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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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.
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.
AITR is a second level association, involved in responsible tourism since 1998. In AITR definition of responsible tourism, local communities play the main role as protagonist of their local development and main beneficiaries of tourism revenues. Currently, AITR numbers more than 90 members, among them, all categories are represented: Tour Operators, NGOs, associations, certification body, publishing houses, cooperatives, many different accommodations (B&B, hotels, organic farms, etc.). Moreover a section of AITR website hosts responsible tourism networks in Southern countries in order to sensitize and concretely help individual travelers and local communities. AITR key fields of work are: lobbying and campaigning locally, nationally, internationally; training its own members and external stakeholders; research; poverty reduction through responsible tourism.
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
Basecamp Foundation Kenya
Basecamp Foundation Kenya, which is part of the Basecamp Group, is a not-for-profit organisation that works to develop sustainable tourism destinations in close collaboration with host communities. Basecamp has over the past 13 years developed sustainable tourism ventures (eco-tourism) in Kenya, India, France and Svalbard. As one of Kenya’s most awarded tourism organisation, Basecamp continues to provide leadership in sustainable tourism and community development.
CarpeDM Adventures, is a adventure company founded in 2007 in Quito Ecuador. We are committed to meeting the needs of the community, clients and business partners through innovative programs that enhance the delivery of quality adventure travel. Building the social consciousness of the world one tour at a time. Our "DM" or "Doing More" program comprises of the 3/3/3 philosophy, where 3% of our profits will go to local community projects. 3% of our employees time will be dedicated to volunteer personal projects. 3% of our programs will directly impact local communities. We've been featured on CNN ireport, recommended in the Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Petit Fute among other guide books for South America. We pride ourselves in providing great value in our offering, ranging from: Galapagos Island Cruises, Amazon Expeditions, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Trekking, Community Projects and more. Located in the heart of Historical Quioto our passion for adventure and doing more will ensure your time in Ecuador will be a memorable one.
Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)
Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) is a non-profit research institution with offices in Washington, DC and at Stanford University, whose mission is to design, monitor, evaluate, and improve sustainable tourism practices and principles. Its policy-oriented research focuses on tourism as a tool for poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation, as well as socially and environmentally responsible tourism practices.
Chamber of Tourism of La Ceiba, Honduras (CTLC)
Chamber of Tourism of La Ceiba, Honduras (CTLC), is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 which seeks to position La Ceiba as a sustainable tourism destination by focusing both on destination development and strengthening the competitiveness of its private sector affiliates. Proven results have been delivered on product development, advocacy, training/capacity building, marketing and technical assistance. Together with LARECOTURH- Rural Tourism Community Network of Honduras, we promote sustainable community tourism and also pride ourselves in pioneering the creation of a Destination Management Organization (DMO) integrated by local governments and LARECOTURH while actively engaging in joint efforts towards sustainable forestry management with eight other key specialized organizations as a mechanism for poverty reduction and social development in Honduras. The Chamber of Tourism of La Ceiba has recently partnered with the World Tourism Organization (WTO), the Honduras Tourism Ministry (SECTUR), ZOLITUR-Zona Libre de Turismo and the Honduran National Autonomous University (UNAH) in establishing the first Sustainable Tourism and Climate Change Observatory in the American continent. For more information please visit: www.camaradeturismodelaceiba.com and to learn more of La Ceiba www.visitlaceiba.com.
Confluence Sustainability, true to its name, brings together like-minded professionals and organizations committed to sustainability across its full spectrum: environmental and resource conservation, preservation of cultural heritage, and economic vitality. 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.
Coastal & Marine Union - EUCC
The Coastal & Marine Union - EUCC is is dedicated to conserving and maintaining healthy seas and attractive coasts for both people and nature. It is one of the largest international networks of coastal practitioners and experts, with offices in seven countries, and with 2700 expert members and member organisations in 40 countries all over the world. One of the Union's contributions in the field of tourism is QualityCoast, the largest international certification programme for sustainable tourism destinations. Since 2007, more than 125 tourism destinations in 23 countries have been selected for a QualityCoast Award: coastal towns, resorts and islands. The Union is seeking partners for a global destination award programme that should be in full compliance with GSTC guidance.
DER Touristik is the second largest tour operating company in Germany, specialized in packaged and tailor-made tours to all continents. The company has adopted environmental principles and launched various activities to raise awareness among customers and suppliers and has committed to a set of sustainable principles that call for the protection of natural resources, respect for local cultural traditions, child protection, and improvement of the quality of life in destinations. These principles involve all relevant actors: customers, destinations, hotels, transport, operators, and travel agencies. Elements of the sustainable program are staff trainings, support for research and projects at holiday destinations, informing customers, and mitigation of impacts in sensitive areas.
Ecamp has more than 20 years experience in the travel industry as a Tour Operator specialized in holidays accommodation in camping and outdoor resorts and parks. Previously operating in the Netherlands we are now in almost every country in Europe, mainly in France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. Our Headquater is in Zurich and we are part of the group “La Compagnie des vacances” operating the leadership brand in Europe Camping N°1.
European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality (EARTH)
Launched in Brussels on October 2008, the European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality (EARTH) is the first European Network created by experts of responsible tourism. The non-profit association is composed by private organizations based in 7 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain). EARTH has one main goal: transform and unite Europe in “One Europe for Responsible Tourism”. The network brings to life the principles of sustainability, fairness and solidarity in the tourism field, by promoting the exchange of good practices, experience and knowledge among its members.
Earthcheck is the world's largest certifier of sustainable travel and tourism operators. With more than 1000 clients in over 70 countries, the environmental management program responds directly to the challenges posed by climate change, waste reduction and non-renewable resource management. It provides a benchmarking, certification and performance improvement system that results in average savings of 30 per cent for energy and waste stream, and 20 per cent savings for water consumption.