The GSTC represents a diverse and global membership, including UN agencies, leading travel companies, hotels, country tourism boards, tour operators, individuals and communities – all striving to achieve best practices in sustainable tourism. This quarterly updated list is categorized by world region and represents all current GSTC Organization members.
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Adventure Green Alaska (AGA)
Adventure Green Alaska (AGA) is a voluntary certification program for tourism businesses operating in Alaska that meet standards of economic, environmental, and social sustainability. AGA also assists non-qualifying tourism businesses on improving their operations so they may become eligible for the Alaska sustainable tourism label. For more information, please visit www.adventuregreenalaska.org
AGEG Tourism for Sustainability Consulting
AGEG Tourism for Sustainability Consulting provides international implementation consulting with practical approach on sustainable tourism development as well as tailor-made and innovative solutions. We are member of the AGEG Group, an association of experts and consulting company operating worldwide with over 25 years of experience in international development cooperation and sustainable development in more than 120 countries. We believe that sustainable tourism development and management practices are applicable to all forms of tourism at any destination. Training and capacity building are the key elements for the development and implementation of all our projects.To ensure the sustainability of our projects, we jointly work with all stakeholders involved and bring them together around one table: non-governmental organisations (NGOs), local communities, planners, investors and political decision makers.
Airbnb. Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions. https://www.airbnb.com
Altruvistas provides ethical, comprehensive, educational and philanthropic travel planning services so participants can have the adventure of a lifetime. Ourethical travel company inspires travelers to engage their passion, explore the issues they care about, share with communities around the world, and build dynamic philanthropic relationships.
Like many travelers, we believe that in order for travel to be truly ethical, it needs to incorporate the best practices of both ecological and social responsibility. Some travel companies focus on one or the other. Altruvistas philosophy is holistic in its approach; we focus on both eco-consciousness AND social responsibility so that travelers can benefit the people and places they visit.
The Aparthotel Elisa is a modern three star complex which consist of 54 apartments and 17 studios. It is located at a few meters from the natural Park S´Albufera (13.000.000 square meters) and has canals on three sides. It is about 400 meters from the beach Bahía de Alcudia. This location offers a quiet family atmosphere and at the same time is part of the C.I.T.N Las Gaviotas (Centre of National Touristic Interest). In the complex you will find, gardens, pool, bicycles, ping pong, bars, restaurant, launderette, and 24 hour reception. www.aparthotelelisa.com
Ashfaque Ahmed Counsultancy Services PVT.LTD.
Ashfaque Ahmed Consultancy Service Private Limited, founded by Mr. Ashfaque Ahmed, is a firm of experienced professionals offering comprehensive services and is one of the leading multi-dimensional consultancy firms based in India. There are currently six principals -Architectural works, Urban Planning, Tourism Development, Interior Designing & Landscape Designing, Valuation. Our team of architects & planners, wildlife experts, designers, ecologists catered by experts across the globe have many remarkable projects to ITS credits. A.A.C.S tourism development project team dealing with Wildlife Tourismn. Environmental consciousness, sustainability and corporate responsibility is embedded in our core philosophy. www.aadesigngroup.com
Associacion de Hoteles de Turismo de la Republica Argentina (AHT)
Founded in February 1977, the AHT has steadily been working with professionalism, responsibility and efficiency towards the achievement of its goals. Nowadays, the association gathers the main hotels in Argentina, taking into account not only the capacity of their facilities but also their quality, and connecting through its activities those hotel establishments located in the most important national tourist centers. The AHT represents the activity of the five star hotels in all Argentina and those four star hotels who are members. As a non-profit organization, it gathers, groups and represents the mentioned hotel sector, systematically providing the following benefits which are transferred to the services.
CarpeDM Adventures, is a adventure company founded in 2007 in Quito Ecuador. We are committed to meeting the needs of the community, clients and business partners through innovative programs that enhance the delivery of quality adventure travel. Building the social consciousness of the world one tour at a time. Our "DM" or "Doing More" program comprises of the 3/3/3 philosophy, where 3% of our profits will go to local community projects. 3% of our employees time will be dedicated to volunteer personal projects. 3% of our programs will directly impact local communities. We've been featured on CNN ireport, recommended in the Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Petit Fute among other guide books for South America. We pride ourselves in providing great value in our offering, ranging from: Galapagos Island Cruises, Amazon Expeditions, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Trekking, Community Projects and more. Located in the heart of Historical Quioto our passion for adventure and doing more will ensure your time in Ecuador will be a memorable one.
Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)
Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) is a non-profit research institution with offices in Washington, DC and at Stanford University, whose mission is to design, monitor, evaluate, and improve sustainable tourism practices and principles. Its policy-oriented research focuses on tourism as a tool for poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation, as well as socially and environmentally responsible tourism practices.
Coastal & Marine Union - EUCC
The Coastal & Marine Union - EUCC is is dedicated to conserving and maintaining healthy seas and attractive coasts for both people and nature. It is one of the largest international networks of coastal practitioners and experts, with offices in seven countries, and with 2700 expert members and member organisations in 40 countries all over the world. One of the Union's contributions in the field of tourism is QualityCoast, the largest international certification programme for sustainable tourism destinations. Since 2007, more than 125 tourism destinations in 23 countries have been selected for a QualityCoast Award: coastal towns, resorts and islands. The Union is seeking partners for a global destination award programme that should be in full compliance with GSTC guidance.
Colombia Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism
The Colombian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism counts with the Vice Ministry of Tourism, which has a Direction for Quality and Sustainable Development of Tourism and a Direction for Sector Analysis and Promotion. The Direction for Quality and Sustainable Development of Tourism has a formal Quality System that allows tourism related services and tourism destinations to obtain the “Tourism Quality Certification”.
The “Tourism Quality Certification” can be obtained through the implementation of norms that contain requirements to develop tourism in a sustainable way. These requirements take into account the economic, environmental and sociocultural variables associated with tourism and they exist for five tourism related services: hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, touristic transport and the MICE industry; and for two types of tourism destinations: traditional tourism destinations and touristic beaches. Tourism related services and tourism destinations with the Tourism Quality Certification Brand guarantee excellent service and sustainable development of tourism. www.mincit.gov.co/
Confluence Sustainability, true to its name, brings together like-minded professionals and organizations committed to sustainability across its full spectrum. We target our work on collaborative strategies and solutions utilizing travel and tourism as a catalyst for sustainable growth. Our work encompasses destinations, public and private sector partnerships and organizations committed to broad based, stakeholder engagement to build scalable, multi-sector programs and replicable best practices. With experience in all sectors, we offer unique expertise in sustainability integration in the hospitality industry including the accommodation sector and resort development and management.
Consultores en Gestión, Política y Planificación Ambiental, S.C. (GPPA)
Consultores en Gestión, Política y Planificación Ambiental, S.C. (GPPA), is a Mexican environmental consulting firm founded in 1997. Established with the firmest commitment to provide to its clients on the private and public sector, environmental integrated solutions for the implementation of projects, plans and programs focused on development, which allow to increase the value of your investment and promoting sustainable development. The company has carried out more than 307 characterization, zoning and environmental impact assessment studies for tourism, power generation, roads and highways and fiber optic installation projects, as well as environmental audits and diagnostic studies, ecological regulation and protected natural areas studies, among other development sectors. Tourism projects with GPPA consulting services have been considered models of sustainability by the federal government and international organizations. The success of the company is to gear the design and implementation of our client’s projects and development programs towards the strict fulfillment of environmental, normative and highly pertinent socioeconomic responsibility scenarios. This strength enables GPPA to build technical management and communication bridges between the development and investment sector and the environmental authorities through its services, in order to facilitate the decision making processes and the guarantee the sustainable development of investments.
DER Touristik is the second largest tour operating company in Germany, specialized in packaged and tailor-made tours to all continents. The company has adopted environmental principles and launched various activities to raise awareness among customers and suppliers and has committed to a set of sustainable principles that call for the protection of natural resources, respect for local cultural traditions, child protection, and improvement of the quality of life in destinations. These principles involve all relevant actors: customers, destinations, hotels, transport, operators, and travel agencies. Elements of the sustainable program are staff trainings, support for research and projects at holiday destinations, informing customers, and mitigation of impacts in sensitive areas.
Ecamp has more than 20 years experience in the travel industry as a Tour Operator specialized in holidays accommodation in camping and outdoor resorts and parks. Previously operating in the Netherlands we are now in almost every country in Europe, mainly in France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. Our Headquater is in Zurich and we are part of the group “La Compagnie des vacances” operating the leadership brand in Europe Camping N°1.