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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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.
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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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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!
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.