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“There can be hundreds of different sustainable tourism standards to choose from. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council has a reliable guide, and maintains recent sustainability criteria for hotels, destinations and tour operators.”

Patricia Espinosa
Executive Secretary UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

“One of the operational policies of the Ministry is that tourism must be ‘clean, safe, unique and sustainable’ using the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Criteria”

H.E. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat 
Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kingdom of Thailand

“There can be hundreds of different sustainable tourism standards to choose from. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council has a reliable guide, and maintains recent sustainability criteria for hotels, destinations and tour operators.”

Erik Solheim
 Previous Executive Director, UN Environment

“Participating in the GSTC program provided us with an objective sustainability evaluation of our destination, and served as a catalyst for the creation of Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program”

Tim O’Donoghue 
Riverwind Foundation Executive Director

“There can be hundreds of different sustainable tourism standards to choose from. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council has a reliable guide, and maintains recent sustainability criteria for hotels, destinations and tour operators.”

Taleb Rifai
Previous Director-General, World Tourism Organisation

“Hotels are making significant efforts to protect the environment and provide a more responsible product. Their level of commitment is conferment by hotel certifications that meet the GSTC requirements”

Annick Guérard
Transat COO

“The St. Kitts Sustainable Destination Council was founded based on the principles of the GSTC Criteria for Destinations following St. Kitts and Nevis’s GSTC destination sustainability assessment”

Diannille Taylor‑Williams
St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism

“Entering a partnership with the GSTC will help us a great deal. Sri Lanka National Sustainable Tourism Certification Scheme is launched to certify tourism establishments in Sri Lanka”

Hon. John Amaratunga
Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Affairs, Sri Lanka

“We have been using the GSTC Criteria to prepare service providers and DMOs for possible future certifications”

Annika Sandström
Tourism Manager, Region Västerbotten (Sweden)