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19 09, 2015

2015 GSTC Annual General Meeting Held in Huangshan, China

2020-05-15T10:54:10+08:00September 19th, 2015|

The GSTC 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held September 10-13, hosted by long-time member Huangshan Administrative Committee (HSAC) which manages the World Heritage site of Mount Huangshan, China. The AGM featured a keynote address on sustainable destinations from Jonathan Tourtellot of National Geographic, and workshops and panel discussions from industry [...]

1 02, 2015

GSTC Destination Sustainability Comprehensive

2015-02-01T00:23:27+08:00February 1st, 2015|

The Destination Sustainability Comprehensive is an opportunity for destination managers to learn their current status according to the leading international standard, the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations. The GSTC Sustainability Comprehensive involves up to 10 days in the destination, including site visits, detailed analysis of the destination's documented policies, and intensive liaison with destination [...]

1 02, 2015

GSTC Destination Sustainability Snapshot

2015-02-01T00:17:29+08:00February 1st, 2015|

For the GSTC Sustainability Snapshot of your destination, a GSTC expert will spend 3 days onsite in the destination, liaising and gathering information from the destination manager and key tourism stakeholders, and conducting a one-day site inspection of key aspects of the destination. The expert will review select destination policies as available. Throughout the process, [...]

18 12, 2014

GSTC Latin America Regional Meeting (April 26, 2015)

2020-05-15T10:58:45+08:00December 18th, 2014|

The GSTC Latin America Regional Meeting was held in Quito, Ecuador prior to the start of the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC15). The meeting was structured in part like a workshop, presentations and round-table discussions center around sustainable tourism standards, destination management, industry best practices, GSTC-led programs, with a [...]

11 12, 2014

Sustainable Synergy: Rainforest Alliance and Travelife Work Together

2017-03-04T16:43:59+08:00December 11th, 2014|

    The Global Sustainable Tourism Council proudly welcomes the news that longtime GSTC Members and GSTC Recognized Standards, Rainforest Alliance and Travelife, will be teaming up to give travelers more options when booking sustainable accommodations. The two organizations signed an agreement in which all accommodations that meet the criteria of Rainforest Alliance certification for [...]

9 12, 2014

GSTC Sustainability Training Program Inspires Riviera Maya Workshop

2014-12-09T03:41:30+08:00December 9th, 2014|

                        The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) recently launched the Sustainability Training Program to meet the growing worldwide demand for sustainable tourism education and training. Since the introduction of the GSTC Criteria in 2008, the GSTC continues to strive for universal adoption of sustainable [...]

20 11, 2014

GSTC Criteria Used to Determine National Geographic’s World Legacy Award Winners

2014-11-20T21:40:45+08:00November 20th, 2014|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council celebrates the use of the GSTC Criteria in the selection process of The National Geographic Society’s World Legacy Awards. The National Geographic Society recently revealed the 15 finalists of the World Legacy Awards, a remarkable co-initiative in partnership with ITB Berlin, to feature the leading industry organizations and destinations ranging [...]

6 11, 2014

GSTC Destinations Community Barcelona Summit 2014

2020-05-15T11:19:51+08:00November 6th, 2014|

The Responsible Tourism Institute (ITR) hosted the GSTC Destinations Community Summit on November 20-21, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. This 2-day event was open to destinations certified under a GSTC-Approved standard, destinations that have undergone a GSTC sustainability assessment, destinations currently in the process of certification and destinations that have formally expressed their [...]

21 10, 2014

GSTC CEO Randy Durband addressed Biodiversity & Tourism at the CBD COP12 in Korea

2014-10-21T16:45:00+08:00October 21st, 2014|

 The 12th annual meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Conference of the Parties (CBD COP12) just concluded in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. During this 11-day event, many government authorities, world leaders and professionals of various fields shared common vision and adopted the strategic framework for capacity building agreeing to enhance public awareness [...]

7 10, 2014

A Week of Activities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2014-10-07T14:58:12+08:00October 7th, 2014|

Washington, D.C. (October 7, 2014) Randy Durband, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), presented at the International Conference on Community Development (ICCDT), PATA Youth Symposium, and PATA Travel Mart held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from September 16-19, 2014. The events were organized by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the Ministry [...]

31 07, 2014

Randy Durband, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, to speak at the ATMEX Summit

2014-07-31T15:25:04+08:00July 31st, 2014|

The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and Visit Mexico will host the ATMEX Summit August 22-29 in Chiapas, Mexico. The summit will explore Mexico’s adventure travel offerings and provide opportunities for long-term business partnerships. According to the hosts, the goal of the event is “to inspire operators in Mexico to continue to pursue adventure travel [...]

19 07, 2014

Luigi Cabrini, Chair of the Board, keynote speaker in various upcoming Sustainable Tourism events.

2014-07-19T14:47:58+08:00July 19th, 2014|

The Ibero-American Forum in Sustainable Tourism (FITS) will be held from October 14 to 17, 2014 in Cajon del Maipo, right outside Chile’s capital. This edition of the Forum FITS will focus on entrepreneurship and aims to provide a platform to meet and exchange knowledge on sustainable tourism in the region. During the 4-day event, [...]

19 07, 2014

Global Sustainable Tourism Council Early Adopters, Revisited

2014-07-19T14:03:34+08:00July 19th, 2014|

 WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 21, 2014) – The Global Sustainable Tourism  Council (GSTC) conducted its  Early Adopter program from 2012 through  early 2014. During the program, a diverse group of fourteen forward-  thinking destinations worldwide pilot tested the Global Sustainable  Tourism Criteria for Destinations. Each Early Adopter underwent a baseline destination sustainability assessment applying the Criteria, [...]

19 07, 2014

Dr Dirk Glaesser joins the GSTC Board of Directors

2014-07-19T13:20:19+08:00July 19th, 2014|

Dr. Dirk Glaesser is Director for the Sustainable Development Programme of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Along with UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme, UNWTO maintains a permanent seat on the GSTC Board of Directors. As ofJune 1st, Dirk assumed that UNWTO seat on the GSTC board. (As such, he replaced Luigi Cabrini who was at [...]

1 07, 2014

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

2014-07-01T11:29:53+08:00July 1st, 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, Pacific Islands

2014-03-28T17:37:53+08:00March 28th, 2014|

Since the late 1990s, Samoa has held a pivotal leadership role in Sustainable Tourism practices and the Early Adopter Program provided the destination with an opportunity to benchmark its performance in the international context. The Independent State of Samoa is made up of 10 islands in the Polynesia, covering a total area of 2,831 square-kilometers. Remarkably beautiful, [...]

25 03, 2014

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

2014-03-25T14:13:38+08:00March 25th, 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 AdopterProgram and the second destination in the world to do so at  the national level. Since the late 1990s, Samoa [...]

21 03, 2014

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council names Randy Durband new CEO

2014-03-21T15:30:02+08:00March 21st, 2014|

  WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 21, 2014) - The Global Sustainable Tourism  Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Randy  Durband as its new Chief Executive Officer. Durband assumes executive  responsibilities effective immediately.  “Randy is a charismatic and dynamic leader who brings tremendous  experience in the travel industry," said GSTC Board Chair Kelly Bricker [...]

16 03, 2014

Sierra Gorda, Mexico

2014-03-16T05:00:00+08:00March 16th, 2014|

Located in central Mexico, Sierra Gorda is one of the most eco-diverse protected areas recognized under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, which promotes sustainable development based on local community efforts and sound science. The destination’s tourism assets encompass natural, scenic, and cultural richness, with sweeping landscapes, waterfalls, rivers, wildlife and archaeological sites. 

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