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25 02, 2021

GSTC at ITB Berlin NOW (9-12 March 2021)

2021-02-25T16:35:05+08:00February 25th, 2021|Tags: |

We couldn't meet at ITB Berlin in 2020, but we can in 2021, as ITB Berlin will take place online! If you are attending ITB Berlin NOW, you are welcome to visit the GSTC booth, and correspond with our team that will be there. If you do not have a ticket, you can still visit [...]

25 02, 2021

Valencia Joins GSTC

2021-02-25T12:19:30+08:00February 25th, 2021|Tags: , |

Visit València has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a destination member. VISIT VALÈNCIA is a non-profit Foundation with the participation of the València City Council in association with the majority of the local tourism industry. Its goal is the strategic management and promotion of the city of València as a tourist [...]

23 02, 2021

New Zealand Joins GSTC

2021-02-24T12:00:43+08:00February 23rd, 2021|Tags: , |

Qualmark on behalf of Tourism New Zealand has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a destination member Tourism New Zealand is the organisation responsible for marketing New Zealand to the world as a tourist destination, focusing on the 100% Pure New Zealand brand, a campaign that has evolved over the past 20 [...]

10 02, 2021

EU Tourism Manifesto Recommends GSTC

2021-02-25T16:09:22+08:00February 10th, 2021|Tags: , , |

Accelerate Social and Economic Recovery by Investing in Sustainable Tourism Development: Using the GSTC Criteria The European Tourism Manifesto, in the latest paper, is proposing using the GSTC framework for certification and GSTC destination management methodology as major delivery models to ones to Accelerate Social and Economic Recovery by Investing in Sustainable Tourism Development. Following [...]

8 02, 2021

GSTC Assurance Panel’s 10-Year Anniversary

2021-02-25T18:12:35+08:00February 8th, 2021|

On February 7th, 2011, the first meeting of the GSTC Assurance Panel (back then called Accreditation Panel) took place virtually. “During the past 10 years, the Panel has reviewed around 100 applications seeking GSTC’s recognition of a standard or accreditation of a certification system,” says Cathy Parsons, GSTC Assurance Panel Chair. “I want to [...]

5 02, 2021

Destination Stewardship Report – Winter 2021 (Volume 1, Issue 3)

2021-02-06T09:32:48+08:00February 5th, 2021|

Destination Stewardship Report Winter 2021 January-March (Volume 1, Issue 3) 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 [...]

26 01, 2021

Athens Joins GSTC

2021-01-28T17:43:40+08:00January 26th, 2021|Tags: , |

Athens Development and Destination Management Agency has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a destination member. Athens Development and Destination Management Agency (ADDMA) supports Athens’ ongoing evolution as a contemporary European capital, by designing, planning and implementing a wide range of projects throughout its metropolitan area. ADDMA plays a pivotal role in [...]

23 01, 2021

Utah Office of Tourism Joins GSTC

2021-01-23T12:24:58+08:00January 23rd, 2021|Tags: , |

The Utah Office of Tourism has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a destination member. The mission of the Utah Office of Tourism is “to elevate life in Utah through responsible tourism stewardship.” The Utah Office of Tourism’s key areas of focus include marketing and advertising, research, publications, information services, media relations, [...]

15 01, 2021

GSTC Destination Criteria v2 – Now Available in Korean

2021-01-19T13:09:55+08:00January 15th, 2021|

The GSTC Destination Criteria v2 has been translated to Korean and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. GSTC 관광지 기준 v2.0 의 한국어 번역본이 나왔습니다. Criteria Translations section 에서 다운로드 받으십시오.

5 01, 2021

GSTC Destination Criteria v2 – Now Available in Vietnamese

2021-01-21T17:39:55+08:00January 5th, 2021|

The GSTC Destination Criteria v2 has been translated into Vietnamese and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section.Tiêu Các Tiêu chí về Điểm đến của GSTC, Phiên bản 2.0, đã được dịch sang tiếng Việt và có thể tải về từ mục Criteria Translations.

17 12, 2020

GSTC 2020 Online Members Meeting Brought Together 280 Members

2020-12-25T11:52:19+08:00December 17th, 2020|

GSTC 2020 Members Online Meeting The GSTC 2020 Online Members Meeting that took place on December 8th and 10th, brought together a total of 280 participants from 56 countries in the two meetings. Every year, GSTC holds a professional conference focusing on sustainable tourism, standards, certifications, and the GSTC Criteria. The themes are different [...]

16 12, 2020

Sustainable Tourism for Destinations: Insights from the GSTC Destination Criteria 2.0 for Sustainable Tourism (Part 4 of 4)

2020-12-22T14:00:04+08:00December 16th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Introduction Sustainable Tourism is a set of complex activities. The complexity comes from many different individuals working towards the corresponding goal. Despite the complexity, the benefits of sustainable tourism in destination communities outway the challenges. As communities grapple with the positive and negative effects of tourism, guidance on how to implement sustainable tourism has [...]

16 12, 2020

Sustainable Tourism for Destinations: Insights from the GSTC Destination Criteria 2.0 for Sustainable Tourism (Part 3 of 4)

2020-12-22T13:59:58+08:00December 16th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Introduction Sustainable Tourism is a set of complex activities. The complexity comes from many different individuals working towards the corresponding goal. Despite the complexity, the benefits of sustainable tourism in destination communities outway the challenges. As communities grapple with the positive and negative effects of tourism, guidance on how to implement sustainable tourism has [...]

16 12, 2020

Sustainable Tourism for Destinations: Insights from the GSTC Destination Criteria 2.0 for Sustainable Tourism (Part 2 of 4)

2020-12-22T13:59:50+08:00December 16th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Introduction Sustainable Tourism is a set of complex activities. The complexity comes from many different individuals working towards the corresponding goal. Despite the complexity, the benefits of sustainable tourism in destination communities out way the challenges. As communities grapple with the positive and negative effects of tourism, guidance on how to implement sustainable tourism [...]

16 12, 2020

Sustainable Tourism for Destinations: Insights from the GSTC Destination Criteria 2.0 for Sustainable Tourism (Part 1 of 4)

2020-12-22T13:59:45+08:00December 16th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Introduction Sustainable Tourism is a set of complex activities. The complexity comes from the fact that there are many different individuals working towards the same goal. It is also complicated as there are several activities that must be undertaken at the same time for things to run smoothly. Despite the complexity, the benefits of [...]

4 12, 2020

GSTC Training Short Course for Swisscontact Indonesia

2020-12-09T17:36:11+08:00December 4th, 2020|

GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training for Swisscontact Indonesia The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) delivered a custom short online course on December 1st and 2nd, 2020, for Swisscontact Indonesia. The short training course was attended by 20 Swisscontact officers representing the following projects by the Swiss-Indonesian Development Cooperation: Sustainable Tourism Destination Development (SusTour), which [...]

23 11, 2020

Valsugana Tourism Board Joins GSTC

2020-11-25T19:23:22+08:00November 23rd, 2020|Tags: , |

APT Valsugana Tourism Board has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a destination member. Valsugana is located in northeastern Italy, with 62,000 inhabitants in 24 municipalities. After 15 years of planning, designing, implementing and monitoring the tourism activity in their area, Valsugana Tourism Board realized it was the right time to start opening [...]

15 11, 2020

Booking.com’s Sustainability Handbook

2021-01-15T18:29:26+08:00November 15th, 2020|Tags: |

Booking.com's 2020 survey found that demand for sustainable accommodation is growing year on year: 82% of global travellers identified sustainable travel as important to them; 70% say they’re more likely to book accommodation if they know it’s eco-friendly. Therefore, Booking.com launched a new sustainability handbook for its partners. The handbook includes information on setting [...]

12 11, 2020

One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme 2019 Annual Magazine

2021-02-02T00:46:01+08:00November 12th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Using Standards to Scale Sustainability in Tourism There are countless standards and certification schemes for sustainable tourism in the world. This provides opportunities, but can also create confusion. For this reason, UNEP and UNWTO joined forces with industry leaders and the conservation community. Together, they created the GSTC as a Council and the GSTC [...]

11 11, 2020

MSC Cruises Calls Shore Excursion Tour Operators to Become Certified to the GSTC Criteria

2021-01-07T17:36:07+08:00November 11th, 2020|Tags: |

In their 2019 Sustainability Report 2019, MSC Cruises aims for all shore excursion tour operators at their frequent destinations to be certified to the GSTC Criteria as part of the PROTECTOURS Program: “In 2019, approximately 10% of our excursions were with tour operators certified to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council - GSTC standards. The GSTC [...]

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