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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Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
Located 480 miles south of Miami in the vibrant tranquillity of western Caribbean, this trio of tiny islands is a premier destination for discriminating travellers, divers, honeymooners and families. World-renowned for its idyllic beaches and recognised as a sophisticated, diverse and memorable tourist destination, the Cayman Islands offers spectacular recreational opportunities along with warm, impeccable service. To learn more about the Cayman Islands, please go to visitcaymanislands.com or www.divecayman.ky
The Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon (TIA Yukon)
The Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon (TIA Yukon), based in Whitehorse, Canada is an NGO that has been the voice of Yukon’s Tourism industry for over 40 years. Representing almost 400 members from tourism-based businesses, TIA Yukon assists its members through the training programs and workshops that it administers, working to develop niche tourism sectors relevant to the region, advocating on issues that impact the Yukon's tourism industry and acting as a conduit for partnership building and networking. TIA Yukon works closely with government and other tourism stakeholders to ensure that the territory’s tourism potential remains strong and that tourism operators are able to pursue opportunities as they arise. The overarching goal of TIA Yukon is to promote tourism in the Yukon through community engagement. For more information, please visit http://tiayukon.com/
ITB Berlin - One World. One Industry. One Trade Show.
A strong brand connects the world of travel business. The name ITB stands for contacts with global travel players and first-hand knowledge of the industry. Anybody who reads those 3 letters can be sure that this is the place of passionate and leading minds. No matter if you are a student or decision-maker, consultant or trend researcher - our leading shows in Berlin and Asia are offering you a great platform in important growth markets. ITB is much more than the sum of ITB Berlin, ITB Asia and ITB China. Our network is your think tank, marketplace and trendsetter around the globe on 365 days a year. ITB is also a generator of inspiration for Corporate Social Responsibility. Ecological and social responsibility is an essential task for the future and a requirement for long-term success – not only in the commercial sense. ITB Berlin itself is committed to human rights, social justice, the fight against the sexual exploitation of women and children, and climate, environmental and animal protection. ITB has the largest platform for responsible tourism worldwide.
Ecotourism Kenya is a membership organization started in 1996 with a mandate of promoting sustainable tourism through the incorporation and recognition of environmentally and socially sound practices in new and existing tourism enterprises and in the future development of Kenya’s tourism. Ecotourism Kenya achieves this mandate through 5 key focal areas; enterprise development, to integrate communities and community based tourism enterprises to mainstream tourism, standards and best practice; promoting best practices in tourism accommodation facilities through an eco-labeling scheme, awareness and information sharing, research and consultancy as well as the leadership and mentorship program to mentor students in the tourism field. Please visit http://www.ecotourismkenya.org/.
Medventure has a vision to make the tourism sector in the Eastern Mediterranean sustainable. Based in Greece, the company provides consulting and training to hospitality businesses who want to become greener, as well as to local governments or municipalities who want to build green destinations. One of its success stories is the portal Ecotourism-Greece.com which has become a leading platform in advancing eco-friendly accommodation, promoting eco-friendly outdoor activities and strengthening local communities and values. More recently the company launched the Green Guide for Tourism Businesses for the Greek market, which endeavors to help hospitality properties become greener and more sustainable.
Swiss Approval International
Swiss Approval is the world leader in the field of Technical Inspection and Certification sector, incorporating experience, scientific expertise, innovation and technical know-how, principally in the area of South East Europe, Middle East and the US and in 3 Continents.
Swiss Approval International brings on the certification table the New Approach for Tourism Industry in order to contribute to the clarity regarding ambiguity surrounding the potential threats that tourism can have on the environment, culture and residents of tourist destinations, as well as exploring and encouraging the many opportunities to have a positive impact, by addressing issues like poverty alleviation and cultural and natural preservation. To find more information please visit the website.
Machete Tours is an adventure and eco-tourism company specializing in high standard and expertly run experiences in South America. We have successfully pioneered and nurtured a company that combines the best aspects of efficient Northern European business and management practices and South American knowledge. Machete Tours prides itself on maintaining the highest levels of ethical and environmental practices, ensuring that communities, wildlife and natural eco-systems benefit on a variety of levels from the sustainable work of the company. At Machete Tours we are constantly striving to improve our customers’ experiences while making sure we actively benefit the places we visit and the communities we work together with in South America!
Root Cause Media - India
GreenOtels is an initiative of Root Cause Media to engage the Indian hospitality industry towards… a greener consciousness by tracking trends, by providing meeting and conference platforms for ideation and dialogues with thought-leaders, by providing solutions through consultation and training tools and by certifying and recognizing best practices. In this short time GreenOtels is already being supported by GSTC - Global Sustainable Tourism Council (USA), Green Lodging News (USA), Green Hotelier Media & ITP (UK), Hotel Owners for Tomorrow (HOT Asia).
Yunnan Vinetree Tourism Development Co., Ltd.
Vinetree is a Chinese ecological tourism company firstly founded in 2009, which invests, builds, and operates ecofriendly tent camps and ecological tourist trails mostly in China. ‘Vinetree’ symbolizes ‘rooted, skyward, harmonious and coexisting’, which is also representing the brand spirit of exploration, innovation, ecological responsibility. Vinetree adopted the slogan ‘when the roads ends, the vinetree starts’ to committed to immersing people in a cultural experience in nature and making high quality ecological tourism experiences, while promoting responsible travel.
Gyeonggi Tourism Organization
Gyeonggi Tourism Organization (GTO) is a governmental organization funded by the Gyeonggi-do provincial government that aims to establish Gyeonggi-do as a dynamic business events destination where people, technology, and ideas converge to create great value and a memorable experience for customers. As the lead quasi-government organization in the tourism and business events sector in Gyeonggi-do, the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization assists business event organizers, corporations, and associations by providing comprehensive and impartial information on Gyeonggi-do’s meeting and exhibition facilities, incentive venues and industry partners.
Federturismo Confindustria is the Italian Travel and Tourism Federation, and represents the companies operating in the different areas of the tourism industry. It belongs to the Confindustria system and currently includes 21 sector associations, 9 company members (directly associated) and several local associations.
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.