(June 4, 2015) For their contributions to the successful planning and execution of the Latin American Regional Meeting in Quito, Ecuador, the GSTC would like to thank our Country and Regional Representatives: Natalia Naranjo Colombia and Ecuador; D’Arcy Dornan for Brazil and Jorge Moller for Chile and Argentina. Without their outstanding efforts and regional knowledge, the GSTC would not have been able to gain such a valuable outcome.

The GSTC Latin America Regional Meeting took place on April 26th with great success. The gathering gave 75 travel and tourism professionals from over 12 countries a foundational list of tools, contacts, and references to improve overall sustainability of their operations. Structured in part like a workshop, presentations and round-table discussions centered on sustainable tourism standards, destination management, industry best practices, and the GSTC Destinations Program. The Latin America Regional Meeting was held in cooperation with The International Ecotourism Society’s- Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC15), and took place the day prior to the start of the conference.

GSTC Country Representatives uphold a variety of responsibilities to ensure the continued growth and support for the GSTC. One of these responsibilities and a crucial component of ensured growth is actively participating and planning of at least one GSTC event per year – the Annual General Meeting (AGM) or an authorized Regional Meeting. The expertise and regional knowledge of the country representative enriches the event and ensures that planning and communication coincide with the location of the meeting.

Becoming a GSTC Country Representative adds to the continued growth of the GSTC mission. A Country Representative serves regionally or nationally and is a qualified and approved sustainable tourism expert. Representatives benefit professionally from the prestige and exposure of holding this title and position among the elite group of global thought leaders promoting sustainable tourism that is the GSTC community. As member of the GSTC, you can become a Country Representative. To learn more about opportunities to become a GSTC Country Representative click here.