Participate with the GSTC

participateTravel 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:

Membership: 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.

Donate: The GSTC accepts financial donations that will be used to directly support its mission to advance sustainable tourism.

Sponsorship: 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.

GSTC Events: Join the GSTC in several locations around the world.  Participate in meetings, workshops, conferences, and other networking events.

Hands-On Training:  The GSTC Sustainability Training Program offers on-site courses for one, three, and five days. Courses are designed for anyone in the travel and tourism industry, can be taught in a variety of languages, and presented on-site in your region.

Sustainable Destination Management:  The GSTC Destinations Program helps destinations across the globe benefit from systematic application of the leading Criteria to improve destination sustainability. 

Become an Approved Certification:  Whether you are a Sustainable tourism standard or certification program, learn more about GSTC recognition, approval and accreditation.

Sustainable Business:  Becoming a sustainable business is a step by step approach.  Start by evaluating your business using our member tools and then become certified by one of our approved certifications.  If you are already certified, encourage your certification to become approved and collect the benefits of a globally recognized brand.

Responsible Travel: By treading lightly and traveling responsibly, you can minimize the impact that your journey has on the planet, while giving yourself a more meaningful and authentic travel experience.

Help Shape the Definition of Sustainable Tourism: Contribute to the development of the GSTC criteria by providing feedback during public comment periods.

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

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