The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) invites you to provide input in the creation of the GSTC MICE Criteria covering Venues, Event Organizers and Events/Exhibitions.

The GSTC Criteria operate as the universal foundation for sustainability standards in travel and tourism. It has been meticulously established through a comprehensive global effort to introduce a universally understood and adopted language around sustainability within tourism industry.

This first round of consultation for the GSTC MICE Criteria is open to all — whether you are a stakeholder, an industry expert, a sustainability enthusiast, or anyone who engages in MICE activities. We are eagerly looking forward to hearing your viewpoints and insights on the GSTC MICE Criteria.

We would also appreciate it if you could help us spread the word about this consultation. Please share this invitation with anyone you know who is directly or indirectly involved with MICE and tourism and sustainability. That could include tour operators, travel agents, hoteliers, event organizers, policymakers, academics, non-profit organizations, community representatives, or even individual travelers.

Thank you in advance for your contributions to this important initiative. Together, we can continue to drive the conversation around sustainable tourism forward and make real, impactful changes to the way we all meet, travel and operate in this industry.

Let’s shape the future of MICE for the better, one criterion at a time! Thank you for your participation. The 1st public consultation (From 15th June to 15th August, 2023.) is completed and the key findings report is available here. Updated information of Criteria Development is in this page.

GSTC MICE Criteria

 Photo taken at the GSTC MICE Criteria Consultation Workshop at the GSTC2023 Conference in Antalya, Türkiye.

Advisory Group

The Advisory Group takes a role of high-level advice provision to the Technical Team by providing useful, relevant and coherent information related to the MICE industry.

The members are:

  • Green Key Global
  • Osaka Convention Bureau
  • Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (SACEOS)
  • Singapore Tourism Board
  • Sustainable Hospitality Alliance
  • Suwon Convention & Visitor Bureau
  • Visit Berlin
  • Visit Oslo

Key Stakeholders 

Key stakeholders will contribute their knowledge and experiences to the MICE Criteria development by providing intensive feedback and comments on the MICE Criteria drafts during two public consultations and engaging in the feasibility assessment.

The key stakeholders are:

  • American Express Global Business Travel
  • Costa Rica Tourism Board
  • Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)
  • International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
  • Japan Convention Services
  • Meetingselect
  • Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)
  • Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA)

*more key stakeholders to be listed.

Feasibility Assessment

The feasibility assessment will be a study to evaluate the suggested criteria based on a compiled draft from the GSTC Technical Team. This is to assess the readability (how easy-to-understand the criteria are); measurability/auditability (how objective they are); and feasibility of the requirement (how likely they are to be met) of each criterion. The feasibility assessment will start on September 15th, 2023.

If you are interested, please contact us; criteria@gstcouncil.org

*Before contacting us, we highly encourage you to participate in the public consultation so that you can be aware of the structure of the MICE Criteria.  

The Feasibility Assessment organizations are:

  • Asian Ecotourism Network
  • Costa Rica Tourism Board
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
  • ExpoCité | Ville de Québec
  • International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
  • Japan Convention Services
  • Marina Bay Sands
  • Osaka International Convention Center Corp.
  • Resorts World Sentosa
  • Sentosa Development Corporation
  • Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (SACEOS)
  • Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau
  • Suwon Convention & Visitor Bureau
  • Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA)
  • Workshop organized by Malta Tourism Authority