the Finance Committee and the Education & Training Committee of the GSTC Board and represented the GSTC at numerous high level forums around the Pacific Asia region. He retired from the GSTC Board in 2012, and remains as CoChair of the Knowledge Networking, Education & Training Working Group (KNET WG). In 2013, he became a member of the GSTC Elections Committee. Based in Australia, Steve has been active in industry, NGOs and academia for some 35 years – with a focus on the Pacific Asia region.