Travel helps us discover our world. It gives us new experiences and connects us with other cultures. It reunites us with familiar faces, forges new friendships and teaches us about ourselves.

But it can have consequences, from pollution and the destruction of natural habitats to overcrowding and strain on local infrastructure.

As a result, what travelers desire the most are often at a higher risk of negative impact. That makes sustainability not just an ethical priority, but a business one.

Agoda Works with GSTC and

Agoda has been working with to offer a sustainable hospitality handbook for its partners.

“Think of this guide as your sustainable hospitality handbook. We’re working with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and other sustainability experts to share what properties like yours can do to make positive change in the industry.”

The handbook provides information on setting environmental baselines, reducing plastic consumption, reducing water consumption, reducing energy consumption and using green energy, reducing food waste, and a section on becoming certified as a sustainable accommodation per the GSTC framework. This is a step on a shared journey to create positive change in the travel industry.

Visit Agoda’s sustainable hospitality handbook.

Sustainable Accommodation is what Travelers Want

Travelers and consumers are more eco-conscious nowadays. They are more aware of their environmental, social, and cultural impact, seeking confirmation that sustainability practices are in place.

Sustainability certification for accommodations is a voluntary, third-party assessment through an audit to ensure compliance with sustainable tourism standards. GSTC does not certify directly. Certification is conducted by Certification Bodies (CB) while GSTC provides an accreditation program through its partner Assurance Services International to accredit Certification Bodies.

Accommodations certified by a GSTC-Accredited CB can use the GSTC logo along with the CB’s mark. The logos are also shared with OTAs and other buyers of hotel space.

Learn more about how to become certified as a sustainable accommodation.