Travel 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Become an Approved Certification: Whether you are a Sustainable tourism standard or certification program, learn more about GSTC recognition, approval and accreditation.
Help Shape the Definition of Sustainable Tourism: Contribute to the development of the GSTC criteria for destination by providing feedback to the Destination Criteria Draft.
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 (currently in the process of public consultation of the first draft).