August 3, 2015 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council announces the results of their 2015 Board of Directors Elections. 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.

Two current board members were re-elected: Heidi van der Watt (Better Tourism Africa) and Melinda Watt (Earthcheck, as the board’s designated Certification Representative). The election brings one new member to the board: Molly Turner (Airbnb).

Commenting on the election, Board Chair Luigi Cabrini stated “I am very pleased to welcome the newly elected and re-elected members of the Board. The GSTC can count on a vibrant, committed and respected group of professionals ready to engage with all its members and to strengthen our organization as a global leader on sustainable tourism.”

GSTC CEO Randy Durband adds: “As we welcome one new board member and the return of two through re-election, we wish to acknowledge and thank outgoing board member Gwen Migita for her contributions. She devoted her time and organizational resources from Caesar’s to support GSTC, especially in the area of our communications activities and team.”

About the GSTC
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is a global initiative dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism efforts around the world. Housed within the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the GSTC works to expand understanding of and access to sustainable tourism practices; helps identify and generate markets for sustainable tourism; and educates about and advocates for a set of universal principles, as defined by the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria. The Criteria, a set of voluntary principles that provide a framework for the sustainability of tourism businesses across the globe, is the cornerstone of our initiative.