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2 02, 2017

EarthCheck Evaluate Standard

2017-02-02T02:14:00+08:00February 2nd, 2017|

  EarthCheck Evaluate assesses an operator’s economic, social and environmental impact. The program is the product of 15 years of market research and experience through EarthCheck’s flagship program, EarthCheck Certified, which has helped clients across 70 countries realize more than $500 million in savings. EarthCheck Evaluate uses internationally recognized criteria to report on management performance [...]

4 12, 2012

Travelife Standard for Hotels & Accommodations

2018-01-09T16:40:16+08:00December 4th, 2012|

The Travelife for Hotels & Accommodations international certification scheme works with its members to increase their sustainability. The Travelife criteria cover environmental, social and economic business impacts, and a hotel's success in meeting these criteria is assessed by independent auditors. Hotels meeting the Travelife standard can promote their business with the Travelife 'Gold' and 'Award [...]

4 12, 2012

Travelife Standard for Tour Operators & Travel Agents

2018-08-22T17:46:31+08:00December 4th, 2012|

Founded in 2007, the Travelife Sustainability System promotes sustainable practices within the travel and tourism industry. Travelife works in partnership with its tour operator members who use the sustainability system as a tool to improve their own sustainability as well as that of their supply chain. Travelife is providing training, implementation tools and certification for [...]

4 12, 2012

NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Standard for Accommodation

2019-09-14T23:35:23+08:00December 4th, 2012|

The NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification for Accommodations is an international scheme owned and managed by Nature, Economy and People Connected (NEPCon), a global non-profit, mission-driven organization that works for sustainable land use and climate friendly solutions in over 100 countries around the world. It recognizes the sustainability efforts of accommodations who are committed to [...]

4 12, 2012

Eco-Certification Malta

2012-12-04T02:18:26+08:00December 4th, 2012|

  The Eco-certification is the national scheme for ensuring the environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural sustainability of hotels and farmhouses on the Maltese Islands. The scheme was launched by the Malta Tourism Authority in 2002 and today represents over 16% of hotel accommodation covering 5-star, 4-star and 3-star categories. The criteria were last revised in June [...]

4 12, 2012

Japan Environmentally Sustainable Accommodations International Standard (ESAIS)

2012-12-04T02:18:04+08:00December 4th, 2012|

  Japan Ecolodge Association (ECOLA) endeavors to disseminate the ecolodge concepts by offering the GSTC recognized JEnvironmentally Sustainable Accommodations International Standard (ESAIS) and the certification program. We firmly believe that the locally operated low-impact nature-based lodges with educational and interpretative programs can lead to help conservation and improve sustainability of surrounding nature while revitalizing the [...]

4 12, 2012

Green Star Hotel Certificate

2012-12-04T02:17:24+08:00December 4th, 2012|

  The Green Star Hotel Certificate for tourist’s accommodation businesses is awarded to tourist accommodations in Egypt for their commitment in the field of environmentally friendly management and social responsibility. The Green Star Hotel Certification Programme is a national certification and capacity building programme under the patronage of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism. It has [...]

4 12, 2012

Green Globe

2012-12-04T02:17:24+08:00December 4th, 2012|

  Green Globe provides certification, training & education, and marketing services in over 90 countries worldwide. Based in Los Angeles, California and with representations in Latin & South America, Middle East, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia, Green Globe provides certification for the sustainable operations and management of travel and tourism companies and their related supplier [...]

4 12, 2012

European Ecotourism Labeling Standard (EETLS)

2012-12-04T02:16:44+08:00December 4th, 2012|

  The European Ecotourism Knowledge Network (ECOLNET) is a 3-year project (2010-2013) co-financed by the European Commission, Lifelong Learning Programme, Transversal Programmes, Key Activity 3 – ICT Networks. ECOLNET has a dual aim: a) to create an Ecotourism network to bring together a variety of stakeholders and b) to develop innovative evaluation tools and learning [...]

4 12, 2012

Ecotourism Ireland Certification Programme

2012-12-04T02:16:11+08:00December 4th, 2012|

  Ecotourism Ireland is an organisation set up to stimulate the development of ecotourism countrywide. To achieve these ends we have facilitated the development of an ecotourism quality label that we hope will stimulate the development of new ecotourism experiences in Ireland and at the same time defend the ethical values of existing ecotourism operators. [...]

4 12, 2012

Ecotourism Australia’s ecotourism standard & advanced ecotourism standard

2018-08-22T17:47:15+08:00December 4th, 2012|

Ecotourism Australia was formed in 1991 as an incorporated non-profit organisation, and is the peak national body for the ecotourism industry. The organisation has a diverse membership that includes key industry sectors and including ecotourism accommodation, tour and attraction operators; tourism planners; protected area managers, and other government agencies; academics and students; tourism, environmental, interpretation [...]

4 12, 2012

EarthCheck Company Standard

2018-08-22T17:47:36+08:00December 4th, 2012|

EarthCheck is used by travel and tourism organisations around the world, to validate their carbon claims and guide their sustainability initiatives. It is the largest environmental benchmarking, certification and management solution in use by this industry and the leading program in-market.

27 06, 2012

Election Results Announced August 1st

2012-06-27T19:57:06+08:00June 27th, 2012|

The 2012 GSTC Board Member Elections commenced yesterday. We thank all our candidates for their commitment and we thank everyone who voted.  We will fill five regular Board Seats and one observer seat for a Certification representative.  Results will be announced August 1st. 

23 06, 2012

FAQ: GSTC Integrity Program

2017-03-04T16:43:57+08:00June 23rd, 2012|

What is “GSTC-Recognized”? Recognition by the GSTC means evaluating a written, published sustainable tourism standard to ensure that it contains all of the elements of the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC Criteria). We call this being aligned with or equivalent to the GSTC Criteria. The standard can contain more criteria and should reflect local conditions [...]

23 06, 2012

Glossary: GSTC Recognition, Approval, and Accreditation Terms

2012-06-23T20:41:21+08:00June 23rd, 2012|

The following have been written to explain the meaning of terms used in the GSTC Process, although account has been taken of generic definitions used elsewhere. For those terms not defined here, the hierarchy of definitions used is: a) ISEAL standards setting code version 5 b) ISO/IEC DIS 17065 c) ISO/IEC 17011 d) ISO/IEC 17000 [...]

23 06, 2012

Accreditation for Certifying Bodies

2019-01-17T11:55:21+08:00June 23rd, 2012|

GSTC Accredited means that a Certifying Body (CB) is using a GSTC-Recognized standard and awards certification according to processes that comply with international standards and good practices. Businesses certified by an Accredited CB can use the GSTC Certified mark in accordance with GSTC licensing. GSTC Accredited status is the most reliable and cost effective way [...]

23 06, 2012

GSTC Approval Program

2012-06-23T20:25:58+08:00June 23rd, 2012|

GSTC Approved means that a certification program is using a GSTC-Recognized standard and is following processes and procedures that have been reviewed and approved by the GSTC Accreditation Panel. Businesses certified by an approved certification program can also use the GSTC Certified language and logos and can expect favorable positioning in the market place, among other benefits. [...]

17 06, 2012

Save the Date for the GSTC Annual Meeting

2012-06-17T19:38:07+08:00June 17th, 2012|

Please join us for the 3rd Annual GSTC Membership Council Meeting - September 25th-28th, 2012 in Washington DC. Meet GSTC Members and Board Members. Contribute and shape the work of our programs. Share and learn from Special Thematic Sessions. Final dates and agenda coming soon!

17 06, 2012

Board Election voting begins June 20th

2012-06-17T19:37:32+08:00June 17th, 2012|

The Board Member application process has concluded. The election will be open for voting on June 20th. Nominees will be announced soon, so please stay tuned to learn about each individual candidate.

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