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11 03, 2019

“Quality Through Creativity” Led the 2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Sustainable Tourism Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand

2019-03-21T11:31:45+00:00 March 11th, 2019|

"Quality through Creativity" Led the 2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Sustainable Tourism Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand The 2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Sustainable Tourism Conference "Quality through Creativity" took place from Febraury 27th to March 2nd in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Organized by Thailand’s Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) and the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference (GSTC), the Conference [...]

10 03, 2019

GSTC, The Code and ECPAT International join forces to end the sexual exploitation of children by in travel and tourism

2019-03-15T14:44:02+00:00 March 10th, 2019|

At ITB travel trade show in Berlin, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) signed a ‘memorandum of understanding’ with The Code and ECPAT International to work together to expand standards for the protection of children and to take other measures to end this crime. “Sustainable tourism is on the rise, consumer demand is growing for [...]

6 03, 2019

Hotel Yearbook 2020 Sustainable Hospitality Now Released

2019-03-15T14:38:12+00:00 March 6th, 2019|

The "Hotel Yearbook 2020 – Sustainable Hospitality" has been released and is available online for free. Along the same lines as previous editions of the Hotel Yearbook, the 2020 Sustainable Hospitality edition gathers the thoughts and research from a wide-ranging group of senior executives, analysts, consultants and opinion leaders from all over the world [...]

18 02, 2019

GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training in Bergen, Norway, Feb 14-16, 2019

2019-02-18T22:39:52+00:00 February 18th, 2019|

From Words to Actions From 14-15 February 2019, the GSTC, in partnership with NCE (Norwegian Centres of Expertise) Tourism Fjord Norway offered a training class for tourism industry stakeholders from the Fjord Norway region. The training class, led by Ayako Ezaki (GSTC Training Director) and Nicola Koschel (GSTC Trainer, Sustainable Tourism Consultant), covered sustainability [...]

15 02, 2019

GSTC at COMCEC Tourism Working Group Meeting: “Sustainable Destination Management Strategies in the OIC Member Countries”

2019-02-19T12:38:51+00:00 February 15th, 2019|

The 13th Meeting of the COMCEC Tourism Working Group was held on February 13th, 2019 in Ankara, Turkey, with the theme of “Sustainable Destination Management Strategies in the OIC Member Countries”. The meeting included a presentation by Dr. Ioannis Pappas, GSTC Director Mediterranean Region, on the GSTC's Role and Mission for Sustainable Destinations. The [...]

15 02, 2019

NY Times Calls Travelers to look for GSTC-Accredited Certification Bodies: How to Be a Green Traveler

2019-02-19T11:24:14+00:00 February 15th, 2019|

"The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) [accredits] certification programs for hotels and tour operators [...]. Travelers can visit their site to see lists of these programs, which include The Rainforest Alliance and Earth Check, and hotels that are [certified] will typically show a certification logo on their own websites and marketing materials." Read the full article: How to Be a Green Traveler by By Justin [...]

5 02, 2019

Skyscanner Recommends GSTC: How to be an eco-traveller (and still have it all)

2019-02-19T11:25:17+00:00 February 5th, 2019|

"To find a destination that’s officially certified as taking sustainability issues seriously, visit the GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council) website." Read the full article: How to be an eco-traveller (and still have it all) by By Suzanne King on Skyscanner (February 4, 2019) Confused about the terms "certification", "recognition", "accreditation"? Watch this short video.

26 01, 2019

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Joins GSTC

2019-01-31T16:48:06+00:00 January 26th, 2019|

December 2018 - Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a national member. Tourism Sri Lanka is a ‘Story of Untapped Potential’. Just been voted as the no. 1 destination in the world by Lonely Planet, the island is seeing a rapid demand growth from visitors and [...]

22 01, 2019

GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Offered in Sweden

2019-01-29T07:02:03+00:00 January 22nd, 2019|

Sustainable Tourism Training, Stockholm, Sweden From January 18-20, 2019, a 3-day training class of the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) was offered in Stockholm, Sweden. The training was attended by 18 participants from the ecotourism program at Österlens Folkhögskola, an adult education institution in Tomelilla, Sweden. The training was led by GSTC Trainer [...]

8 01, 2019

Tourism Vancouver Joins GSTC

2019-02-03T11:17:53+00:00 January 8th, 2019|

December 2018 - Tourism Vancouver has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a municipal destination member. Tourism Vancouver is a destination marketing organization and business association representing approximately 1,000 members in tourism and related industries/activities. “We are very pleased to welcome the Tourism Vancouver to GSTC,” says Randy Durband, GSTC CEO. “We [...]

25 12, 2018

TTG Asia Editor’s Pick: Where is sustainability in travel & tourism headed? – by Randy Durband, GSTC CEO

2019-01-31T11:13:54+00:00 December 25th, 2018|

TTG Asia Editor's Pick: Where is sustainability in travel & tourism headed? - by Randy Durband, GSTC CEO What is sustainable tourism? How sustainable is travel and tourism? I’m asked these questions constantly in my leadership role at Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). To the first, our view at GSTC is that “sustainability is a [...]

12 12, 2018

Sustainable Tourism Professionals Gathered at the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2018 in Maun, Botswana

2019-01-21T18:26:29+00:00 December 12th, 2018|

Sustainable Tourism Professionals Gathered at the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2018 in Maun, Botswana The Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2018 in Maun, Botswana, which was organized by Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) and the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference (GSTC), brought together 150 delegates from 26 countries, as well as hundreds of viewers joining the live [...]

12 12, 2018

GSTC Member, GreenOtels announce the “The GreenOtels Award”

2019-01-01T22:02:23+00:00 December 12th, 2018|

GSTC Member, GreenOtels announce the "The GreenOtels Award". The Awards are envisioned to solely give recognition to India's most sustainable, environmentally friendly and socially responsible hotels. The Awards were given to Hotels & Resorts in four categories - Extra Large Hotel Category (250 rooms and above), Large category (120 rooms up to 250), Medium category [...]

1 12, 2018

The GSTC Destination Criteria Revision Has Begun – have your say

2019-01-01T21:39:52+00:00 December 1st, 2018|

The GSTC Destination Criteria revision has begun. According to the GSTC-D Revision Term of Reference, the revision schedule is as follow: Start December 2018: Announcement through publication of these Terms of Reference Early December 2018 – early March 2019: First round consultation Early March 2019 – end May 2019: Resolution/publish response to comments Start June 2019 [...]

1 12, 2018

The GSTC Destination Criteria revision underway – Join the public consultation

2019-01-11T15:21:20+00:00 December 1st, 2018|

The GSTC Destination Criteria revision underway - Join the public consultation The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) invites you to have input into the revision of the GSTC Criteria for Destinations (GSTC Destination Criteria). The GSTC Criteria serve as the global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism. They are the result of [...]

28 11, 2018

New guidance on Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas released by IUCN

2018-11-30T23:00:04+00:00 November 28th, 2018|

IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) has released a new publication titled "Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas", guidelines to help protected area authorities establish sustainable tourism and visitation. Many protected areas are managed for tourism and visitation as one component of achieving their purpose, involving a wide range of stakeholders, including [...]

19 11, 2018

GSTC in Portugal: Cultural Sustainable Destinations without Borders International Summit

2018-12-01T09:52:37+00:00 November 19th, 2018|

On November 15-17, 2018, the "International Summit: Cultural Sustainable Destinations without Borders" was organized by the GSTC Member Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI) and Historical Villages of Portugal. The summit aimed at discussing, reflecting on and raising awareness of a common policy directed to alternative destinations. "The absence of a concrete definition for an alternative [...]

16 11, 2018

GSTC in Canada: Keynoting TOTA AGM & Summit

2018-11-30T23:09:39+00:00 November 16th, 2018|

On November 13 & 14, 2018, the TOTA Annual General Meeting & Tourism Summit took place in Osoyoos, BC, Canada, with the theme “Drive for Sustainability." GSTC CEO, Randy Durband, keynoted the summit, along with Honorable Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture British Columbia; Glenn Mandziuk, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association; Marsha Walden, Destination British Columbia; and Angela Nagy, Greenstep Solutions Inc.

10 11, 2018

GSTC Member Viajar Verde Wins the WTM International Travel & Tourism Awards 2018: Best Digital Influencer in the Industry

2018-11-30T22:48:58+00:00 November 10th, 2018|

GSTC Member Viajar Verde Wins the WTM International Travel & Tourism Awards 2018: Best Digital Influencer in the Industry WTM has announced the 2018 International Travel & Tourism Awards winners at the WTM awards ceremony, on Tuesday 6 November 2018, at London’s Tobacco Dock. The 500+ travel professionals who attended cheered their success and [...]

9 11, 2018

GSTC in the Philippines: Training in Davao Region

2018-12-01T08:27:53+00:00 November 9th, 2018|

As part of Davao Region's pursuit to a more sustainable and inclusive growth tourism and in order to fully implement the UNWTO global sustainability measures, a 3-day Sustainable Tourism Standards Training for Destinations was conducted on 5-7 November 2018, at Seda Abreeza Hotel in Davao City. The training was facilitated by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council [...]

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