October 19, 2015 – Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism has signed an agreement with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to collaborate for the development of sustainable tourism in Indonesia.


Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya gave a keynote address commemorating World Tourism Day to an audience of tourism officials and private sector leaders in Jakarta September 28th, followed by presentations from key national tourism figures, the public signing of the sustainable tourism agreement and a presentation by GSTC CEO Randy Durband.

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GSTC CEO Randy Durband with Indonesian Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya, Jakarta September 28, 2015


The parties agree to collaborate in the development of sustainable tourism policies and practices in Indonesia.  GSTC will support through its training and mentoring the development of a team of experts within the Ministry and throughout the regions of the country, and assist in the devevlopment of a national certification scheme for destinations.  


GSTC Technical Director Guy Chester joined CEO Randy Durband in meeting with key officials in Jakarta to deliver a plan for 2016 and 2017, then conducted two multi-day training sessions of key leaders.


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GSTC Technical Director Guy Chester (seated, center) with Ministry of Tourism officials and leaders from various destinations for GSTC sustainable tourism training, Jakarta September 30, 2015

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Public signing of the agreement to collaborate for the development of sustainable tourism in Indonesia, Jakarta September 28, 2015