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4 06, 2021

Booking.com 2021 Sustainable Travel Report

2021-06-04T15:03:33+08:00June 4th, 2021|Tags: |

Booking.com 2021 Sustainable Travel Report reveals how the ‘pandemic effect’ could finally tip sustainable travel intent into impactful action • 83% of global travelers think sustainable travel is vital, with 61% saying the pandemic has made them want to travel more sustainably in the future • 49% still believe that there aren’t enough sustainable travel [...]

27 05, 2021

Panama Joins GSTC

2021-05-30T08:52:22+08:00May 27th, 2021|Tags: |

Panama Tourism Authority (Autoridad de Turismo de Panamá, ATP) has joined as a Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) is the government organization that encompasses, encourages, promotes and regulates all tourist-related activities in the Republic of Panama. It is in charge of looking over all touristic activity in [...]

24 05, 2021

Bahamas Joins GSTC

2021-05-24T19:07:02+08:00May 24th, 2021|Tags: |

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation has joined as a Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). With over 700 islands and cays, and 16 unique island destinations, The Bahamas lies 50 miles off the coast of Florida. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) is an organization laid out in [...]

20 05, 2021

HotelExecutive: 6 Ways to Make a Hotel Sustainable

2021-05-25T16:50:12+08:00May 20th, 2021|Tags: |

Following global trends, hoteliers are now moving faster towards more sustainable practices. However, sustainability is a broad topic and taking the first steps might be daunting. To make it easier, Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), shares 6 ways that are crucial in making hotels sustainable: Market Demand for Eco-Friendly - [...]

17 05, 2021

GSTC Webinar Recording: Sustainable Hotels

2021-05-17T18:40:43+08:00May 17th, 2021|Tags: |

Ahead of the first GSTC Sustainable Hotel online course (May 27 – June 11), Dr. David Ermen presented key issues hoteliers should focus on beyond plastic straws and reusing towels. The webinar was moderated by Ayako Ezaki, GSTC Training Director. The presentation followed by a Q&A session with David Ermen, Ayako Ezaki, and Roi [...]

30 04, 2021

GSTC published revised GSTC Accreditation Manual v2.5

2021-05-24T19:33:44+08:00April 30th, 2021|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce the publication of its revised GSTC Accreditation Manual version 2.5 approved on 27th April 2021, which will become effective on 15th May 2021. The Manual is available on the following webpage Achieve GSTC Accredited Status. The transition period to the GSTC Accreditation Manual v2.5 runs [...]

28 04, 2021

TUI delivered 43 million “greener and fairer” holidays since 2015

2021-05-19T10:42:04+08:00April 28th, 2021|Tags: |

Less CO2 emissions, less waste, more green energy: TUI delivered 43 million “greener and fairer” holidays since 2015 84% growth in the number of customers staying in hotels with sustainability certification Sustainability certifications for hotels drive environmental and socio-economic improvements When TUI´s Better Holidays, Better World sustainability strategy was rolled out across the business [...]

27 04, 2021

New Smyrna Beach Joins GSTC

2021-04-22T08:57:58+08:00April 27th, 2021|Tags: , , |

The New Smyrna Beach Area Visitors Bureau has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a destination member. The New Smyrna Beach Area Visitors Bureau is a non-profit, political subdivision of Volusia County Government, established in 1987 that is charged with marketing southeast Volusia County and the cities of: Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach, [...]

22 04, 2021

How to Travel More Sustainably – NYT Article

2021-04-22T18:38:05+08:00April 22nd, 2021|Tags: |

New York Times: How to Travel More Sustainably Don’t skimp on doing your own research, and be aware that ‘green’ certificates aren’t always all they’re cracked up to be. Looking for a hotel or tour operator that has earned a sustainability label might seem like a good place to start, but the reality isn’t so [...]

22 04, 2021

Sedona Joins GSTC

2021-04-22T17:33:54+08:00April 22nd, 2021|Tags: , , |

Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau (SCC&TB) has joined as a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau (SCC&TB) is a non-profit organization that is made up of businesses and organizations that wish to directly benefit from the products and services available to partners. [...]

18 04, 2021

Booking Holding’s 2020 Sustainable Travel Insights

2021-05-18T17:35:25+08:00April 18th, 2021|Tags: , |

Booking Holdings released its 2020 Sustainability Report The Booking Holdings 2020 Sustainability Report provides an update on the progress of the company’s sustainability and corporate social responsibility activities from 2020. It includes the results of Booking.com's 2020 research on sustainable travel: "2020 Sustainable Travel Insights". The report contains information and data on different aspects [...]

16 04, 2021

Destination Stewardship Report – Spring 2021 (Volume 1, Issue 4)

2021-05-04T09:13:56+08:00April 16th, 2021|

Destination Stewardship Report Srping 2021 April-June (Volume 1, Issue 4) The Destination Stewardship Report is an e-quarterly collaboration between the Destination Stewardship Center and Global Sustainable Tourism Council, and in time maybe others. Our goal is to provide practical information and insights useful to anyone whose work or interests involve improving destination stewardship in a [...]

6 04, 2021

Japan Sustainable Tourism Standard for Destinations is now a GSTC-Recognized Standard

2021-04-09T09:09:38+08:00April 6th, 2021|Tags: |

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Japan Sustainable Tourism Standard for Destinations (JSTS-D) has achieved the ‘GSTC-Recognized Standard’ status. The Japan Sustainable Tourism Standard for Destinations (JSTS-D) which is based on the GSTC Criteria for Destinations, was developed by Japan Tourism Agency (JTA), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and [...]

30 03, 2021

Criterion A1: Hotel Sustainability Management System Guidance

2021-04-01T14:06:29+08:00March 30th, 2021|Tags: , |

Criterion A1: Hotel Sustainability Management System - Implementation Guidance This Guidance document aims at helping hotels get started in fulfilling criterion A1 – Sustainability Management System (SMS) of the GSTC Industry Criteria. GSTC Member Greenview, a leading sustainability consulting and research firm with over a decade of experience working with dozens of hotel companies, has [...]

26 03, 2021

GSTC Announces Sustainable Business Travel and Sustainable Hotel Courses

2021-03-26T11:15:48+08:00March 26th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

  GSTC Announces Expanding Online Training to Sustainable Business Travel and Sustainable Hotel Courses March 26, 2021 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the leading global authority on sustainability standards for travel and tourism, expands its successful Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) to include Sustainable Business Travel courses and Sustainable Hotels courses. The program [...]

24 03, 2021

Switzerland Joins GSTC

2021-03-25T08:27:44+08:00March 24th, 2021|Tags: |

Switzerland Tourism Joins GSTC and Announces the Swisstainable Strategy. Switzerland Tourism (ST) is the national tourism board for Switzerland. ST positions Switzerland as a destination standing for quality, naturalness, authenticity, sustainability and modernity, under the overall concept of “Swissness”. To do so, ST develops systematic marketing programs that it implements creatively with its partners [...]

17 03, 2021

Alianzas para Encuentros Humanos: Capacitación en Turismo Sostenible del GSTC

2021-03-17T21:15:22+08:00March 17th, 2021|

El Programa de Entrenamiento en Turismo Sostenible GSTC está trabajando con redes de viajes sostenibles y responsables líderes para los programas de entrenamiento en habla Hispana, con la meta de fomentar las oportunidades de compartir conocimiento y redes para más profesionales del turismo de todo el mundo Hispanoparlante. Tenemos el placer de colaborar [...]

17 03, 2021

Sweden Joins GSTC

2021-03-30T11:04:36+08:00March 17th, 2021|Tags: |

Visit Sweden has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a Destination Member. Visit Sweden is Sweden’s National Tourism Organisation, promoting the destination and Sweden brand to attract more foreign visitors, on short as well as long term. More visitors and longer visits mean business for the Swedish tourism industry, economic growth and [...]

12 03, 2021

GSTC on Treehugger

2021-04-15T16:38:55+08:00March 12th, 2021|Tags: |

Treehugger: What Is Sustainable Tourism and Why Is It Important? As people begin to pay more attention to sustainability and the direct and indirect effects of their actions, travel destinations and organizations are following suit. What Makes Tourism Sustainable? The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of [...]

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