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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Ecuador Ministry of Tourism
Ecuador is the country everybody falls in love with, it is a paradise, come and get inspired by our beautiful country. Ecuador has the highest active volcanoes in the world, an extension of 1390 miles of pacific coast surrounded by national parks and a marine reserve, our Amazon has a great concentration of species by area, the magical Galápagos Islands, and the cultural diversity that brings together and to life four very different regions, (Pacific Coast, Andes Mountains, Amazon Jungle and the Galápagos Islands which are a Natural World Heritage). In this wonderful place you have diverse things to see and do with attractions that appeal to all sorts of people, we have it all. The Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador is the institution entrusted with the direction to position Ecuador as a preferred touristic destination in view of its exceptional cultural, natural and living diversity within a responsible tourism as an activity leading to sustainable social and economic development.
The Responsible Safari Co. (RSC)
The Responsible Safari Co. (RSC) is a Social Enterprise Tour Operator based in Malawi specialising in Sustainable, Educational, Philanthropic & Experiential Travel to the country. Operating since 2008, RSC provides planning and logistical support for School Expeditions, University Field Trips, Charity & Adventure Challenges and Independent Travellers. Specialising in tailored Educational Workshops & Challenge Events, RSC work in partnership with inspiring Community Initiatives offering immersive learning opportunities for students & businesses to gain an insight into key global challenges facing rural communities in Africa. We are committed to creating sustainable growth through social enterprise, reducing the dependence on the aid industry and driving tourism generated income to rural communities. For more information, please visit here.
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.
Asia World Enterprise Co Ltd
Since 1997, Asia World Enterprise Co Ltd has welcomed visitors from all over the world to Thailand and South-East Asia, becoming one of the most trusted, reliable and efficient inbound tour operators (DMC) in region. Asia World was officially recognized as “The Best Tour Operator in Asia” for two consecutive years by World Travel Awards. With head office in Bangkok, Asia World has 10 offices in all main destinations in Thailand, including Phuket, Samui, Chiang Mai and Krabi, as well as 18 offices in Asia, including Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. We specialize in FIT, luxury FIT, MICE and Group tours. Website: www.asiaworld-travel.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.
Travel impacts the world. Bee + Hive is here to help you realise how positive that impact can be. Bee+Hive is the go-to platform to discover the best in sustainable travel experiences. We created Bee+Hive to unite hotels, restaurants and parks who share our belief in the transformational power of Tourism. We work with our members to develop and showcase incredible travel experiences that promote sustainability. For us, this includes: preserving and re-habilitating wildlife and ecology, ensuring viable socio- economic ventures for the local community and protecting cultural expression. Our members benefit of Bee+Hive through Media promotion, international representation to agents and operators, and a common agenda among associated hoteliers to impact sustainable policies and actions. Through spreading the word about these unique experiences we aim to inspire travellers beyond their trip, so they can spread awareness of sustainable travel to their friends back home. This is world changing tourism. Please visit: http://www.beeplushive.com/
Cámara Argentina de Turismo (CAT)
Cámara Argentina de Turismo (CAT) represents and promotes the interests of the private tourism activity in Argentina, fostering a sustainable development of tourism, coordinating efforts with the Ministry of Tourism of the Nation, the Federal Board of Tourism (CFT) and the National Institute of Tourism Promotion (INPROTUR). It gathers the most important chambers, federations and associations representing the private industries that form part of the tourism activity as a whole, which is an essential socioeconomic activity of argentine economy. Working jointly with the public sector to design tourism policies, the Camara Argentina de Turismo promotes the development of internal tourism and the positioning of Argentina as a main tourist destination in the world. The CAT’s performance brings to life and transforms into actions the spirit of the National Law of Tourism, which defines the Entity as a referent and reliable source in the private sector. Please visit: http://www.camaradeturismo.org.ar/
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.
Creative Circle, India
Creative Circle (CCI) is an Indian origin multi-national+multi-dimensional consultancy firm, specialized in tourism planning, architecture and urban planning. Eco-tourism and Tourism projects are approached with the aim to enhance, rejuvenate the classic beauty of the era/site/purpose with special architectural style, building material and thoughts followed by Extensive research PLUS adding an unique additional feature in each design by employing special element/s like wind/sound/light effect as THE FORTH ANGLE. For more information, please visit Creativecindia.com and cci1964.com
Diverse China Travel
Diverse China Travel was founded in 2008 by long-term China professionals as a China-based international travel company focused on soft adventures showing the best and most unique parts of China to international travelers. We devotes to show clients around China, no matter showing the provide international levels of service and amazing experiences in China. This is all made possible through the pride we take in our attention to detail, persistently good service, and quality travel partners that we carefully choose in Greater China. As a leading soft adventure specialist, we have been playing an important role on eco-travel and responsible travel within China. We do our best to reduce any negative influence to the nature and society in the destinations we go while we are committed to helping the local communities. In April of 2006, the first primary school in Liangtianwan Village, Ninglang County, Yunnan Province initiated to build. From that year on, we have helped to build 3 primary villages schools with other NGOs. From 2010, Diverse China Travel has started to provide economy aid to children from low income families in the western countryside. We believe this is one of the best parts of our work. Diverse China Travel does its best to help people in the world to understand each other and build up friendship between people in the global village. For more information, please vsit www.diversechina.com