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 [...]
Sustainable First, the recently launched platform to champion sustainable tourism initiatives, has signed a strategic agreement with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). This partnership will give the GSTC the opportunity to continue to foster sustainable tourism practices around the world promoting the increased knowledge, understanding and adoption of its sustainable tourism principles and [...]
Timeline To Certification: Jackson Hole/Teton County Receive Earthcheck Silver Sustainable Destination Certification
By Tim O’Donoghue, Riverwind Foundation 2012: Jackson Hole is a Sustainable Destination Standards Early Adopter In 2012, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council selected Jackson Hole as one of the first Early Adopters of Sustainable Destination Standards. The GSTC’s concluding remarks were that “Teton County more than any other place in the world has the [...]
This year’s ATDI report is published with a companion report ‘GSTC Global Destination Sustainability Report,’ which is designed to more deeply explore the sustainability dimension of adventure tourism competitiveness worldwide. This report is a product of a partnership with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The companion report analyzes 24 destinations that have applied the [...]
Under GSTC’s auspices, a national survey based on the GSTC Destination Criteria (GSTC-D) was conducted by Japan Tourism Agency among Japan’s local governments, to assess the degree of understanding on sustainability issues, and the current activities in developing sustainable destinations. The survey also aimed to help the development of "Japan Sustainable Tourism Standard for [...]
Facing the need to grow sustainability as the long-term competitive advantage of rural areas – and in fact, of any type of tourism destinations and businesses - the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG RRD) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), within the jointly implemented regional project Support to Economic Diversification [...]
The GSTC Destination Criteria v2.0 has been translated into Russian and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. «Критерии для дестинаций GSTC v2.0» переведены на русский язык и доступны для скачивания в разделе «Переводы Критериев».
The GSTC Industry Criteria has been translated into Turkish and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. GSTC Endüstri Kriterleri, Türkçe'ye çevrilmiştir ve Kriterlerin Tercümeleri bölümünden indirilebilir.
The GSTC Destination Criteria v2.0 has been translated into Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. Kriteria Destinasi GSTC v2.0 telah diterjemahkan ke dalam Bahasa Indonesia dan tersedia untuk diunduh pada bagian Terjemahan Kriteria.
“The coronavirus crisis definitely gives Southeast Asia a chance, but will governments and businesses take it?” GSTC General Manager Roi Ariel questioned. But Ariel is seeing a glimmer of hope among destination marketing organizations, which, unlike the private sector, are less threatened by dwindling cashflow amid the coronavirus crunch and are more likely able to [...]
A big part of resetting the tourism industry, says Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, is the improvement of public policy and destination management, beginning with the capacity of governments to guide tourism development. “There needs to be a dramatic shift from spending mostly or entirely on promotion to significant spending [...]
"Going green has become a point of industry pride. Hotels not only covet Global Sustainable Tourism Council and LEED certifications; they’re also establishing important sustainable initiatives themselves. Sustainability as an ideal is almost fully mainstream these days; even Prince Harry launched his own sustainable travel initiative, Travalyst, at the end of 2019." Read the full [...]
Bureau Veritas Certification to Certify Hotels & Tour Operators after Achieving GSTC-Accredited Status
Bureau Veritas Certification to Certify Hotels & Tour Operators after Achieving GSTC-Accredited Status April 2020 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Bureau Veritas Certification Hong Kong has achieved the ‘GSTC-Accredited’ status for certifying hotels and tour operators. Achieving the GSTC-Accredited status means that a certification program is following [...]
The GSTC Destination Criteria v2.0 has been translated into Turkish and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. GSTC Destinasyon Kriterleri v2.0, Türkçe'ye çevrilmiştir ve Kriterlerin Tercümeleri bölümünden indirilebilir.
"A new world order for travel lies ahead. How quickly travelers adapt, and more importantly how quickly travel companies adapt to the changing behaviors, will be key." Randy Durband, GSTC CEO, writes on Skift. Read the full article: What Travel Companies Will Need to Know About Consumer Mindset Post-Crisis by Randy Durband on Skift [...]
Greek Ministry of Tourism Joins GSTC On March 9th, a Cooperation Agreement has been signed between the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the Global Council of Sustainable Tourism (GSTC), signifying the Ministry's intention to harmonize the Greek tourism industry with international standards for sustainable tourism development. [GMT press release in Greek] Through this cooperation, [...]
The GSTC Destination Criteria v2.0 has been translated into Italian and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. I Criteri per le destinazioni del GSTC Versione 2.0 sono stati tradotti in italiano e sono disponibili per il download nella Sezione Criteria Translations.
Dear GSTC followers, We hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and well during this extremely difficult time. You’re probably overwhelmed by distressing information on COVID19 and your personal and professional lives are likely feeling “upside down.” We appreciate a moment of your time to read a few of GSTC’s perspectives. [...]
"Start Your Destination’s Tourism Recovery Plan. Don’t wait." "Wise planning requires enlightened, collaborative destination stewardship. Now would be a time for each destination to convene – remotely, if not yet in person – a broad-based council to do that. Destinations should use the GSTC Destination Criterion A1 as a basic minimum." That criterion states in [...]
The GSTC has signed up to Tourism Declares, an initiative that supports tourism businesses, organisations and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and taking purposeful action to reduce their carbon emissions as per the advice from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by [...]