GSTC Objectives

In support of its mission to promote the widespread adoption of global sustainable tourism standards and to ensure the tourism industry continues to drive conservation and poverty alleviation, the GSTC maintains the following objectives:

Creating Universal Standards

The GSTC strives to promote sustainable tourism through a common language, and one of its key objectives is to facilitate the adoption and creation of universal principles for sustainable tourism...

Making Destinations Sustainable

Destination stewardship is a process by which local communities; governmental agencies, NGOs, and the tourism industry take a multi-stakeholder approach to maintaining the cultural, environmental, economic, and esthetic integrity of their country, region, or town. In other words, to ensure that the destination retains and enhances the distinctive attributes that makes it attractive to beneficial tourism...

Promoting Market Access

The Market Access Working Group promotes the development of broad market adoption and application of the GSTC Criteria. With the ultimate goal of increasing demand for sustainable travel and tourism offerings and building trust amongst travelers, the group works to identify opportunities and solutions for alignment greater market potential...

Increasing Knowledge

The GSTC is committed to ensuring that sustainable tourism best practices are adopted and implemented by the industry and the traveling public. The Education and Training Working Group is tasked with developing and identifying the best available tools and resources to facilitate the transition to sustainable practices...

Accreditation - Helping Verify Sustainability

The GSTC Accreditation Panel seeks to recognize standards and certification programs that are credible, transparent, impartial, and comply with the GSTC Criteria for sustainable tourism...



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