Asian Ecotourism Network
Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN) provides more hands-on connections and relevant opportunities for members working together at a regional scale providing more networking and business opportunities, significant information, educational materials and networking prospects to both small and large organizations within Asia. AEN endorces GSTC and its sustainability crieteria for sustainability for travel providers, accommodations, destinations, and public authorities in Asia and beyond.
Region: Asia Pacific
Lead Trainer: Mihee Kang (South Korea)
Authorized Trainers: Kazuhiro Arai (Japan), Mami Futagami (Japan), Susan Santos de Cárdenas (Philippines), Masaru Takayama (Japan)
Botswana Tourism Board (BTO)
With the mission of "developing Botswana into a unique preferred tourism destination of choice in order to increase the sector's contribution to the nation's economic growth, through active participation of the local and international communities for the sustainable utilization of tourism resources", Botswana Tourism Board promotes best practice management systems across all tourism industry sectors with a view to facilitate tourism development that is environmentally sustainable. Botswana Tourism also ensures collaborative approach with relevant stakeholders both public and private to raise the profile of the organisation.
Lead Trainer: Tshoganetso Carl-Ponoesele
Authorized Trainer: Thatayaone Mmapatsi
DASTA (Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration), Thailand
DASTA is a government agency which is accountable to Prime Minister, aiming to create, develop and prolong sustainable tourism in Thailand. DASTA focuses on developing tourism in designated areas, namely Chang Island and Vicinity, Pattaya City and Vicinity, Historical Parks of Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaengphet, Loei, Nan Old City, and Uthong Ancient City, in three dimensions - economy, society, and environment.
Lead Trainer: Wanvipa Phanumat
Authorized Trainers: Nuchsara Thianchai, Piyanat Klaiduan
Green Evolution, SA
Green Evolution, based in Athens, Greece, was created in 2009 by a group of environmental, engineering, financial and legal experts who are specialists in ecology, energy and carbon finance. Green Evolution's vision is to help create a sustainable and secure future based on integrated environmental services in tourism, assisting public and private sector organizations in their efforts to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change impact. Green Evolution offers services in Southeast Europe working with several sustainable tourism certification standards (Travelife, Green Globe, Ecolabel for Tourism) and Awards (Green Key, Green Leaders). Green Evolution designs and implements strategies on greenhouse gas management and delivers training for the tourism sector.
Region: Southeast Europe
Lead Trainer: Dr. Ioannis Pappas
Authorized Trainer: Dr. Ioannis Karampasis
Infinity (Int'l) Travel Holdings Inc.
Infinity (Int'l) Travel Holdings Inc., known as "Infinity", engaged in designing, producing and operating in-depth thematic based tour products by implementing its sales and marketing gateways in Greater China Regions and global Chinese markets. Infinity's subsidiary companies include Infinity Travel Services Limited and the Globe Ecotourism Training Center. With the goal of promoting and implementing a more sustainable tourism practice for global needs, Infinity has built its own product philosophy and corporate Standard Operation Procedures, striving to provide quality travel services and valuable travel experience.
Region: Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, People's Republic of China
Lead Trainer: Dr. Lewis Cheung
Authorized Trainers: Fui Cheung, Derek Tse
Globe Ecotourism Training Centre
The Globe Ecotourism Training Centre has been formed and established by a group of global ecotourism practitioners and researchers. The Centre aims to promote and implement quality ecotourism trainings and universal sustainable tourism practices, in order to achieve environmental, social and economic benefits while leading tourism stakeholders and travelers to an understanding of the importance of protecting resources through sustainable tourism practices.
Hong Kong Ecotourism & Travels Professional Training Centre
Hong Kong Ecotourism & Travels Professional Training Centre (ETTC) was established in 2005, to train sufficient eco-guides to meet the needs of Hong Kong's ecotourism industry. All training courses are planned and provided by an expert team consisting of nearly 40 members who have worked in tourism, diving, biological and cultural conservation for years. More than 5,000 students and eco-guides have been trained by the ETTC over the last decade. ETTC has also trained the first batch of Geopark guides for Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. Most Recommended Geopark Guides (R2G) in Hong Kong are graduated from ETTC.
Mt. Huangshan Scenic Area Administrative Committee (HSAC)
Mt. Huangshan Scenic Area Administrative Committee (HSAC) is founded in 1988, is an organization legislatively ratified by the standing committees of the People's Congress of Anhui Province and authorized by the Huangshan Municipal Government to conduct the overall management of Mt. Huangshan. Mt. Huangshan is the cradle of the Mt. Huangshan Painting School which is excellent representative of Chinese Landscape Paintings. The pine trees, rock formations, sea of clouds, hot springs, and the snow scenery are popularly known as "the five wonders" of Mt. Huangshan. Its fantastic natural scenery, rich oriental cultures, and high scientific and aesthetic values have won Mt. Huangshan a World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site and it was included in the World Geopark Network.
Region: Huangschan, China
Lead Trainer: Zhang Yangzhi
Authorized Trainers: He Difeng, Cheng Jingming