On 28 October 2017 the JAFIT National Conference on “Realization of Sustainable Tourism” took place at Toyo University in Tokyo, Japan.
Mr. Roi Ariel, GSTC General Manager, was the keynote speaker at the conference, presenting “Realization of Sustainable Tourism through Global Standards”.
JAFIT (Japanese Foundation for International Tourism) chose the theme of “Realization of Sustainable Tourism” to celebrate the “2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development”.
“The definition of sustainable tourism might differ from one country to another, or from one organization to another,” said Mr. Ariel. “This is why the GSTC Criteria was developed, as a global set of baseline criteria organized around four pillars of sustainability, and to foster increased understanding of sustainable tourism practices and the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles.”
Japan Foundation for International Tourism (JAFIT) was founded in 1993. JAFIT has over 400 members, which makes it the second largest foundation on Tourism in Japan. Compared to Japan Institute of Tourism Research, the largest institution of tourism in Japan, which deals mainly with academic research, Japan Foundation for International Tourism professes industrial‐academic‐government cooperation, and pursue research that contributes to the tourism industry. The chairman is Mr. Takashi Shimakawa, professor of International Tourism Department of Toyo University. The members of the foundation include not only university faculty but also business people in the industry.