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29 10, 2018

Loved to death: tipping point to prevent popular destinations in Southeast Asia from being ruined

2018-10-31T14:41:50+00:00 October 29th, 2018|

"With tourism arrivals tripling over the past two decades, the region has reached a tipping point in terms of its ability to prevent popular destinations from being ruined But wherever tourism is developed, it is critical to preserve both natural resources and local culture, says Mr Randy Durband, GSTC CEO." Read the full article: Loved [...]

26 10, 2018

GSTC in Malaga, Spain

2018-10-31T14:27:15+00:00 October 26th, 2018|

The Delegation of Environment and Promotion of the Territory of Málaga, Spain, hosted the III Malaga Viva Annual Meeting (III Encuentro Anual Málaga Viva), a province against climate change on October 23, 2018. GSTC Chair, Mr. Luigi Cabrini, participated in a dialogue on climate change, along with, Alicia Torrego (CONAMA) and Mariano Sidrach (Fundación Renovables). [...]

26 10, 2018

GSTC – Green Destinations Sustainable Tourism Training

2018-10-26T05:02:02+00:00 October 26th, 2018|

Sustainable Destination Training by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and Green Destinations The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and Green Destinations will jointly offer a 4-day training class in February 2019, focusing on best practices in sustainable destination development and management. The training program will include a 2-day training focused on the GSTC [...]

18 10, 2018

GSTC Keynotes the International Cruise Forum in Taiwan 2018

2018-10-31T14:27:21+00:00 October 18th, 2018|

On October 6, GSTC Chair, Mr. Luigi Cabrini, delivered the keynote speech at the International Cruise Forum in Taiwan 2018, hosted by Taiwan Tourism Bureau. “Whatever the stage of development of a destination, a susustainability-based strategy is essential, and the GSTC criteria provide a comprehensive and practical reference,” said Mr. Cabrini. [...]

18 10, 2018

Vireo Srl promotes Certifications According to the GSTC Criteria in Italy

2018-10-31T12:52:11+00:00 October 18th, 2018|

On October 2nd Vireo srl organized a conference concerning the certifications according to the GSTC criteria (Global Sustainable Tourism Council) at the municipal hall of Sesto, Italy. Many speakers took part during the event with significant speeches about the sustainability in the tourism market, especially regarding hotel industry. The event started with four main contributors: first, [...]

12 10, 2018

The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2018

2018-10-25T18:45:12+00:00 October 12th, 2018|

The Center for Responsible Travel has released its annual report, “The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2018.” This report provides the tourism industry with key examples and best practices for mainstreaming responsible travel and addressing the complex issue of overtourism. "Certification continues to play an important role among responsibly-minded businesses, with the [...]

9 10, 2018

Audubon: How Ecotourists Can Avoid Getting Greenwashed

2018-10-26T15:14:17+00:00 October 9th, 2018|

"Look for seals of approval from Global Sustainable Tourism Council, The Long Run, and Rainforest Alliance; all of these groups factor energy and water use, as well as sustainability and improving the livelihoods of local people. " Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, emphasizes the importance of choosing accredited accommodations and operators. “Certification equals [...]

4 10, 2018

GSTC Training in Pattaya, Thailand with Mae Fah Luang University

2018-10-04T21:31:00+00:00 October 4th, 2018|

The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) offered a 3-day training class for representatives of Mae Fah Luang University (28-30 September 2018). The training was attended by an interdisciplinary group of professionals representing various fields including architecture, law, environmental science and business management. The training was delivered by Dr. Mihee Kang (GSTC Trainer and Asia [...]

28 09, 2018

The Telegraph Article About Bhutan, with GSTC CEO, Randy Durband, Quoted

2018-10-25T17:21:31+00:00 September 28th, 2018|

"Today, tourism is second only to hydropower in terms of revenue. Happily, the demand for guides and drivers creates employment and provides income opportunities via the sale of handicrafts, etc. Moreover, US$65 of the US$250 fee goes to the government who in reinvest it into free education and healthcare for citizens. But some are [...]

16 09, 2018

Sustainable Tourism Training, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia, October 29-31, 2018

2018-11-09T18:48:49+00:00 September 16th, 2018|

What: 3-Day Sustainable Tourism Training by the GSTC - Sanur, Bali, Indonesia When: October 29th - 31st, 2018 Language: English Training Venue: Griya Santrian Hotel, Sanur, Bali *The third day will include a hands-on tour of Sanur, learning about various sustainability practices implemented within the destination. register ABOUT  |  TRAINING GOALS & BENEFITS  [...]

13 09, 2018

Vireo Srl Achieves GSTC-Accredited Status

2018-09-13T16:14:58+00:00 September 13th, 2018|

September 13, 2018 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Vireo Srl has achieved the ‘GSTC-Accredited’ status. Achieving the GSTC-Accredited status means that a certification program is following processes and procedures that have been reviewed and approved by the GSTC Accreditation Panel and by ASI (Accreditation Services International), GSTC’s partner [...]

10 09, 2018

Thailand Minister of Tourism & Sports: “it is more crucial to focus on the GSTC index for further development”

2018-09-16T18:31:46+00:00 September 10th, 2018|

Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Thailand Minister of Tourism & Sport, and Mr. Randy Durband, GSTC CEO In a recent article in The Nation, Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Thailand Minister of Tourism & Sports, said: “We seem to agree that the head counts of foreign tourists or their expenditure are not the top priority. So, targets like 36 million [...]

7 09, 2018

Sustainable Tourism Forum and Training, Yangon, Myanmar 4-5 September 2018

2018-09-13T16:59:07+00:00 September 7th, 2018|

Forum on Sustainability in Tourism & Hospitality The GSTC has partnered with the Vocational Skills Development Program of Swisscontact (the Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation) the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute (MRTI) and Thant Myanmar to jointly organize the second Forum on Sustainability in Tourism & Hospitality, which was held at Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon on the [...]

4 09, 2018

GSTC in Guatemala: the First Congress on Quality and Sustainability

2018-09-28T16:15:13+00:00 September 4th, 2018|

On August 27-28, the First Congress on Quality and Sustainability took place in the City of Guatemala, by the Guatemalan Tourism Board, INGUAT (Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo), a GSTC Member. With 200 participants, the Congress aim was to raise awareness about sustainability in the travel and tourism sector, as well as to encourage the implementation of [...]

31 08, 2018

GSTC Keynotes the 2018 International Symposium of Tourism Development for Sustainability (Taiwan)

2018-09-18T08:40:18+00:00 August 31st, 2018|

GSTC General Manager, Roi Ariel, and GSTC Asia-Pacific Regional Director, Dr. Mihee Kang, delivered the keynote speeches at the 2018 International Symposium of Tourism Development for Sustainability that took place at Nanhua University, Taiwan, on 29-30 August 2018. The Symposium was organized by Taiwan Tourism Bureau Siraya National Scenic Area Administration and Nanhua University Sustainability Center, with welcoming [...]

28 08, 2018

GSTC long-time member Khiri Travel celebrated its 25th anniversary with travel industry leaders

2018-08-29T20:55:52+00:00 August 28th, 2018|

On 24th August, Khiri Travel company employees, travel industry leaders, and other guests, gathered in Bangkok to celebrate Khiri Travel's silver (25th) anniversary. Khiri Travel was founded by Willem Niemeijer in Bangkok in 1993 to arrange travel to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia at a time when the Mekong region was opening to tourists. From [...]

28 08, 2018

St. Kitts’ Sustainable Destination Council (SDC) Joins GSTC

2018-08-28T09:27:18+00:00 August 28th, 2018|

St. Kitts' Sustainable Destination Council (SDC), has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a destination member. The Sustainable Destination Council (SDC) serves as an advisory council for the Ministry of Tourism, with the aim to increase opportunities for locals and tourists to act as destination stewards, and has the influence over the island [...]

16 08, 2018

GSTC Industry Criteria – Now Available in Spanish

2018-08-21T09:14:47+00:00 August 16th, 2018|

The GSTC Industry Criteria has been translated into Spanish and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. Los Criterios GSTC para la Industria Turística se han traducido al Español y están disponibles para descargar en la sección Criteria Translations.

10 08, 2018

TUI Says Sustainability Certified Hotels Result in Better Client Experience

2018-08-10T10:12:25+00:00 August 10th, 2018|

"Hotel sustainability certification is driving savings and increasing customer satisfaction levels, according to Tui research. But it is a challenge 'to get the message to customers' and awareness is hampered by the inaction of leading online travel agents (OTAs) that fail to identify certified hotels." "Certified hotels also recorded higher customer-satisfaction scores. The hotels were [...]

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