Latest GSTC News and Updates

25 02, 2024

GSTC Chair Luigi Cabrini at the ENTRUST International Conference in Donegal, Ireland

2024-02-25T16:06:58+08:00February 25th, 2024|

GSTC Chair Luigi Cabrini participated in the ENTRUST International Conference on the 7th of February 2024, held in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana, in Donegal, Ireland. The International Conference opened with a welcoming speech from Alison McGonagle, ENTRUST Project Coordinator, Mary Daly from Go Visit Donegal, and Joan Crawford from Failte Ireland. Mr. Cabrini [...]

20 02, 2024

Mandarin Oriental gains GSTC-Committed Status

2024-02-20T17:26:08+08:00February 20th, 2024|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council® (GSTC®) is pleased to announce that the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Limited has gained GSTC-Committed status for its adoption (without amendment) of the GSTC Industry Criteria v3.0. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is an international hotel investment and management group with luxury hotels, resorts, and residences in destinations worldwide. Having [...]

17 02, 2024

GSTC Hotel Sustainability Training for Industry Professionals, March 28-29, 2024 (In partnership with Agoda & USAID)

2024-02-22T15:57:31+08:00February 17th, 2024|

Schedule | Testimonials | Certificate | Trainers | Registration Hotel Sustainability Training for Industry Professionals In partnership with Agoda and USAID, GSTC Hotel Sustainability Training is coming to Jaipur, Rajasthan, empowering hoteliers to cultivate sustainable tourism practices and gain in-depth and practical knowledge of the GSTC Criteria. This marks the [...]

16 02, 2024

Destination Assessment of The Islands of Tahiti, French Polynesia

2024-02-16T20:37:57+08:00February 16th, 2024|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) conducted a Destination Assessment of The Islands of Tahiti, French Polynesia, from August to December 2023. The Destination Assessment was led by Dr. Mihee Kang, GSTC Global Assurance Director, with the full support of Tahiti Tourisme.  The Islands of Tahiti (also known as French Polynesia), situated in the [...]

14 02, 2024

The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training sponsored by Furano Sustainable Action Promotion Meeting concluded successfully

2024-02-20T23:36:52+08:00February 14th, 2024|

Furano Sustainable Action Promotion Meeting (FSAPM), sponsored the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training for their tourism stakeholders in Furano Hokkaido, Japan. The three-day training in Japanese was held from November 28 to November 30, 2023.  The training was led by GSTC Trainer, Dr. Mami Futagami, Dr., Professor Emeritus, Meijo University who shared her knowledge and [...]

12 02, 2024

Green Tourism Criteria Gains GSTC-Recognized Standard Status

2024-02-12T16:27:08+08:00February 12th, 2024|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council® (GSTC®) is pleased to announce that the ‘Green Tourism Criteria for Hotels & Other Accommodation’ Version 10 dated 20th December 2023, has gained GSTC-Recognized Standard status, meaning it has been fully recognized as equivalent to the GSTC Industry Criteria.  The Green Tourism Criteria is based on three principles, caring [...]

8 02, 2024

Barceló ReGen Standards v1.0 Gains GSTC-Recognized Standard Status

2024-02-08T16:48:28+08:00February 8th, 2024|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council® (GSTC®) is pleased to announce that the ‘Barceló ReGen Standards v1.0’, has gained GSTC-Recognized Standard status, meaning it has been fully recognized as equivalent to the GSTC Industry Criteria.  “Barceló ReGen” is the name of Barcelo’s new sustainability plan, which aimes to drive forward a profound cultural transformation in [...]

2 02, 2024

Destination Re-Assessment of Dubrovnik, Croatia

2024-02-02T15:58:13+08:00February 2nd, 2024|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) conducted a Destination Re-Assessment of Dubrovnik, Croatia from February to April 2023. The Destination Re-Assessment was led by Dr. Ioannis Pappas, GSTC Director Mediterranean Region and commissioned by the Dubrovnik Municipality, with the support of its Tourism Board.  GSTC conducted Dubrovnik’s first Destination Assessment four years ago in [...]

1 02, 2024

GSTC at FITUR 2024, Madrid, Spain

2024-02-06T16:48:11+08:00February 1st, 2024|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) was present at FITUR, The International Tourism Fair, organized by Ifema, in Madrid, Spain, from January 24 to 28, 2024. Estefanía del Azar, GSTC Communications Manager, spoke at Booking.com’s presentation of The Economist report “Destination Always”, in which Luigi Cabrini Chair of GSTC, participated in its workshop in [...]

31 01, 2024

Nippon Travel Agency Joins GSTC

2024-01-31T14:14:16+08:00January 31st, 2024|

Nippon Travel Agency (NTA), founded in 1905, by Shinsuke Minami, holds the distinguished title of being Japan's oldest travel agency. With over a century of expertise, NTA has consistently dedicated itself to crafting exceptional travel experiences.  The West Japan Railway Company (JR West), serving as the parent company of NTA, fortifies NTA's capabilities, empowering [...]

30 01, 2024

All TUI Hotels & Resorts in Türkiye are GSTC-Certified

2024-01-30T16:53:35+08:00January 30th, 2024|

Raising the sustainability performance of their hotels is an important part of the TUI Sustainability Agenda. One way of measuring progress is through globally acknowledged sustainability certificates.  The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) establishes and manages global standards for sustainable travel and tourism, known as the GSTC Criteria. Photo credit: TUI Blue Sarigerme [...]

28 01, 2024

TUI Sustainability Year 2023 in Numbers

2024-02-08T19:18:43+08:00January 28th, 2024|

Here are some of TUI's achievements in the area of sustainability. TUI will continue to make progress in 2024: by strengthening the positive impact of tourism around the world, by reducing the environmental footprint of our operations, and by taking of colleagues and customers with them on this journey. Tourism is a force for [...]

27 01, 2024

HN World Panel Viewpoint – Shaping the Future of Hospitality: Continuous Improvements or Radical Changes?

2024-02-01T18:22:22+08:00January 27th, 2024|

14 experts shared their view "Will the next 50 years bring the Great Decoupling or the Great Collapse?" [1] All bets are on the former when economies thrive decoupled from greenhouse gas emission. Decoupling must equally occur between societal development and biocapacity. The hotel sector has developed many sustainability and ESG approaches to chart [...]

26 01, 2024

The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training sponsored by the Shodoshima Tourism Association (STA) concluded successfully

2024-01-26T15:07:39+08:00January 26th, 2024|

Shodoshima Tourism Association (STA) sponsored the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training for their tourism stakeholders in Shodoshima Kagawa, Japan. The three-day training in Japanese was held from the 20th to 22nd of December, 2023.  The training was led by GSTC Trainers, Kazuhiro Arai, Representative of Daisetsuzan Nature School, and Koji Miwa, Policy Researcher at the [...]

16 01, 2024

German National Tourist Board joins GSTC

2024-01-16T14:55:21+08:00January 16th, 2024|

German National Tourist Board has joined as a Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) works on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action to represent Germany as a tourist destination. Working closely with the German travel industry and private-sector partners and trade [...]

15 01, 2024

GSTC Attraction Criteria 1st Public Consultation is Now Open

2024-02-09T14:48:14+08:00January 15th, 2024|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announced in April 2023 the development of new criteria sets, GSTC MICE Criteria and GSTC Attraction Criteria, with support from the Singapore Tourism Board STB.  The GSTC MICE Criteria (covering Venues, Event Organizers, and Events/Exhibitions) and GSTC Attraction Criteria aim to serve as the global sustainability standards for [...]

12 01, 2024

The Emerging Trends in Hotel Sustainability Certification

2024-01-12T17:23:05+08:00January 12th, 2024|

GSTC’s Roi Ariel shares how the increasing number of certification bodies is changing the meetings industry. An increasing number of certification bodies have entered the MICE industry to certify hotels as sustainable. These include Bureau Veritas, Vireo Srl and Control Union. The latter, for example, has more than 200 certification programmes. Such certification bodies [...]

11 01, 2024

ITIJ – The Outlook is Sunny: The Global Travel Forecast for 2024

2024-01-11T18:26:03+08:00January 11th, 2024|

As a new year begins, it is a good opportunity to reflect on international travel in 2023 and to also look ahead… The global travel industry courageously navigated the pandemic’s severe ramifications and continues to demonstrate tremendous resilience post-Covid-19.  It’s been nearly four years since the pandemic was declared in March 2020, swiftly followed [...]

9 01, 2024

The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training sponsored by The Austrian National Tourist Office concluded successfully

2024-01-09T17:57:42+08:00January 9th, 2024|

The Austrian National Tourist Office, Österreich Werbung, sponsored the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training for its staff in Linz. The two-day training in German was held from November 9 to November 10, 2023. The Austrian National Tourist Office joined the GSTC as a member in May, 2023. The training was led by GSTC Trainers Dr. [...]

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