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12 10, 2015

FAIRWÄRTS – Competition Invites Ideas for Sustainability and Responsibility in Tourism

2017-07-29T10:45:57+08:00October 12th, 2015|

TourCert, the non-profit certification company, awards the TourCert label for sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in tourism. The TourCert label is awarded in four different sectors including: tour operators, travel agencies and accommodation providers. The TourCert list of criteria for tour operators is officially GSTC-Recognised by the GSTC Criteria for Tour Operators. [...]

22 09, 2015

New Wildlife Conservation Certification Utilizes GSTC Criteria

2017-06-29T14:55:14+08:00September 22nd, 2015|

(September 22nd, 2015) – The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) is a global community formed around showcasing, recognizing and sharing the stories of great conservation enterprises around the world – enterprises that are win-win-wins for people, planet and  profit through the certification of products. WFEN’s effective conservation model can be attributed to their collaborative efforts [...]

28 07, 2015

Khiri Travel At Forefront of Sustainable Tourism in Southeast Asia

2017-06-29T14:56:19+08:00July 28th, 2015|

(July 28, 2015) An interview with Khiri Travel’s Graham Read about their recent Travel Life certification and sustainability practices. The Southeast Asia based destination management company and GSTC member Khiri Travel , recently achieved Travel Life Certification for their Tour Operations in Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam. Khiri group’s new certification is a major advancement for creating [...]

9 07, 2015

3 Things Every Global Sustainable Traveler Should Do

2017-06-29T14:56:33+08:00July 9th, 2015|

(July 9, 2015) A record 1.1 billion tourists traveled to international destinations in 2014, and the World Tourism Organization predicts that international travel will increase by 4% by the end of the year. The tourism industry continues to have an enormous impact on the environment and on communities in and near popular travel destinations – [...]

19 06, 2015

Innovation Norway Advances Sustainable Tourism Through Collaboration

2017-06-29T14:56:46+08:00June 19th, 2015|

(June 18, 2015) Innovation Norway continues to champion sustainable tourism with their recent launch of the country’s Sustainable destination standard. Since May, four destinations in Norway have achieved the new label and one has received the prestigious World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Award for Destination Stewardship. Innovation Norway has successfully advanced [...]

4 06, 2015

GSTC Country Representatives Spread Knowledge of Sustainable Tourism

2017-06-29T15:20:44+08:00June 4th, 2015|

(June 4, 2015) For their contributions to the successful planning and execution of the Latin American Regional Meeting in Quito, Ecuador, the GSTC would like to thank our Country and Regional Representatives: Natalia Naranjo Colombia and Ecuador; D’Arcy Dornan for Brazil and Jorge Moller for Chile and Argentina. Without their outstanding efforts and regional knowledge, [...]

19 05, 2015

Biosphere ITR – Setting the Bar for Approved Standards

2017-07-29T10:45:16+08:00May 19th, 2015|

Biosphere Responsible Tourism Certification, run by Instituto de Turismo Responsible (ITR) recently achieved GSTC Approved Status for their Destination Standards. Previously, ITR had been Approved for their hotel and tour operator standards. This is a landmark accomplishment as ITR is the first to achieve GSTC Approval for both Hotel & Tour Operator and Destination certification standards. Based in Spain, [...]

22 04, 2015

Ecotourism Australia – Improving Tourism with a Recognized Standard

2017-07-29T10:52:13+08:00April 22nd, 2015|

With environmental threats to the Great Barrier Reef reaching alarming concern, GSTC Recognized standard Ecotourism Australia, is guiding hotels and tour operators towards certification and striving to conserve this asset to the tourism industry in Australia.  Ecotourism Australia represents close to 1,500 ecotourism products in and around Australia. Membership is offered for tourism operators and [...]

15 04, 2015

Mount Huangshan Scenic Area to Host GSTC Annual Meeting

2017-07-29T10:52:19+08:00April 15th, 2015|

The iconic Yellow Mountains of Huangshan, China boast the only Global Destination Stewardship Award in the country and an UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Huangshan Scenic Area, China (HSAC) are longtime members of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and past participants of the GSTC Early Adopters Program.  Given these accomplishments, HSAC will be hosting the [...]

23 03, 2015

Apr 10-14, 2015 11th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations

2015-03-23T15:53:29+08:00March 23rd, 2015|

This conference explored responsible tourism and the issues of including marginalized citizens as producers and consumers of tourism. Additionally, the conference examined ways in which responsible tourism principles can contribute to making better environments for people to live in, and visit. This conference aspired to review practice and set the agenda for the next decade [...]

18 03, 2015

Sustainability in Quito, Ecuador- CarpeDM Adventures’ 3.3.3. Program

2017-07-29T10:46:31+08:00March 18th, 2015|

Based in Quito, Ecuador, CarpeDM Adventures is an adventure company committed to meeting the needs of the community, clients and business partners through innovative programs that enhance the delivery of quality adventure travel. Building the social consciousness of the world one tour at a time, CarpeDM adapted the “DM” in CarpeDM to represent “Doing More”. Since inception, CarpeDM always [...]

4 03, 2015

May 21 2015 Global Sustainability Standards Conference: A Roadmap to Change

2015-03-04T17:29:26+08:00March 4th, 2015|

Randy Durband spoke at this event discussing how certification can assist in solving problems like rural poverty and climate change.  Standards and certification are making strides to drive better production practices around the world and raise the sustainability bar in many sectors, but the earth’s systems remain in crisis, with climate change continuing and the [...]

17 02, 2015

IHG’s Paul Snyder & Green Engage

2017-07-29T10:48:08+08:00February 17th, 2015|

Paul Snyder, IHG Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and GSTC Board Member An interview with IHG's Paul Snyder about the successful Green Engage program.   InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is the newest sponsor of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), and one of the leading hotel companies, with 4,700 hotels around the world. [...]

30 01, 2015

Strengthening Biodiversity through Sustainable Tourism Certification

2017-06-26T08:26:31+08:00January 30th, 2015|

The GSTC Criteria serve as basic guidelines for businesses, organizations and destinations that wish to address sustainability issues in the travel and tourism industry. It is composed of a set of standards and provides assurance that the main principles of responsible tourism are being covered. In reality, the GSTC criteria represents a commitment to the [...]

14 12, 2014

Integrating sustainability practices into business models and government structures

2017-07-29T10:52:44+08:00December 14th, 2014|

The tourism industry has the potential to be a good and powerful force on our planet. When responsibly managed, it enriches lives, and preserves natural resources and cultural heritage. More frequently these days, travelers take this into account and seek authentic holiday experiences, to choose a responsible tour operator, book a hotel with a sustainability [...]

28 10, 2014

GSTC CEO Randy Durband Named Special Advisor to the 2014 Top 100 Sustainable Destinations

2017-06-26T08:26:31+08:00October 28th, 2014|

 The Global Sustainable Tourism Council CEO, Randy Durband, has been named Special Advisor to the creation of the Top 100 Sustainable Destination annual list. The initiative was created by GSTC member Albert Salman (Green Destinations) and Valere Tjolle (TravelMole, VISION for Sustainable Tourism, Totem Tourism).  The Top 100 Sustainable Destinations list aims to encourage stakeholders [...]

24 07, 2014

St. Croix Completes “Early Adopter” Assessment of Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations

2017-06-26T08:25:03+08:00July 24th, 2014|

 Tourism has been a crucial economic driver on St. Croix for many years and the island has been careful to avoid over-  development that might detract from its varied natural and cultural assets. As part of the island’s strategic plan to increase  visitation, St Croix has been exploring ways to differentiate from its competitors by [...]

24 07, 2014

Riviera Maya Completes “Early Adopter” Assessment of Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations

2017-06-26T08:25:03+08:00July 24th, 2014|

Mexican coastline destination adopts criteria and indicators for sustainable tourism  WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 1st, 2014) – One of Mexico’s iconic tourism destinations, the Riviera Maya in the State of Quintana  Roo, has become the first destination on the Mexican Caribbean coast to complete the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s  (GSTC) Early Adopter Program. “At the GSTC [...]

28 03, 2014

Samoa Completes “Early Adopter” Assessment Applying Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations

2017-06-26T08:25:03+08:00March 28th, 2014|

First destination in the South Pacific Region to adopt criteria and indicators for sustainable tourism  WASHINGTON, D.C. (March, 2014) – Samoa is the first South Pacific destination to complete the Global  Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) Early Adopter Program and the second destination in the world to  do so at the national level. Since the late [...]

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