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2 02, 2017

EarthCheck Evaluate Standard

2017-02-02T02:14:00+00:00 February 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

TourCert Standard for Tour Operators

2019-03-31T17:52:35+00:00 December 4th, 2012|

TourCert is a non-profit organization for certification in tourism. Founded in 2009, TourCert provides various indicators, criteria and tools in order to make Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of tour operators measurable. TourCert brings together experts from the tourism industry, universities, environment and development organizations and politics. Enterprises committed to CSR take responsibility for the [...]

4 12, 2012

Travelife Standard for Hotels & Accommodations

2018-01-09T16:40:16+00:00 December 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+00:00 December 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

Sustainable Tourism Eco-Certification Program (STEP)

2012-12-04T02:19:29+00:00 December 4th, 2012|

  A global non-profit and industry thought leader since 2002, Sustainable Travel International offers innovative programs that support sustainable development through responsible travel. Our practical solutions help destinations and businesses of all sizes respond to sustainability challenges, while strengthening the positive impacts of tourism worldwide.

4 12, 2012

Rainforest Alliance standard for tourism operations

2012-12-04T02:19:04+00:00 December 4th, 2012|

  The Rainforest Alliance works with hotels, restaurants and other tourism businesses to help them improve their environmental, social and economic practices. Through training and technical assistance, we teach them how to operate sustainably and verify their progress toward this goal. Those enterprises that meet our requirements are eligible to receive promotional benefits, including the [...]

4 12, 2012

Eco-Certification Malta

2012-12-04T02:18:26+00:00 December 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+00:00 December 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 Globe

2012-12-04T02:17:24+00:00 December 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

Green Star Hotel Certificate

2012-12-04T02:17:24+00:00 December 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

European Ecotourism Labeling Standard (EETLS)

2012-12-04T02:16:44+00:00 December 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+00:00 December 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+00:00 December 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+00:00 December 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.

4 12, 2012

Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) for hotels

2012-12-04T02:14:04+00:00 December 4th, 2012|

  The Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program - CST - is a product of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT). The CST was designed to differentiate businesses of the tourism sector, based on the degree to which they comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management.CST is regulated by the Costa [...]

27 06, 2012

Election Results Announced August 1st

2012-06-27T19:57:06+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 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. [...]

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