Travel is an imperative part of our society and has the potential to create positive transformations in the communities and destinations that people visit. Tourism stimulates the local economy by generating jobs, incentivizing local production and bringing in consumers and volunteers. However, this progression can only be possible with the support of Sustainable Tourism. As the travel industry continues to grow, current travel practices are beginning to create negative impacts on the environment and local communities. The GSTC is leading the efforts to foster sustainable tourism by developing the resources and training needed to encourage sustainable practices. In turn, this creates a demand for sustainable products and services. Whether you are a corporation, university, travel provider or adventurer, there are steps you can take to support sustainable tourism and responsible travel.
Get Involved through:
Become a Member:
Gain the power to promote positive change in the world and receive benefits that will promote your organization's commitment of sustainable practices and support its credibility.
Become a Sponsor:
As a sponsor, your organization will be positioned to nurture the work of the GSTC and support the valiant mission of sustainable tourism throughout the world.
Donate to GSTC:
The GSTC accepts financial donations that will be used to directly support its mission to advance sustainable tourism.
Join the GSTC in several locations around the world. Participate in meetings, workshops, conferences, and other networking events.
Sustainable Tourism Training Program:
The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program offers 2-day or 3-day on-site training classes designed for tourism industry professionals interested in sustainability and seeking to improve the sustainability performance of their businesses or destinations. Available in several languages, and facilitated by expert GSTC Trainers.
Sustainable Destination Management:
The GSTC Destinations Program helps destinations across the globe benefit from systematic application of the leading Criteria to improve destination sustainability.
Adopt the Criteria:
Built on decades of prior work and experience around the world, the GSTC Criteria reflect our goal in attaining a global consensus on sustainable tourism. To date, two sets of GSTC Criteria have been developed: Hotels and Tour Operators, and for Destinations.
Become an Approved Certification:
The GSTC Integrity Program offers the GSTC Recognition, Approval and Accreditation processes. The attainment of these marks helps standard owners and certifying programs build consumer and trade confidence, promote efficiency, and distinguish their services from less neutral or efficient schemes.