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GSTC Board Member and India Country Representative, CB (Ram) Ramkumar at GreenOtels Events Across India

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​​March 2017 - Sustainable tourism mainstreaming is taking place in India, with events throughout the country, led by GSTC member Root Cause Media / GreenOtels with the support and guidance of GSTC Board Member and India Country Representative, CB (Ram) Ramkumar.

GreenOtels is doing something that has not been done until now in India – bringing maintenance engineers of hotels together hotel owners, CEOs, and general managers, under one forum where sustainability practices are discussed and promoted, especially through the GSTC Criteria.

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GSTC Member and Early Adopter, Jackson Hole, Selected as Finalist for National Geographic World Legacy Award

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March 2017 - GSTC Member and GSTC Criteria Early Adopter, Riverwind Foundation's Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program, is one of three finalists for the Destination Leadership category of the 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Awards. The awards were presented at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, on March 8, 2017.

"Teton County, Wyoming, also known as Jackson Hole and the southern half of Yellowstone, is very pleased to have been selected by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council to participate in its first Early Adopter Program for sustainable tourism destination criteria," says Riverwind Foundation Executive Director Timothy O’Donoghue.

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GSTC at the 6th InterEcoForum Marbella, Spain, 23-24 March, 2017

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GSTC Chair Luigi Cabrini to speak about "Tourism trends and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council" at the 6th InterEcoForum in Marbella, Spain, 23-24 March, 2017.

The VI InterEcoForum will put its perspective in the study of Sustainable Tourism Development, as a synergy of the results of the Year of Tourism Spain-Russia, with the proclamation that the United Nations has made 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism.

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GSTC Training of Control Union Auditors

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February-March 2017, Bangkok, Thailand, and Dalfsen, The Netherlands - The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) had conducted a training to Control Union (CU) auditors. This is to ensure CU's auditors obtain the required knowledge of the tourism sector in general and the GSTC Criteria and indicators in particular.

The training sessions took place in Bangkok, Thailand (20-23 February) and Dalfsen, The Netherlands (28 February – 3 March) and were tailored to the specific needs of CU by combining theoretical knowledge with practical exercises. The latter included an on-site mock audit at several hotels.

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GSTC to Support the Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum in Serres, Greece, May 25th-26th 2017

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GSTC Chair Luigi Cabrini will speak at the session of "Cultural & Sustainable Tourism” at the Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum, which will be held in Serres, Greece, on May 25th & 26th 2017. Mr. Cabrini will also participate at the the Scientific Committee, the Forum's highest consultancy body.

The Forum stands as think-tank to outline current situation, quote political indicators, navigate to growth and cooperation and monitor perspectives and SDGs towards 2030, whilst Official Partner is the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and Strategic Partner the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR).

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