Dear GSTC followers, We hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and well during this extremely difficult time. You’re probably overwhelmed by distressing information on COVID19 and your personal and professional lives are likely feeling “upside down.” We appreciate a moment of your time to read a few of GSTC’s perspectives. [...]
"Start Your Destination’s Tourism Recovery Plan. Don’t wait." "Wise planning requires enlightened, collaborative destination stewardship. Now would be a time for each destination to convene – remotely, if not yet in person – a broad-based council to do that. Destinations should use the GSTC Destination Criterion A1 as a basic minimum." That criterion states in [...]
The GSTC Destination Criteria v2 has been translated into Spanish and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. Los Criterios GSTC para Destinos Versión 2.0 se han traducido al Español y están disponibles para descargar en la sección Criteria Translations.
"Fortunately, it’s not a new term, and there’s real criteria associated with being considered a sustainable travel outfit. Since 2008, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has been updating criteria that aim to “serve as the global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism.” " "I encourage everyone to visit www.gstcouncil.org to review [...]
The GSTC Destination Criteria v2 has been translated into Portuguese (Portugal/Africa) and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. Os Critérios GSTC para a Destinos estão já traduzidos para português (Portugal/Africa) e disponíveis para descarga na secção Criteria Translations.
The GSTC Destination v2 Criteria has been translated into French and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. Les Critères pour les destinations v2 du GSTC sont traduits en français et peuvent être téléchargés dans la section traductions des critères.
Sustainable Travel Ireland has formally adopted the GSTC Industry Criteria to be used in Ireland by accommodations and tour operators. Sustainable Travel Ireland, formerly Ecotourism Ireland, is Ireland’s leading and longest-running body for the promotion of sustainable and responsible tourism, training and certifying businesses for over 10 years. Founded in 2009, Ecotourism Ireland set [...]
The GSTC Destination Criteria v2 has been translated into both traditional and simplified Chinese (Mandarin) and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. 全球可持续旅游委员会目的地标准2.0版本已被翻译成传统和簡体中文（普通话），可在标准翻译頁面下载。 全球永續旅遊委員會目的地準則2.0版本已被翻譯成傳統和繁體中文（國語），可在準則翻譯頁面下載。
According to a 2019 report by Booking.com, 70 percent of global travelers would be more inclined to book eco-friendly accommodation. The industry seems to have taken the hint: eco-lodges and “green” hotels are trending. But these days, it can be difficult to discern between environmentally friendly digs and those just trying to profit from the craze. So [...]
Japan Tourism Agency Joins GSTC Japan Tourism Agency has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a Destination Member. The Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) is an organization that was set up in 2008 as an agency of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. It was established to serve as the hub [...]
The GSTC Destination Criteria v2 has been translated into Greek and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. Τα Κριτήρια Προορισμών του GSTC v2 έχουν μεταφραστεί στα Ελληνικά και είναι διαθέσιμα για λήψη στο τμήμα “ Μεταφράσεις Κριτηρίων”.
Here are six ways we recommend you get started, in order from the easiest to implement to the most environmentally impactful: (1) Travel with trust: When looking for a place to stay, look for accommodations that utilize various sustainability standards. [...] Use the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s list of trusted standards used in different countries as [...]
This publication aims to introduce the strategic role that sustainable procurement can play to transform tourism by scaling up the market of sustainable products and services in the sector, enabling the reduction of GHG emissions and the shift towards a more resilient, resource-efficient development. It has been developed as part of the United Nations Environment [...]
Moab Area Travel Council Joins GSTC January 2020 - Moab Area Travel Council has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a destination member. The Moab Area Travel Council (MATC), directed by State code, seeks to improve the local economy by promoting, marketing, and supporting recreation, tourism, events, and conventions in a manner [...]
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce the release of the GSTC Destination Criteria v2.0, which had been under development for most of 2019. GSTC Criteria serve as the global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism. The Criteria are used for education and awareness-raising, policy-making for businesses and government [...]
GSTC has changed the name to "Assurance Panel" from the former name of "Accreditation Panel" of its internal but independent body that plays the important decision-making roles for the Recognition of Standards (whereby a set of standards voluntarily requests GSTC to mark their standard as compliant with the GSTC Criteria) and to oversee the [...]
This is GSTC's response to the letter from Stay Grounded (December 6th), regarding the GSTC2019 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference in the Azores. 18 December 2019 Dear Mira Kapfinger and the Stay Grounded Nework, Thank you for expressing your views on our choice of location for our 2019 annual conference. We certainly respect your perspectives and [...]
GSTC 2020 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference to be hosted in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, November 19 – 22
GSTC 2020 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference to be hosted in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, November 19 – 22 The conference will be hosted at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, on November 19 – 22, 2020. The announcement was made in Terceira Island, Azores, on December 6th, [...]
“Navigating the Way Forward” – GSTC 2019 Global Conference in the Azores The GSTC 2019 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference "Navigating the Way Forward" that took place on December 4th-7th in Terceira Island, the Azores, brought together 250 delegates from 42 countries, along with hundreds of viewers that watched the live broadcasting of the conference. [...]
Japan Tourism Agency has committed to formally adopt GSTC criteria as part of its tourism policy. Japan has ambitious plans to grow tourism arrivals, but is determined to do this in a sustainable way. To that end, the adoption of the GSTC destination criteria is a major commitment and act of leadership. Prof. Kumi [...]