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25 12, 2018

TTG Asia Editor’s Pick: Where is sustainability in travel & tourism headed? – by Randy Durband, GSTC CEO

2019-01-13T12:34:57+00:00 December 25th, 2018|

What is sustainable tourism? How sustainable is travel and tourism? I’m asked these questions constantly in my leadership role at Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). To the first, our view at GSTC is that “sustainability is a journey”, requiring constant improvement and reflecting dynamic conditions, an imperative to continually strive toward greater sustainability and [...]

12 12, 2018

Sustainable Tourism Professionals Gathered at the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2018 in Maun, Botswana

2019-01-21T18:26:29+00:00 December 12th, 2018|

Sustainable Tourism Professionals Gathered at the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2018 in Maun, Botswana The Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2018 in Maun, Botswana, which was organized by Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) and the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference (GSTC), brought together 150 delegates from 26 countries, as well as hundreds of viewers joining the live [...]

12 12, 2018

GSTC Member, GreenOtels announce the “The GreenOtels Award”

2019-01-01T22:02:23+00:00 December 12th, 2018|

GSTC Member, GreenOtels announce the "The GreenOtels Award". The Awards are envisioned to solely give recognition to India's most sustainable, environmentally friendly and socially responsible hotels. The Awards were given to Hotels & Resorts in four categories - Extra Large Hotel Category (250 rooms and above), Large category (120 rooms up to 250), Medium category [...]

1 12, 2018

The GSTC Destination Criteria Revision Has Begun – have your say

2019-01-01T21:39:52+00:00 December 1st, 2018|

The GSTC Destination Criteria revision has begun. According to the GSTC-D Revision Term of Reference, the revision schedule is as follow: Start December 2018: Announcement through publication of these Terms of Reference Early December 2018 – early March 2019: First round consultation Early March 2019 – end May 2019: Resolution/publish response to comments Start June 2019 [...]

1 12, 2018

The GSTC Destination Criteria revision underway – Join the public consultation

2019-01-11T15:21:20+00:00 December 1st, 2018|

The GSTC Destination Criteria revision underway - Join the public consultation The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) invites you to have input into the revision of the GSTC Criteria for Destinations (GSTC Destination Criteria). The GSTC Criteria serve as the global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism. They are the result of [...]

28 11, 2018

New guidance on Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas released by IUCN

2018-11-30T23:00:04+00:00 November 28th, 2018|

IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) has released a new publication titled "Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas", guidelines to help protected area authorities establish sustainable tourism and visitation. Many protected areas are managed for tourism and visitation as one component of achieving their purpose, involving a wide range of stakeholders, including [...]

19 11, 2018

GSTC in Portugal: Cultural Sustainable Destinations without Borders International Summit

2018-12-01T09:52:37+00:00 November 19th, 2018|

On November 15-17, 2018, the "International Summit: Cultural Sustainable Destinations without Borders" was organized by the GSTC Member Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI) and Historical Villages of Portugal. The summit aimed at discussing, reflecting on and raising awareness of a common policy directed to alternative destinations. "The absence of a concrete definition for an alternative [...]

16 11, 2018

GSTC in Canada: Keynoting TOTA AGM & Summit

2018-11-30T23:09:39+00:00 November 16th, 2018|

On November 13 & 14, 2018, the TOTA Annual General Meeting & Tourism Summit took place in Osoyoos, BC, Canada, with the theme “Drive for Sustainability." GSTC CEO, Randy Durband, keynoted the summit, along with Honorable Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture British Columbia; Glenn Mandziuk, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association; Marsha Walden, Destination British Columbia; and Angela Nagy, Greenstep Solutions Inc.

10 11, 2018

GSTC Member Viajar Verde Wins the WTM International Travel & Tourism Awards 2018: Best Digital Influencer in the Industry

2018-11-30T22:48:58+00:00 November 10th, 2018|

GSTC Member Viajar Verde Wins the WTM International Travel & Tourism Awards 2018: Best Digital Influencer in the Industry WTM has announced the 2018 International Travel & Tourism Awards winners at the WTM awards ceremony, on Tuesday 6 November 2018, at London’s Tobacco Dock. The 500+ travel professionals who attended cheered their success and [...]

9 11, 2018

GSTC in the Philippines: Training in Davao Region

2018-12-01T08:27:53+00:00 November 9th, 2018|

As part of Davao Region's pursuit to a more sustainable and inclusive growth tourism and in order to fully implement the UNWTO global sustainability measures, a 3-day Sustainable Tourism Standards Training for Destinations was conducted on 5-7 November 2018, at Seda Abreeza Hotel in Davao City. The training was facilitated by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council [...]

29 10, 2018

Loved to death: tipping point to prevent popular destinations in Southeast Asia from being ruined

2018-10-31T14:41:50+00:00 October 29th, 2018|

"With tourism arrivals tripling over the past two decades, the region has reached a tipping point in terms of its ability to prevent popular destinations from being ruined But wherever tourism is developed, it is critical to preserve both natural resources and local culture, says Mr Randy Durband, GSTC CEO." Read the full article: Loved [...]

26 10, 2018

GSTC in Malaga, Spain

2018-10-31T14:27:15+00:00 October 26th, 2018|

The Delegation of Environment and Promotion of the Territory of Málaga, Spain, hosted the III Malaga Viva Annual Meeting (III Encuentro Anual Málaga Viva), a province against climate change on October 23, 2018. GSTC Chair, Mr. Luigi Cabrini, participated in a dialogue on climate change, along with, Alicia Torrego (CONAMA) and Mariano Sidrach (Fundación Renovables). [...]

18 10, 2018

GSTC Keynotes the International Cruise Forum in Taiwan 2018

2018-10-31T14:27:21+00:00 October 18th, 2018|

On October 6, GSTC Chair, Mr. Luigi Cabrini, delivered the keynote speech at the International Cruise Forum in Taiwan 2018, hosted by Taiwan Tourism Bureau. “Whatever the stage of development of a destination, a susustainability-based strategy is essential, and the GSTC criteria provide a comprehensive and practical reference,” said Mr. Cabrini. [...]

18 10, 2018

Vireo Srl promotes Certifications According to the GSTC Criteria in Italy

2018-10-31T12:52:11+00:00 October 18th, 2018|

On October 2nd Vireo srl organized a conference concerning the certifications according to the GSTC criteria (Global Sustainable Tourism Council) at the municipal hall of Sesto, Italy. Many speakers took part during the event with significant speeches about the sustainability in the tourism market, especially regarding hotel industry. The event started with four main contributors: first, [...]

12 10, 2018

The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2018

2018-10-25T18:45:12+00:00 October 12th, 2018|

The Center for Responsible Travel has released its annual report, “The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2018.” This report provides the tourism industry with key examples and best practices for mainstreaming responsible travel and addressing the complex issue of overtourism. "Certification continues to play an important role among responsibly-minded businesses, with the [...]

9 10, 2018

Audubon: How Ecotourists Can Avoid Getting Greenwashed

2018-10-26T15:14:17+00:00 October 9th, 2018|

"Look for seals of approval from Global Sustainable Tourism Council, The Long Run, and Rainforest Alliance; all of these groups factor energy and water use, as well as sustainability and improving the livelihoods of local people. " Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, emphasizes the importance of choosing accredited accommodations and operators. “Certification equals [...]

28 09, 2018

The Telegraph Article About Bhutan, with GSTC CEO, Randy Durband, Quoted

2018-10-25T17:21:31+00:00 September 28th, 2018|

"Today, tourism is second only to hydropower in terms of revenue. Happily, the demand for guides and drivers creates employment and provides income opportunities via the sale of handicrafts, etc. Moreover, US$65 of the US$250 fee goes to the government who in reinvest it into free education and healthcare for citizens. But some are [...]

13 09, 2018

Vireo Srl Achieves GSTC-Accredited Status

2018-09-13T16:14:58+00:00 September 13th, 2018|

September 13, 2018 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Vireo Srl has achieved the ‘GSTC-Accredited’ status. Achieving the GSTC-Accredited status means that a certification program is following processes and procedures that have been reviewed and approved by the GSTC Accreditation Panel and by ASI (Accreditation Services International), GSTC’s partner [...]

10 09, 2018

Thailand Minister of Tourism & Sports: “it is more crucial to focus on the GSTC index for further development”

2018-09-16T18:31:46+00:00 September 10th, 2018|

Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Thailand Minister of Tourism & Sport, and Mr. Randy Durband, GSTC CEO In a recent article in The Nation, Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Thailand Minister of Tourism & Sports, said: “We seem to agree that the head counts of foreign tourists or their expenditure are not the top priority. So, targets like 36 million [...]

4 09, 2018

GSTC in Guatemala: the First Congress on Quality and Sustainability

2018-09-28T16:15:13+00:00 September 4th, 2018|

On August 27-28, the First Congress on Quality and Sustainability took place in the City of Guatemala, by the Guatemalan Tourism Board, INGUAT (Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo), a GSTC Member. With 200 participants, the Congress aim was to raise awareness about sustainability in the travel and tourism sector, as well as to encourage the implementation of [...]

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