1 12, 2019

GSTC Country Representative Program to End in 2019

2019-11-24T11:43:03+08:00December 1st, 2019|

GSTC began designating valuable GSTC partners as Country Representative in 2014 to serve as the “eyes and ears” and in many ways the voices of GSTC in their respective countries or regions. They have played a valuable role, helping stakeholders better understand and engage with the GSTC. The GSTC Country Representative Program will cease [...]

18 11, 2019

Hilton LightStay Standard is Now a GSTC-Recognized Standard

2019-11-18T17:09:21+08:00November 18th, 2019|

November 18, 2019 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Hilton’s corporate responsibility management system has achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized Standard’ status. Hilton is the first major hotel company to achieve this recognition. In 2009, Hilton launched LightStay, its award-winning platform that enables the company to track its environmental and social [...]

15 11, 2019

WWF’s World Wildlife Magazine Recommends GSTC

2019-11-15T09:56:43+08:00November 15th, 2019|

Planning a getaway? Make sure your vacation is a win for the environment. © CHRIS GASH/WWF-US Planning a getaway? Consider destinations, hotels, and tour operators that meet the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) standards. By doing so, you can minimize your environmental impact and send a powerful message to the travel industry about [...]

14 11, 2019

Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Joins GSTC

2019-11-14T12:08:55+08:00November 14th, 2019|

Jeju Special Self-Governing Province has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a Destination Member. As the largest volcanic island in Korea, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province is one of Koreans’ popular destinations due to its unique and beautiful nature and culture, and is most commonly known to Koreans as the best honeymoon destination in [...]

11 11, 2019

Agoda Joins GSTC

2019-11-11T13:27:54+08:00November 11th, 2019|

Agoda has officially joined as a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The GSTC engages with a worldwide network of members, who represent a wide range of tourism stakeholders. Being a GSTC member means actively participating in GSTC’s global network, contributing to the important work of the GSTC in promoting the widespread adoption [...]

9 11, 2019

The Globe and Mail: A guide to understanding your impact on the environment and how to reduce it

2019-11-16T11:05:04+08:00November 9th, 2019|

"If you want to be an eco-friendly traveller, you’re going to have to work for it. This collection of tips, resources and ideas will help you reduce your environmental footprint wherever you travel" "To change the way you look at travel, try to seek out designations such as the Green Destination Standard, which sets environmental, [...]

9 11, 2019

Sustainable Travel – Travel the Smarter Way (University Observer)

2019-11-15T00:23:08+08:00November 9th, 2019|

Sustainable travelling is finding effective ways to be a tourist, without harming the natural surroundings and resources of the place you visit. The emphasis is on reducing our so called ‘footprint’, in this context defined as our personal negative effect on the places we visit. So defined, it also involves considering the impact of tourism [...]

4 11, 2019

The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2019 by CREST

2019-11-04T09:51:10+08:00November 4th, 2019|

The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) released a new tourism industry study, The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2019. The report highlights growing consumer demand for sustainable travel experiences and analyzes the role businesses and destinations play in mainstreaming responsible tourism. The report contends that while consumer demand for responsible tourism continues to [...]

14 10, 2019

Booking.com Joins GSTC

2019-11-14T11:52:13+08:00October 14th, 2019|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Booking.com, one of the world’s leading digital travel platforms, has officially joined as a member of GSTCs global network. Representing a wide range of tourism stakeholders, GSTC members are active drivers for sustainability in travel and tourism and contribute to the important work [...]

1 10, 2019

GSTC Industry Criteria – Now Available in Portuguese (Portugal)

2019-11-01T13:04:59+08:00October 1st, 2019|

The GSTC Industry Criteria has been translated into Portuguese (Portugal) and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. Os Critérios GSTC para a Indústria estão já traduzidos para português (Portugal) e disponíveis para descarga na secção Criteria Translations. O Congresso Anual do GSTC (GSTC2019), tem lugar de 4 a 7 de dezembro [...]

28 09, 2019

Sustainable travel: four smart ways to make a positive impact

2019-09-30T11:10:01+08:00September 28th, 2019|

#3 Stay in sustainable lodging Where you choose to sleep at night also plays a key role in being a green traveller. This part requires some legwork and research, however. “Hotel sustainability practices have grown tremendously in recent years, especially through certification programs that follow international best-practice standards,” Bray said. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) [...]

26 09, 2019

Royal Caribbean announces 1,400 sustainable shore excursion options

2019-09-30T12:03:38+08:00September 26th, 2019|

Ahead of its 2020 goal, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced it now offers  1,400 sustainable tours are now available for booking. Offered by certified sustainable tour operators, these special tours are available across Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s (RCL) family of brands — including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara — and are available around [...]

23 09, 2019

GSTC in Saudi Arabia: International Conference of the Semi-Arid Mountainous Environments in Asir Region

2019-09-27T19:44:35+08:00September 23rd, 2019|

Along with speakers from more than 16 countries,  Dr. Ioannis Pappas, GSTC Board Member & Director for the Mediterranean Region, spoke at the 1st International Conference of the Semi-Arid Mountainous Environments in Asir Region The first International Conference of the Semi-Arid Mountainous Environments was held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin [...]

19 09, 2019

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council and Planet Happiness Sign MOU

2019-09-20T19:25:03+08:00September 19th, 2019|

Planet Happiness and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) have signed a partnership agreement focused on strengthening sustainability standards in tourism and impact reporting in tourism destinations. They will work together to promote mutual understanding of each other’s work among their members and partners.  They will also engage on a range of topics related to [...]

13 09, 2019

Adventure Green Alaska is Now a GSTC-Recognized Standard

2019-09-13T20:30:42+08:00September 13th, 2019|

Adventure Green Alaska is Now a GSTC-Recognized Standard The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Adventure Green Alaska Standards for Accommodations and for Tour-Operators have achieved the ‘GSTC-Recognized Standard’ status.  Adventure Green Alaska began in 2007 as a statewide effort to grow sustainable tourism in Alaska and promote model businesses [...]

20 08, 2019

GSTC Chair, Luigi Cabrini, Honored for His Profound Contribution to Economy, Society, and Environment

2019-08-30T05:22:19+08:00August 20th, 2019|

Mr. Luigi Cabrini, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) was given an Honorary Fellowship for his "profound contributions to the environment, economy, and society." On July 29th, the Social Enterprise Research Academy (SERA) hosted the ‘Fellowship & Honorary Award Presentation Ceremony 2019’ at Hong Kong Baptist University. [...]

19 08, 2019

GSTC Announces the Results of its 2019 Board of Directors Election

2019-08-31T04:21:49+08:00August 19th, 2019|

The GSTC Board of Directors plays an integral role in the leadership of the organization. Most seats on the board are filled via annual elections of and by current members of the Council. The GSTC Election Committee has validated the votes and has released the results. Three current board members were re-elected to 3-year [...]

10 08, 2019

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Awards Hotels through the National Sustainable Tourism Certification (NSTC)

2019-08-29T20:29:08+08:00August 10th, 2019|

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) initiated the National Sustainable Tourism Certification (NSTC) as the first step towards making Sri Lanka's tourism industry sustainable with the technical and financial assistance from UNDP Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN). As part of the process, hotels were awarded for their sustainable practices on 5th August 2019 at Ape Game, [...]

1 08, 2019

GSTC Board Member Dr. Ioannis Pappas at Moscow Urban Forum 2019

2019-08-31T00:25:35+08:00August 1st, 2019|

Dr. Ioannis Pappas, GSTC Board Member & Director for the Mediterranean Region, spoke at the Moscow Urban Forum 2019 in July. Dr. Pappas shared important developments in the travel industry's shift to adhere to sustainability standards in the session "Attraction point. Tourism as a resource for the internal development of the city". Moscow Urban [...]

29 07, 2019

Sustainable Tourism Online Course – GSTC Training 2019-04

2019-11-14T21:29:31+08:00July 29th, 2019|

What: 4-week sustainable tourism online course by the GSTC When: October 14 - November 8, 2019* Where: Online Language: English This course has already started and we are currently not accepting any registration. If you're interested in being part of one of the future GSTC training online courses, please see the 2020 course schedule [...]

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