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19 09, 2023

Destination Assessment in Port city Kotor

2023-09-19T17:58:17+08:00September 19th, 2023|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the municipality of Kotor and the port of Kotor in Montenegro will cooperate to conduct a destination assessment in the historic port city. Kotor is an important cruise port in the Adriatic region. The city of Kotor, set against a mountainous backdrop, is [...]

12 07, 2023

Destination Assessment of Sonoma County, California

2023-08-04T04:38:21+08:00July 12th, 2023|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) conducted a Destination Assessment of Sonoma County, California from February to November 2022. The Destination Assessment was led by Dr. Kelly Bricker, GSTC Vice-Chair, with the full support of Sonoma County Tourism (SCT). Sonoma County Tourism Overview Encompassing 1,575 square miles in northwestern California, Sonoma County is known [...]

1 12, 2022

Heraklion Become Partner of the Urban Agenda for the EU Partnership on Sustainable Tourism

2023-03-09T17:00:55+08:00December 1st, 2022|

Heraklion, following an invitation from the European Commission, has been selected as a partner in the Urban Agenda for the EU partnership (URBAN AGENDA for the EU), which is being created in the new thematic area of Sustainable Tourism. Through this network of cities, Member States and stakeholders, Heraklion will play an active role [...]

28 07, 2022

Completion of GSTC Destination Assessments in the Greek Cities of Corfu and Heraklion

2022-08-27T10:36:15+08:00July 28th, 2022|

Athens, 28 July 2022. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world's largest cruise industry trade association, welcomes the completion of sustainability destination assessments in the popular Greek cruise destinations of Corfu and Heraklion. The project, co-funded by CLIA in partnership with the two municipalities and port authorities, was conducted by the Global Sustainable Tourism [...]

23 04, 2022

Destination Assessment of Heraklion

2022-08-27T10:36:15+08:00April 23rd, 2022|

April 2022 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) conducted a Destination Assessment of Heraklion, Greece, from March to December 2021. The Destination Assessment was led by Dr. Ioannis Pappas, GSTC Program Director for the Mediterranean Region, working closely with Heraklion’s authorities. Heraklion Tourism Overview Heraklion is the largest region of Crete and a [...]

19 02, 2022

Destination Assessment of Summit County, Utah

2022-02-19T09:53:00+08:00February 19th, 2022|

February 2022 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) conducted a Destination Assessment of Summit County, Utah, from July to December 2021. The Destination Assessment was led by Dr. Kelly Bricker, GSTC Vice-Chair, working closely with the Park City Chamber of Commerce | Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCCVB) and stakeholders throughout the County. Summit [...]

3 06, 2020

Report on GSTC Destination Assessment of Dubrovnik

2020-06-05T14:27:51+08:00June 3rd, 2020|

Dubrovnik, 2nd June - The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Destination Assessment of Dubrovnik Report was presented in Dubrovnik via video by Dr. Ioannis Pappas, GSTC Director - Mediterranean Region, with the participation of Mato Franković, Mayor of Dubrovnik, and Kelly Craighead, President and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). The presentation was [...]

20 04, 2020

Destination Assessment of Santo Island, Vanuatu

2021-11-02T19:01:05+08:00April 20th, 2020|

Santo Island, Vanuatu Tourism Overview Sanma is a province located in the Northern part of the nation of Vanuatu. It  occupies the nation's largest island, Espiritu Santo, located approximately 2,500 km northeast of Sydney, Australia. Sanma Province is made up of the islands of Santo and Malo, and includes a number of smaller surrounding [...]

30 07, 2019

Destination Assessment of Belize City

2022-04-22T03:37:54+08:00July 30th, 2019|

Belize Tourism Overview Belize offers plenty of opportunities to explore its natural resources. It has one of the largest barrier reefs in the northern hemisphere - a World Heritage Site; the Blue Hole; offshore islands; and Mayan archaeological sites, ancient cities, and sacred cave complexes. This array of ecosystems and cultural attractions has made [...]

1 07, 2019

Sustainable Sedona Tourism

2021-03-16T10:23:06+08:00July 1st, 2019|

Jennifer Wesselhoff, President and CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, speaks about Sedona, Arizona's new sustainable tourism plan following their GSTC Destination Assessment in 2016. Sedona is applying the GSTC Criteria for Destinations, applying key tactics to keep their resident and visitor experience top-notch while the population *doubles* daily from tourism--a $1B business for [...]

10 06, 2019

Destination Assessment of Roatan, Honduras

2021-01-23T07:23:22+08:00June 10th, 2019|

Tourism in Roatan, Honduras Today Roatan is an island in the Caribbean located 65 kilometers from the coast of Honduras. Tourism is key to Roatan’s economy. However, it's unfortunately confronted with its own set of issues. The island’s growing popularity has resulted in increased wastewater, pollution, and other environmental threats. These are all accelerated [...]

28 04, 2018

Pattaya, Thailand GSTC Destination Assessment Report

2021-01-15T12:08:45+08:00April 28th, 2018|

Pattaya City Background Information Pattaya City is located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand. It’s about 100 kilometers south-east of Bangkok. There are several natural and cultural attractions. Attractions include beaches, Pattaya Hill, Chaloem Phra Kiat Park, Pattaya Walking Street, Koh Larn, Takhian Tia Community, Chak Ngaew Community, theme parks and [...]

17 03, 2018

Ohrid (North Macedonia) Destination Assessment Report

2020-09-17T15:34:49+08:00March 17th, 2018|

GSTC Destination Assessment Opening and closing workshops in Ohrid The objective of any assessment is to see the destinations’ present status and to create a strategic plan for improvement in order for the destination to become more sustainable. The assessment is based on the GSTC Destination Criteria, focusing on these four pillars: [...]

4 12, 2017

The Chelenko Destination prepares to offer more sustainable tourism

2020-06-08T18:52:40+08:00December 4th, 2017|

Ms. Natalia Naranjo, GSTC Trainer and Destination Assessor In a special agreement between GSTC and Sernatur Aysen, Chile, which hosted the GSTC2017 Aysen in September, the Chelenko Destination began a new process to start their path to the sustainability. For 2 weeks during November 2017, the Chelenko Destination went through a destination assessment and [...]

29 09, 2017

GSTC Destination Assessment of Lago Llanquihue, Chile

2020-08-04T13:51:39+08:00September 29th, 2017|

September 2017 - GSTC conducted a Destination Assessment of Lago Llanquihue, Chile - comprising the four municipalities of Puerto Varas, Fruitillar, Llanquihue, and Puerto Octay, on the banks of Lake Llanquihue in Northern Patagonia. This assessment served as a follow-up to the earlier GSTC assessment of Lago Llanquihue as part of GSTC's Early Adopter [...]

10 07, 2017

GSTC Destination Assessment of Sukhothai Historical Park, Thailand

2021-10-29T22:53:47+08:00July 10th, 2017|

Sukhothai Historical Park  The Destination Assessment team interviewing the members of the Community Club Sukhothai Historical Park is located in north-central Thailand, near modern-day Sukhothai. This UNESCO World Heritage Site represents what is left of the Sukhothai Kingdom. The Kingdom ruled Thailand between the 13th and 14th centuries. The Sukhothai Kingdom is [...]

28 01, 2017

Sedona, Arizona Destination Assessment Report

2020-10-07T22:40:01+08:00January 28th, 2017|

Overview of the Destination Sedona, Arizona Views overlooking Sedona Sedona is located in Arizona’s high desert under the southwestern rim of the Colorado Plateau. It’s strategically situated at the mouth of Oak Creek Canyon. Characterized by massive red-rocks, Sedona is comparable to some national parks.  The City of Sedona was incorporated in [...]

6 01, 2016

Cayman Islands completes destination sustainability assessment

2020-08-04T15:51:27+08:00January 6th, 2016|

The Cayman Islands, the GSTC's latest destination member, recently underwent a GSTC comprehensive assessment of its sustainability as part of the GSTC's Destinations Program. The procurement and organization of the assessment for the Cayman Islands were spearheaded by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) and Cayman Department of Environment. The GSTC's Destinations Program [...]

8 04, 2015

GSTC Announces Assessments for Destinations through New Destinations Program

2020-09-06T15:48:42+08:00April 8th, 2015|

 April 8, 2015- The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce the recent launch of the GSTC Destinations Program. For all destinations, even those with no previous experience with sustainability, the GSTC Destinations Program offers valuable engagement with a GSTC destination expert providing custom guidance on the world’s leading destination sustainability standard: the [...]

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