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16 10, 2017

The GSTC is saddened by the loss of Carlos Alberto Arrarte, GSTC Country Representative for Peru

2017-10-20T10:08:08+00:00 October 16th, 2017|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and its members are very saddened by the loss of Carlos Alberto Arrarte (1954-2017), Carlos Alberto became the GSTC Country Representative for Peru last month, after attending GSCT2017 in Aysen, Chile. In his new role as GSTC Country Representative for Peru, Carlos Alberto had begun planning a regional conference [...]

12 10, 2017

Sustainable Tourism and Training: Boosting Skills, Expanding Opportunities

2017-10-12T16:22:26+00:00 October 12th, 2017|

"The skills and talents of tourism professionals are a critical part of ensuring a sustainable future for the travel and tourism industry and its role in supporting the global sustainable development goals." The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) has contributed to the September / October 2017 edition of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Connected [...]

9 10, 2017

10YFP STP Annual Magazine 2016/2017

2017-10-12T09:41:44+00:00 October 9th, 2017|

The 10YFP-STP Annual Magazine 2016/2017 is out! Learn about the efforts of the network, including many GSTC activities, and an interview with Randy Durband, GSTC CEO. The Annual Magazine features the programme’s milestones since the previous issue as well as a selection of the contributions of various network members to the Portfolio of Activities in 2016/2017, which [...]

28 09, 2017

Sustainable Travel Can Be Budget-Friendly

2017-09-28T12:25:51+00:00 September 28th, 2017|

But sustainable tourism doesn’t have to be expensive. Not only that, “it should actually be cheaper,” said Kelly Bricker, vice-chair of the board of directors of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, or G.S.T.C. “There should be cost savings for doing the right thing. If you’re sourcing locally, reinvesting back into the community, it should be cheaper [...]

27 09, 2017

World Tourism Day 2017: Message from GSTC Chair

2017-09-27T07:47:19+00:00 September 27th, 2017|

"This year's World Tourism Day is celebrated in the context of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and is therefore at the core of the GSTC mission to promote and implement sustainable tourism worldwide. At a time where the value of tourism is recognized by the United Nations, but is also criticized for [...]

25 09, 2017

GSTC Attracts Global Participation to Address Sustainable Destinations

2017-10-12T09:39:55+00:00 September 25th, 2017|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council - GSTC just completed its annual meeting in Aysen, Patagonia, Chile. The conference included 250 participants from 30 countries from North America, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The conference was a huge success. Roi Ariel, GSTC General Manager stated: “The interest and thirst for knowledge of sustainable [...]

14 09, 2017

Sustainable Destinations was the leading themes at the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2017 in Aysen, Chile

2017-09-15T06:22:16+00:00 September 14th, 2017|

Sustainable Destinations was the leading themes at the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2017 in Aysen, Chile The Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2017 in Aysén, Chile (GSTC2017Aysen), brought together 250 delegates from 29 countries, as well as thousands of viewers joining the the live broadcast of the conference. The Conference focused on “Sustainable Destinations”, and the [...]

14 09, 2017

Destinos Sostenibles fue el tema principal en la Conferencia Global de Turismo Sostenible 2017 en Aysén, Chile

2017-09-15T06:25:39+00:00 September 14th, 2017|

Destinos Sostenibles fue el tema principal en la Conferencia Global de Turismo Sostenible 2017 en Aysén, Chile La Conferencia Global de Turismo Sostenible 2017 en Aysén, Chile (GSTC2017Aysen), reunió a alrededor de 250 delegados de 29 países, así como a miles de espectadores que se unieron a la transmisión en vivo de la conferencia. La [...]

9 09, 2017

Regenera NGO (Chile) and Sustainable Riviera Maya (Mexico) Sign a Collaboration MOU at GSTC2017

2017-09-12T09:22:53+00:00 September 9th, 2017|

During the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference in Aysén, Chile (GSTC2017), two GSTC members - Regenera NGO from Chile and Sustainable Riviera Maya from Mexico - have signed an MOU as a collaboration framework for greater impact. The MOU reinforces and strengthen the bonds of GSTC members and country representatives in Latin America. The collaboration includes [...]

30 08, 2017

Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2017 Aysen, Chile: One Week Away

2017-08-28T10:46:49+00:00 August 30th, 2017|

 The Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2017 in Aysen, Chile (GSTC2017 Aysen), hosted by Aysen and organized by Sernatur and GSTC, is one week away: September 6th-9th in Coyhaique, Aysen Region, Chile. The main theme of GSTC2017 Aysen focuses on “Sustainable Destinations”, including management, marketing and certification, all key issues addressed by the GSTC Criteria. Topics [...]

30 08, 2017

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council announces the results of their 2017 Board of Directors Election

2017-08-30T10:44:03+00:00 August 30th, 2017|

The GSTC Board of Directors plays an integral role in the leadership of the organization. Most seats on the board are filled via annual elections of and by current members of the Council. The GSTC Election Committee has validated the votes and has released the results. Three current board members were re-elected to 3-year terms: [...]

26 08, 2017

Are Ecotourism and Sustainable Travel The Same Thing?

2017-08-26T10:18:40+00:00 August 26th, 2017|

Many confuse between the terms "Sustainable Tourism" and "Ecotourism". To understand the difference, read the article Are Ecotourism and Sustainable Travel The Same Thing? by James Hale. "Sustainability is a phrase that’s been used in countless different industries and situations, and the wide scope of its usage gives a big clue to what ‘sustainable travel’ actually is: [...]

16 08, 2017

GSTC in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China

2017-08-28T15:39:19+00:00 August 16th, 2017|

The Government of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of the People's Republic of China (Garze) and the Global Su stainable Tourism Council (GSTC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to recognize cooperation to mutual endeavour to promote the sustainable tourism development of Garze. The signature ceremony took place at the First Daocheng Yading Shangri-La International Mountain [...]

27 07, 2017

GSTC Has Formed a Business Travel Working Group

2017-08-31T18:47:30+00:00 July 27th, 2017|

The GSTC has formed a new working group focused on Business Travel and Meetings & Events (i.e. MICE). This group will investigate the role GSTC can play in promoting sustainability within MICE and business travel. Tell us what you think on the current usage of and demand for certification in Business Travel and Meetings & Events through this short survey: GSTC has formed he Business Travel Working Group (BTWG), in order to promote [...]

25 07, 2017

Mountain IDEAL Standard for Destinations Achieves GSTC Recognition

2017-07-26T09:33:08+00:00 July 25th, 2017|

July 25, 2017 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Mountain IDEAL Standard for Destinations has achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized’ status. The Mountain IDEAL destination standard has been developed to address sustainability in mountain environments that include winter and summer activities.  These unique challenges and opportunities include issues like water and [...]

20 07, 2017

GSTC at the Inaugural BIMP-EAGA Higher Education Summit 2017 in Malaysia

2017-07-26T12:17:52+00:00 July 20th, 2017|

On 19-20 July 2017, the Inaugural BIMP-EAGA Higher Education Summit took place at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), where GSTC Chair, Mr. Luigi Carbrini, delivered a special keynote speech on "Sustainable Tourism as a Tool for Development" under the Summit's theme “Education and Socio-Cultural Understanding for Regional Sustainability”. BIMP-EAGA refers to "Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area" (see [...]

2 07, 2017

Heads of UNWTO, UN Environment, UNFCCC Recommend Using the GSTC Criteria

2017-07-17T15:57:53+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|

"Getting started can be tricky. There can be hundreds of different sustainable tourism standards to choose from. The GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council) has a reliable guide and maintains recent sustainability criteria for hotels, destinations and tour operators." Taleb Rifai, UNWTO UNWTO Secretary General; Erik Solheim, UN Environment Executive Director; and Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive [...]

28 06, 2017

GSTC Training: Sustainable Tourism Training in Taiwan

2017-06-28T13:31:42+00:00 June 28th, 2017|

The GSTC Training Partner Globe Ecotourism Training Centre offered from 16-18 June 2017, a 3-day training class of the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Supported by GSTC members, Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area Administration (Taiwan Tourism Bureau, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications) and Sustainable Travel Taiwan, the [...]

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