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14 10, 2019

Booking.com Joins GSTC

2019-10-14T09:44:31+08:00October 14th, 2019|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Booking.com, one of the world’s leading digital travel platforms, has officially joined as a member of GSTCs global network. Representing a wide range of tourism stakeholders, GSTC members are active drivers for sustainability in travel and tourism and contribute to the important work of [...]

28 09, 2019

Sustainable travel: four smart ways to make a positive impact

2019-09-30T11:10:01+08:00September 28th, 2019|

#3 Stay in sustainable lodging Where you choose to sleep at night also plays a key role in being a green traveller. This part requires some legwork and research, however. “Hotel sustainability practices have grown tremendously in recent years, especially through certification programs that follow international best-practice standards,” Bray said. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) [...]

26 09, 2019

Royal Caribbean announces 1,400 sustainable shore excursion options

2019-09-30T12:03:38+08:00September 26th, 2019|

Ahead of its 2020 goal, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced it now offers  1,400 sustainable tours are now available for booking. Offered by certified sustainable tour operators, these special tours are available across Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s (RCL) family of brands — including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara — and are available around [...]

23 09, 2019

GSTC in Saudi Arabia: International Conference of the Semi-Arid Mountainous Environments in Asir Region

2019-09-27T19:44:35+08:00September 23rd, 2019|

Along with speakers from more than 16 countries,  Dr. Ioannis Pappas, GSTC Board Member & Director for the Mediterranean Region, spoke at the 1st International Conference of the Semi-Arid Mountainous Environments in Asir Region The first International Conference of the Semi-Arid Mountainous Environments was held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin [...]

19 09, 2019

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council and Planet Happiness Sign MOU

2019-09-20T19:25:03+08:00September 19th, 2019|

Planet Happiness and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) have signed a partnership agreement focused on strengthening sustainability standards in tourism and impact reporting in tourism destinations. They will work together to promote mutual understanding of each other’s work among their members and partners.  They will also engage on a range of topics related to [...]

13 09, 2019

Adventure Green Alaska is Now a GSTC-Recognized Standard

2019-09-13T20:30:42+08:00September 13th, 2019|

Adventure Green Alaska is Now a GSTC-Recognized Standard The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Adventure Green Alaska Standards for Accommodations and for Tour-Operators have achieved the ‘GSTC-Recognized Standard’ status.  Adventure Green Alaska began in 2007 as a statewide effort to grow sustainable tourism in Alaska and promote model businesses [...]

13 09, 2019

Adventure Green Alaska Standards

2019-09-13T20:29:28+08:00September 13th, 2019|

Adventure Green Alaska began in 2007 as a statewide effort to grow sustainable tourism in Alaska and promote model businesses practicing economic, environmental and social sustainability.  It is Alaska’s only sustainable tourism certification program and was created entirely by volunteers. The program came under the Alaska Travel Industry Association in 2015, whose goal was [...]

20 08, 2019

GSTC Chair, Luigi Cabrini, Honored for His Profound Contribution to Economy, Society, and Environment

2019-08-30T05:22:19+08:00August 20th, 2019|

Mr. Luigi Cabrini, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) was given an Honorary Fellowship for his "profound contributions to the environment, economy, and society." On July 29th, the Social Enterprise Research Academy (SERA) hosted the ‘Fellowship & Honorary Award Presentation Ceremony 2019’ at Hong Kong Baptist University. [...]

19 08, 2019

GSTC Announces the Results of its 2019 Board of Directors Election

2019-08-31T04:21:49+08:00August 19th, 2019|

The GSTC Board of Directors plays an integral role in the leadership of the organization. Most seats on the board are filled via annual elections of and by current members of the Council. The GSTC Election Committee has validated the votes and has released the results. Three current board members were re-elected to 3-year [...]

10 08, 2019

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Awards Hotels through the National Sustainable Tourism Certification (NSTC)

2019-08-29T20:29:08+08:00August 10th, 2019|

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) initiated the National Sustainable Tourism Certification (NSTC) as the first step towards making Sri Lanka's tourism industry sustainable with the technical and financial assistance from UNDP Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN). As part of the process, hotels were awarded for their sustainable practices on 5th August 2019 at Ape Game, [...]

9 08, 2019

NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Standard for Tour Operators

2019-09-14T23:35:15+08:00August 9th, 2019|

The NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification 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 and tour operators who are committed [...]

1 08, 2019

GSTC Board Member Dr. Ioannis Pappas at Moscow Urban Forum 2019

2019-08-31T00:25:35+08:00August 1st, 2019|

Dr. Ioannis Pappas, GSTC Board Member & Director for the Mediterranean Region, spoke at the Moscow Urban Forum 2019 in July. Dr. Pappas shared important developments in the travel industry's shift to adhere to sustainability standards in the session "Attraction point. Tourism as a resource for the internal development of the city". Moscow Urban [...]

5 07, 2019

GSTC in Taiwan: Global Sustainable Tourism Practical Workshop in Sun Moon Lake

2019-07-31T13:54:05+08:00July 5th, 2019|

On June 18-19, GSTC Member Taiwan Tourism Bureau (Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration Taiwan) and GSTC Member Sustainable Travel Taiwan (STT) hosted the first “Global Sustainable Tourism Practical Workshop” in Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan. The aim of the Workshop was to help DMOs, tour operators and hotels of the area to learn how [...]

1 07, 2019

Sustainable Sedona Tourism

2019-07-30T12:26:33+08:00July 1st, 2019|

Jennifer Wesselhoff, President and CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, speaks about Sedona, Arizona's new sustainable tourism plan following their 2016 GSTC Destination Assessment. Sedona is applying the GSTC Criteria for Destinations, applying key tactics to keep their resident and visitor experience top-notch while the population *doubles* daily from tourism--a $1B business for Sedona. [...]

30 06, 2019

Sustainable Hospitality: Eco-Friendly Industry Trends and Tips for Hotels by Trivago

2019-07-30T11:05:11+08:00June 30th, 2019|

What does it take to be recognized as an eco-friendly property? [...] the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the body that manages the global standards for sustainable travel and tourism, created The GSTC Industry Criteria and Suggested Indicators for Hotels in an effort to “come to a common understanding of sustainable tourism.” The idea is to [...]

27 06, 2019

Vireo Srl is now GSTC-Accredited for Certifying Destinations

2019-06-29T20:34:12+08:00June 27th, 2019|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Vireo Srl has achieved the ‘GSTC-Accredited’ status for certifying destinations.  Achieving the GSTC-Accredited status for certifying destinations means that a certification program is following processes and procedures that have been reviewed and approved by the GSTC Accreditation Panel in order to provide an [...]

25 06, 2019

GSTC in “Tools for Sustainable Tourism” by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth

2019-06-28T12:26:57+08:00June 25th, 2019|

The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth identifies the GSTC Criteria as the key Tool for Sustainable Tourism The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth has published a report under the title "Tools for Sustainable Tourism” (Verktyg för hållbar turism), referring to the GSTC Criteria and GSTC-Recognized Standards. A short summary in English [...]

20 06, 2019

9.2 million TUI customers stayed in hotels certified to a GSTC-Recognized standard (81% of TUI’s Hotels)

2019-07-03T17:40:09+08:00June 20th, 2019|

TUI 2018 Sustainability Report: 9.2 million customers stayed in sustainable hotels certified to a GSTC-Recognized standard (81% of the hotels owned by TUI Group) TUI Group has just released its 2018 Sustainability Report with the progress on their goal to increase the number of hotels with sustainability certifications to accommodate 10 million customers a year [...]

16 06, 2019

GSTC Destination Criteria Revision: 2nd round of public consultation

2019-06-18T16:22:33+08:00June 16th, 2019|

We are currently revising the GSTC Destination Criteria (GSTC-D). Earlier this year we held a public consultation asking for comments on the existing criteria and inviting recommendations for improvements and additions. We are most grateful to everyone for their contribution. Based on the consultation we have proposed revised GSTC-D criteria, accessible here. From mid-June, [...]

5 06, 2019

Balancing Tourism and Sustainability across Asia

2019-06-27T13:12:08+08:00June 5th, 2019|

“Closing beaches that have been overused wouldn’t need to happen today if yesterday there had been proper planning and execution of sustainable policies, plus enforcement of existing laws relating to waste management,” says Randy Durband, GSTC CEO. “The good news is that there is positive movement. The bad news is that much needs to be [...]

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