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14 06, 2024

Successful GSTC Hotel Sustainability Training in partnership with Agoda & USAID Empowers Industry Professionals in Kathmandu, Nepal

2024-06-14T14:30:16+08:00June 14th, 2024|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) Hotel Sustainability Training for Industry Professionals, organized in partnership with Agoda and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), successfully concluded on May 31, 2024. This two-day training, held for the first time in Kathmandu, Nepal, aimed to equip hoteliers with the skills and knowledge necessary to implement [...]

11 06, 2024

HNtv INSIDERS – Hotel Sustainability at the Forefront: Insights from the GSTC Global Conference

2024-06-11T15:35:27+08:00June 11th, 2024|

During the GSTC Global Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, HNtv INSIDERS caught up with Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), and Dr. Willy Legrand, Professor at the IU International University of Applied Sciences in Germany. The event aimed to unite global and local tourism professionals engaged in advancing and advocating for [...]

10 06, 2024

Public Consultation of the Draft Action Plans of the UAEU Thematic Partnerships on Sustainable Tourism

2024-06-10T18:53:08+08:00June 10th, 2024|

On June 6th, the European Urban Initiative (EUI) launched the Public Consultation of the draft Action Plans of the Urban Agenda (UA) for the EU Thematic Partnerships on Greening Cities and Sustainable Tourism. The Public Consultation of the draft Action Plan of Sustainable Tourism will be open from 6th June until 11th July. A summary [...]

7 06, 2024

GSTC MICE Early Adopter’s Program for Venues and Event Organizers has been launched

2024-07-15T16:39:07+08:00June 7th, 2024|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) launched the new GSTC MICE Criteria last March 2024, which is divided into three sub-sectors: Venues, Event Organizers, and Events & Exhibitions. GSTC designed the Early Adopter Program to facilitate the practical implementation of the GSTC MICE Criteria, supporting their development and effective application in the industry. The [...]

5 06, 2024

GSTC Requirements for Hotel’s Performance against eight criteria of the GSTC Hotel Criteria

2024-06-09T15:15:16+08:00June 5th, 2024|

In an era where environmental concerns are becoming increasingly central to consumer decisions, the importance of sustainability in business practices cannot be overstated. As companies across the globe strive to align with the GSTC Criteria, the global standards for sustainability in travel and tourism, certification plays a pivotal role in shaping industry norms and [...]

4 06, 2024

Open position: GSTC Training Program Coordinator

2024-07-01T18:58:28+08:00June 4th, 2024|

Overview The GSTC Training Coordinator is responsible for accomplishing a number of operational and administrative functions of the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program and supporting the GSTC Training Manager. See the GSTC Training Program Coordinator Job Description for full details. Roles & Responsibilities Manage the day-to-day work of the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program*, [...]

4 06, 2024

‘Hoteles más Verdes’ in Argentina’s Current Tourism Landscape

2024-06-06T17:55:49+08:00June 4th, 2024|

Hoteles más Verdes (“Greener Hotels”) is the Sustainability Certification Program of The Tourism Hotels Association of the Argentine Republic (Asociación de Hoteles de Turismo de la República Argentina, AHT), a GSTC-Recongnized Standard that promotes the adoption of sustainable tourism good practices in the hospitality industry since 2010. The program certifies with the Eco-label “Hoteles [...]

3 06, 2024

The first GSTC Latin American and Caribbean Summit took place in Santa Marta, Colombia, with 150 attendees from 25 countries

2024-06-25T14:10:08+08:00June 3rd, 2024|

Santa Marta, Colombia, hosted the first GSTC Latin American and Caribbean Summit from May 27 to 29, marking a milestone in the region's journey toward sustainable tourism. The summit, held in Colombia, the ‘País de la Belleza’ (The Country of Beauty), gathered 150 attendees from over 25 countries to collaborate on advancing sustainable tourism [...]

1 06, 2024

Open position: GSTC Accreditation Coordinator

2024-06-28T19:14:29+08:00June 1st, 2024|

Overview The GSTC Accreditation Coordinator supports the strategic goals of GSTC and the policy leadership of the Assurance Director, focusing on the accreditation assessments of certification bodies that certify tourism businesses and destinations against the GSTC Criteria and the GSTC-Recognized standards. In addition, the Accreditation Coordinator manages various aspects of GSTC guidance for GSTC-Accredited [...]

24 05, 2024

Valamar Riviera Joins GSTC

2024-05-24T23:13:55+08:00May 24th, 2024|

Valamar Riviera has joined as a Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) For more than six decades, Valamar Riviera has been providing tourist experiences, services, and offers in destinations along the Adriatic coast — Istria, the islands of Krk, Rab and Hvar, Makarska, Dubrovnik, and Obertauern, Austria — through a diverse portfolio [...]

24 05, 2024

First GSTC Latin American and Caribbean Summit in Santa Marta, Colombia

2024-05-24T15:31:03+08:00May 24th, 2024|

Colombia, 'the country of beauty' will be the epicenter of this important meeting in Latin America and the Caribbean on sustainable tourism, which will seek to promote sustainability and regeneration in the industry and establish a working plan to strengthen the region's sustainable development practices. The first GSTC Latin American and Caribbean Summit will be held in [...]

23 05, 2024

The Ascott Limited gains GSTC-Committed Status

2024-05-23T17:32:49+08:00May 23rd, 2024|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that The Ascott Limited (Ascott) has gained GSTC-Committed status for its adoption (without amendment) of the GSTC Industry Criteria v3.0. Ascott, a lodging business unit wholly owned by CapitaLand Investment, is a hospitality company with more than 950 properties globally, spanning over 220 cities [...]

22 05, 2024

Colombia joins GSTC

2024-05-22T20:37:27+08:00May 22nd, 2024|

The Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism has joined as a Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)  Colombia is celebrated for its vibrant cultural mosaic and varied geography, stretching from the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines to the impressive Andes Mountains. Colombia is listed as one of the world's “megadiverse” countries, hosting [...]

22 05, 2024

World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Development Index 2024: Tourism is Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels, but Challenges Remain

2024-06-04T21:21:34+08:00May 22nd, 2024|

High-income economies in Europe and Asia-Pacific continue to lead the World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Index, with the United States, Spain and Japan topping the rankings again.  Despite post-pandemic growth, the global tourism sector still faces complex challenges, with recovery varied by region; only marginal overall score improvements since the 2021 edition.  Developing [...]

21 05, 2024

GSTC was present at the 6th International Congress on Rural Tourism in Croatia

2024-05-23T18:57:14+08:00May 21st, 2024|

The 6th International Congress on Rural Tourism was held in Split, Croatia, from April 10 to 13, 2024, under the slogan “Rural Tourism: Sustainable, Digital, Inclusive.” The event provided a comprehensive exploration of various aspects of rural tourism, including themes like “European Rural Space: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” “Rural Tourism: A Sustainable Alternative,” “Special Forms [...]

21 05, 2024

The Apurva Kempinski Bali Hotel Achieves the First GSTC Certification in Indonesia by a GSTC-Accredited Certification Body

2024-05-21T17:56:23+08:00May 21st, 2024|

Apurva Kempinski Bali became the first hotel in Indonesia GSTC-Certified by Control Union, a  GSTC-Accredited Certification Body.  The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) manages the GSTC Criteria, the global standards for sustainable travel and tourism and provides international accreditation for sustainable tourism Certification Bodies. Accredited means that a Certification Body (CB) has been verified [...]

20 05, 2024

Public Consultation Open – GSTC Accreditation Manual For Destination Certification Bodies

2024-05-20T19:51:31+08:00May 20th, 2024|

We invite tourism industry stakeholders to participate in the Public Consultation on the revision of the GSTC Accreditation Manual For Destination Certification Bodies v.2.0, which will run for 100 days starting from today, May 20th, 2024, to August 28th, 2024. About the GSTC Accreditation Manual For Destination Certification Bodies v.2.0: The GSTC Accreditation Manual [...]

20 05, 2024

GSTC was present at Fiji’s Tourism Super Week

2024-05-20T17:25:43+08:00May 20th, 2024|

Fiji’s Tourism Super Week, held from April 30th to May 3rd, brought together industry leaders, local businesses, and international experts to discuss and promote sustainable tourism. Hosted by Tourism Fiji, the event featured a series of workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities designed to provide participants with new insights and knowledge in the tourism [...]

20 05, 2024

GSTC Japan Members Meeting concluded successfully

2024-05-20T17:14:54+08:00May 20th, 2024|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) held a workshop for its Japanese members in Tokyo on May 13th, 2024. The event, organized in collaboration with JTB Corp, took place at the JTB Tennozu Head Office Building. The workshop provided a platform for GSTC Japan Members to engage in interactive sessions, discussions, and presentations focusing [...]

19 05, 2024

Jorge Moller, Latin America Program Director of GSTC, Coordinator of the ‘Hydraulic Circuit for Sustainable Tourism in the Atacama Region’ Project

2024-06-06T17:22:46+08:00May 19th, 2024|

Water scarcity is a pressing global issue, affecting billions of people worldwide. It arises when the demand for water exceeds the available supply, often due to factors such as climate change, population growth, and inefficient water use. Regions like Atacama, known for their arid conditions, face significant challenges in ensuring sustainable water management. Addressing [...]

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