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25 07, 2017

Mountain IDEAL Destination Standard

2017-07-25T15:34:46+00:00 July 25th, 2017|

The Mountain IDEAL destination standard has been developed to address sustainability in mountain environments that include winter and summer activities.  These unique challenges and opportunities include issues like water and energy use related to snow making and snow melting systems, affordable housing for residents and seasonal employees, collaborating with public land managers and the business [...]

25 07, 2017

Mountain IDEAL Standard for Destinations Achieves GSTC Recognition

2017-07-26T09:33:08+00:00 July 25th, 2017|

July 25, 2017 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Mountain IDEAL Standard for Destinations has achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized’ status. The Mountain IDEAL destination standard has been developed to address sustainability in mountain environments that include winter and summer activities.  These unique challenges and opportunities include issues like water and [...]

20 07, 2017

GSTC at the Inaugural BIMP-EAGA Higher Education Summit 2017 in Malaysia

2017-07-26T12:17:52+00:00 July 20th, 2017|

On 19-20 July 2017, the Inaugural BIMP-EAGA Higher Education Summit took place at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), where GSTC Chair, Mr. Luigi Carbrini, delivered a special keynote speech on "Sustainable Tourism as a Tool for Development" under the Summit's theme “Education and Socio-Cultural Understanding for Regional Sustainability”. BIMP-EAGA refers to "Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area" (see [...]

2 07, 2017

Heads of UNWTO, UN Environment, UNFCCC Recommend Using the GSTC Criteria

2017-07-17T15:57:53+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|

"Getting started can be tricky. There can be hundreds of different sustainable tourism standards to choose from. The GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council) has a reliable guide and maintains recent sustainability criteria for hotels, destinations and tour operators." Taleb Rifai, UNWTO UNWTO Secretary General; Erik Solheim, UN Environment Executive Director; and Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive [...]

18 06, 2017

GSTC Chair Luigi Cabrini at the International Conference on Sustainability and Competitiveness in Tourist Destinations, Arona, Tenerife

2017-06-26T07:39:44+00:00 June 18th, 2017|

Luigi Cabrini, GSTC Chair, spoke and moderated the panel "Participatory Governance in Sustainable Tourism Destinations" at the International Conference on Sustainability and Competitiveness in Tourist Destinations (STDArona17), on 15-16 June 2017, in Arona, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. The International Conference on Sustainability and Competitiveness in Tourist Destinations was organized by the municipality of Arona and [...]

22 02, 2017

Sustainable Mexico Initiative: Fostering Sustainability and Tourism for Development in Mexico

2017-02-22T02:18:00+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|

January 2017, Madrid, Spain – Sustainable Mexico, an initiative by GSTC Members Secretary of State of Guanajuato and Sustainable Riviera Maya, was officially launched. Through a public-private partnership by two GSTC members – recently joined ‘the State of Guanajuato’ and GSTC Destination Criteria early adopter ‘Sustainable Riviera Maya’ – the Sustainable Mexico Initiative was officially [...]

20 02, 2017

GSTC Chair Luigi Cabrini and GSTC Member Ingunn Sørnes at the 1st UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations

2017-05-23T11:08:50+00:00 February 20th, 2017|

16 February 2017, Murcia, Spain – Luigi Cabrini, GSTC Chair, led the discussion on “Environmental sustainability as a model for change” at 1st UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations1st UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations. A speaker in the discussion was Ingunn Sørnes, Special Advisor on Sustainability, Innovation Norway, a GSTC Destination Early Adopter and [...]

3 02, 2017

EarthCheck Evaluate Achieves GSTC Recognition

2017-02-03T09:13:08+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|

February 3, 2017 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that EarthCheck Evaluate has achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized’ status. The awarded status affirms EarthCheck’s commitment to promote sustainable tourism products and services. […]

29 01, 2017

“GSTC Industry Criteria” Formally Released

2017-03-04T16:44:04+00:00 January 29th, 2017|

30 January 2017 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce the release of the GSTC Industry Criteria, which had been under development for most of 2016. The GSTC Industry Criteria serve as the 3rd revision to GSTC Hotel & Tour Operator Criteria, hence the reference to “version 3” in their formal [...]

28 01, 2017

GSTC Trains Lao PDR Tourism Professionals and Officials

2017-07-02T09:43:18+00:00 January 28th, 2017|

January 2017, Vientiane, Lao PDR – The GSTC has successfully conducted a sustainable tourism training class in Vientiane, Lao PDR (January, 11-13, 2017), organized in partnership with and with the support of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICT) of Lao PDR and GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation). The training class was attended [...]

24 01, 2017

GSTC at FITUR 2017

2017-01-24T15:32:54+00:00 January 24th, 2017|

January 2017, Madrid, Spain – Luigi Cabrini, GSTC Chair, moderated a panel on "the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their contribution of tourism" at FITUR 2017. Mr. Cabrini has also participated in the Responsible Conversations for Sustainable Tourism session (Conversaciones responsables para un turismo sostenible).    

23 01, 2017

Guanajuato State joins GSTC, wins UNWTO Ulysses Award

2017-01-23T15:32:00+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|

January 2017, Madrid, Spain – The State of Guanajuato, Mexico, has officially joined as the GSTC as active members, promoting sustainable tourism in Guanajuato. At FITUR 2017, Guanajuato state received the UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Tourism 2017: “Strategies for development of sustainable tourism in Guanajuato, Guanajuato Ministry of Tourism, Mexico.” Recognizing the potential [...]

18 01, 2017

Travel Trade Industry Joins Coalition to Combat Wildlife Trafficking Worldwide

2017-01-18T09:46:55+00:00 January 18th, 2017|

U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance announces new partnerships with major industry associations, launches global travel and tourism toolkit for travel companies January 17, 2017, WASHINGTON – Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), American Society for Travel Agents (ASTA), and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), announced today they will be working to help travelers recognize and avoid purchasing [...]

12 12, 2016

GSTC partners with Senac to offer a new online graduate program in innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable tourism businesses in Brazil

2016-12-12T16:20:18+00:00 December 12th, 2016|

December 2016 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has partnered with The Senac University Center (National Service for Commercial Education) to offer a new online graduate program in innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable tourism businesses in Brazil. By working with Senac, GSTC ensures the principles incorporated in the GSTC standards are shared with the [...]

12 12, 2016

Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Tourism Certification Program Achieves GSTC-Approval

2017-03-04T16:44:03+00:00 December 12th, 2016|

December 12, 2016 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Tourism Certification Program has achieved ‘GSTC-Approved’ status. The awarded status affirms the Rainforest Alliance’s commitment to promote sustainable tourism products and services. The Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Tourism Certification Program is part of  the Rainforest Alliance’s core [...]

11 12, 2016

Short Film Opportunity through WTTC

2017-06-07T17:33:43+00:00 December 11th, 2016|

The WTTC is commissioning a number of short films to tell the stories of how tourism has transformed the lives of individuals around the world, for their Global Summit next year in Bangkok under the theme of ‘Transforming our World’. The films will be premiered at the Summit on stage and live broadcast and will [...]

7 12, 2016

Ecotourism Kenya Eco-rating Certification Scheme Achieves GSTC Recognition

2016-12-07T16:48:02+00:00 December 7th, 2016|

December 7, 2016 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Ecotourism Kenya Eco-rating Certification Scheme has achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized’ status. The awarded status affirms Ecotourism Kenya’s commitment to promote sustainable tourism products and services. The Ecotourism Kenya Eco-rating Certification Scheme is designed to certify as sustainable accommodations of various types [...]

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