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23 01, 2021

Utah Office of Tourism Joins GSTC

2021-01-23T12:24:58+08:00January 23rd, 2021|Tags: , |

The Utah Office of Tourism has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a destination member. The mission of the Utah Office of Tourism is “to elevate life in Utah through responsible tourism stewardship.” The Utah Office of Tourism’s key areas of focus include marketing and advertising, research, publications, information services, media relations, [...]

15 01, 2021

GSTC Destination Criteria v2 – Now Available in Korean

2021-01-19T13:09:55+08:00January 15th, 2021|

The GSTC Destination Criteria v2 has been translated to Korean and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. GSTC 관광지 기준 v2.0 의 한국어 번역본이 나왔습니다. Criteria Translations section 에서 다운로드 받으십시오.

5 01, 2021

GSTC Destination Criteria v2 – Now Available in Vietnamese

2021-01-21T17:39:55+08:00January 5th, 2021|

The GSTC Destination Criteria v2 has been translated into Vietnamese and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section.Tiêu Các Tiêu chí về Điểm đến của GSTC, Phiên bản 2.0, đã được dịch sang tiếng Việt và có thể tải về từ mục Criteria Translations.

17 12, 2020

GSTC 2020 Online Members Meeting Brought Together 280 Members

2020-12-25T11:52:19+08:00December 17th, 2020|

GSTC 2020 Members Online Meeting The GSTC 2020 Online Members Meeting that took place on December 8th and 10th, brought together a total of 280 participants from 56 countries in the two meetings. Every year, GSTC holds a professional conference focusing on sustainable tourism, standards, certifications, and the GSTC Criteria. The themes are different [...]

16 12, 2020

Sustainable Tourism for Destinations: Insights from the GSTC Destination Criteria 2.0 for Sustainable Tourism (Part 4 of 4)

2020-12-22T14:00:04+08:00December 16th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Introduction Sustainable Tourism is a set of complex activities. The complexity comes from many different individuals working towards the corresponding goal. Despite the complexity, the benefits of sustainable tourism in destination communities outway the challenges. As communities grapple with the positive and negative effects of tourism, guidance on how to implement sustainable tourism has [...]

16 12, 2020

Sustainable Tourism for Destinations: Insights from the GSTC Destination Criteria 2.0 for Sustainable Tourism (Part 3 of 4)

2020-12-22T13:59:58+08:00December 16th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Introduction Sustainable Tourism is a set of complex activities. The complexity comes from many different individuals working towards the corresponding goal. Despite the complexity, the benefits of sustainable tourism in destination communities outway the challenges. As communities grapple with the positive and negative effects of tourism, guidance on how to implement sustainable tourism has [...]

16 12, 2020

Sustainable Tourism for Destinations: Insights from the GSTC Destination Criteria 2.0 for Sustainable Tourism (Part 2 of 4)

2020-12-22T13:59:50+08:00December 16th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Introduction Sustainable Tourism is a set of complex activities. The complexity comes from many different individuals working towards the corresponding goal. Despite the complexity, the benefits of sustainable tourism in destination communities out way the challenges. As communities grapple with the positive and negative effects of tourism, guidance on how to implement sustainable tourism [...]

16 12, 2020

Sustainable Tourism for Destinations: Insights from the GSTC Destination Criteria 2.0 for Sustainable Tourism (Part 1 of 4)

2020-12-22T13:59:45+08:00December 16th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Introduction Sustainable Tourism is a set of complex activities. The complexity comes from the fact that there are many different individuals working towards the same goal. It is also complicated as there are several activities that must be undertaken at the same time for things to run smoothly. Despite the complexity, the benefits of [...]

4 12, 2020

GSTC Training Short Course for Swisscontact Indonesia

2020-12-09T17:36:11+08:00December 4th, 2020|

GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training for Swisscontact Indonesia The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) delivered a custom short online course on December 1st and 2nd, 2020, for Swisscontact Indonesia. The short training course was attended by 20 Swisscontact officers representing the following projects by the Swiss-Indonesian Development Cooperation: Sustainable Tourism Destination Development (SusTour), which [...]

23 11, 2020

Valsugana Tourism Board Joins GSTC

2020-11-25T19:23:22+08:00November 23rd, 2020|Tags: , |

APT Valsugana Tourism Board has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a destination member. Valsugana is located in northeastern Italy, with 62,000 inhabitants in 24 municipalities. After 15 years of planning, designing, implementing and monitoring the tourism activity in their area, Valsugana Tourism Board realized it was the right time to start opening [...]

15 11, 2020

Booking.com’s Sustainability Handbook

2021-01-15T18:29:26+08:00November 15th, 2020|Tags: |

Booking.com's 2020 survey found that demand for sustainable accommodation is growing year on year: 82% of global travellers identified sustainable travel as important to them; 70% say they’re more likely to book accommodation if they know it’s eco-friendly. Therefore, Booking.com launched a new sustainability handbook for its partners. The handbook includes information on setting [...]

12 11, 2020

“Using Standards to Scale Sustainability in Tourism” – One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme 2019 Annual Magazine

2020-11-28T11:39:06+08:00November 12th, 2020|Tags: , , |

"Using Standards to Scale Sustainability in Tourism" case study in the One Planet - Sustainable Tourism Programme 2019 Annual Magazine: There are countless standards and certification schemes for sustainable tourism in the world. This provides opportunity, but also confusion. For this reason, UNEP and UNWTO joined forces with industry leaders and the conservation community [...]

11 11, 2020

MSC Cruises Calls Shore Excursion Tour Operators to Become Certified to the GSTC Criteria

2021-01-07T17:36:07+08:00November 11th, 2020|Tags: |

In their 2019 Sustainability Report 2019, MSC Cruises aims for all shore excursion tour operators at their frequent destinations to be certified to the GSTC Criteria as part of the PROTECTOURS Program: “In 2019, approximately 10% of our excursions were with tour operators certified to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council - GSTC standards. The GSTC [...]

10 11, 2020

GSTC Industry Criteria – Now Available in Japanese

2020-11-10T22:17:05+08:00November 10th, 2020|Tags: , |

The GSTC Industry Criteria has been translated into Japanese and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. GSTC観光産業向け基準が日本語に翻訳されました。基準(多言語)のページよりダウンロードが可能です。

10 11, 2020

GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training for the Japan Tourism Agency (JTA)

2020-11-26T00:22:01+08:00November 10th, 2020|

In September and October 2020, the GSTC, in partnership with the Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) offered professional training sessions of the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) in five regional destinations: 三浦半島 Miura, Kanagawa 京都 Kyoto ニセコ Niseko, Hokkaido 沖縄 Okinawa 白川村 Shirakawa, Gifu These destinations are part of the JTA's ongoing efforts to implement the Japan Sustainable Tourism [...]

27 10, 2020

Hotelbeds joins the GSTC and launches The Green Hotels Programme to support sustainable tourism

2020-10-28T12:35:44+08:00October 27th, 2020|Tags: , |

Hotelbeds is launching a new initiative to identify, highlight and promote sustainable accommodation within its hotel portfolio. Over 15,000 properties are already part of The Green Hotels Programme and are available from today to more than 60,000 B2B travel buying partners worldwide. Additionally, Hotelbeds announces it has become a full member of the Global [...]

27 10, 2020

GreenStep Sustainable Tourism Standard is a GSTC-Recognized Standard

2020-10-28T12:36:12+08:00October 27th, 2020|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the GreenStep Sustainable Tourism Standard (version 2) for Lodging and Tour Operators has achieved the ‘GSTC-Recognized Standard’ status. GreenStep’s Sustainable Tourism standard is part of their broader Sustainable Tourism 2030 initiative, which provides programs and services for destinations, tourism businesses, and accommodation providers. [...]

26 10, 2020

Turismo de Portugal Joins GSTC

2020-10-27T09:46:21+08:00October 26th, 2020|Tags: |

Turismo de Portugal has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a destination member. Turismo de Portugal is the official Portuguese Tourism Board, responsible for the promotion, development and sustainability of tourist activity in the country. It thus unites in one single body all the institutional powers relating to the development of tourism, [...]

8 10, 2020

Destination Stewardship Report – Autumn 2020 (Volume 1, Issue 2)

2020-11-06T11:05:57+08:00October 8th, 2020|

Destination Stewardship Report Autumn 2020 October-December (Volume 1, Issue 2) The Destination Stewardship Report is an e-quarterly collaboration between the Destination Stewardship Center and Global Sustainable Tourism Council, and in time maybe others. Our goal is to provide practical information and insights useful to anyone whose work or interests involve improving destination stewardship in a [...]

6 10, 2020

GSTC Destination Criteria v2 – Now Available in Thai

2020-10-06T11:36:03+08:00October 6th, 2020|Tags: , |

The GSTC Destination Criteria v2.0 has been translated into Thai and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. เกณฑ์การท่องเที่ยวอย่างยั่งยืนโลก สำหรับแหล่งท่องเที่ยว v2.0 (GSTC Destination Criteria v2.0) แปลภาษาไทย สามารถดาวน์โหลดได้แล้วที่ Criteria Translations.

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