Latest GSTC News and Updates

20 07, 2021

Estonia Joins GSTC

2021-07-21T17:40:39+08:00July 20th, 2021|Tags: |

Visit Estonia - Old Town & Toompea panorama in Tallinn by Danel Rinaldo Visit Estonia (Estonian Tourist Board) has joined as a Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) “Visit Estonia - it’s about time!” From its long summer nights and surprising fifth season to its centuries-old charm fostering tomorrow’s tech [...]

16 07, 2021

Destination Stewardship Report – Summer 2021 (Volume 2, Issue 1)

2021-08-01T01:01:35+08:00July 16th, 2021|

Destination Stewardship Report Summer 2021 July-September (Volume 2, Issue 1) The Destination Stewardship Report is an e-quarterly collaboration between the Destination Stewardship Center and Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Our goal is to provide practical information and insights useful to anyone whose work or interests involve improving destination stewardship in a post-pandemic world.  Please subscribe HERE if you have [...]

5 07, 2021

Agoda’s Sustainable Travel Trends Survey 2021

2021-07-20T07:29:51+08:00July 5th, 2021|Tags: |

Agoda Sustainable Travel Trends Survey Reveals Traveler's Top Concerns About Tourism’s Impact, and Measures to Make Travel More Sustainable • 26% of global travelers consider Governments most accountable for making positive environmental changes around travel, followed by tourism authorities (23%) and individuals themselves (20%) • Top pledges to travel more responsibly were #1 manage waste, including using [...]

2 07, 2021

GSTC Accreditation Manual v2.5 Informative Session Recording

2021-07-20T14:36:14+08:00July 2nd, 2021|Tags: |

At the end of April 2021, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announced the publication of its revised GSTC Accreditation Manual version 2.5. The transition period to the GSTC Accreditation Manual v2.5 runs for 1-year starting from the effective date (May 15th 2021). The Manual covers both the requirements of and accreditation processes. For Certification [...]

1 07, 2021

Agoda’s Sustainability Handbook

2021-07-19T06:53:50+08:00July 1st, 2021|Tags: |

Travel helps us discover our world. It gives us new experiences and connects us with other cultures. It reunites us with familiar faces, forges new friendships and teaches us about ourselves. But it can have consequences, from pollution and the destruction of natural habitats to overcrowding and strain on local infrastructure. As a result, [...]

29 06, 2021

First GSTC Sustainable Business Travel Course Concluded

2021-06-29T22:06:29+08:00June 29th, 2021|Tags: |

The First GSTC Sustainable Business Travel Course Successfully Concluded in June 2021 June 2021 - The first GSTC Sustainable Business Travel Course was conducted during May 6 - June 4, 2021, and successfully concluded after four inspiring weeks of talks, lessons, discussions, ideas, examples and tips on effective management of sustainable business travel. The 4-week [...]

28 06, 2021

Corfu Joins GSTC

2021-06-28T22:15:20+08:00June 28th, 2021|Tags: , |

The Municipality of Central Corfu and Diapontia Islands has joined as a Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) The Municipality of Central Corfu and Diapontia Islands is a municipality of the Region of the Ionian Islands and was established in 2019. This includes the central (metropolitan) municipality of Corfu and three Diapontian Islands [...]

15 06, 2021

GSTC Sustainable Hotel Course Facilitates Knowledge Sharing and Networking

2021-07-20T17:18:35+08:00June 15th, 2021|Tags: |

Sustainability Best Practices for Hotels Launched in May 2021, the GSTC Sustainable Hotel Course is designed for hospitality and accommodation professionals, and provides practical insights into sustainability practices for hotels. Delivered as a 2-week-long facilitated and interactive online course, the GSTC Sustainable Hotels Course features expert presentations, useful resources, and real-life industry examples and [...]

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

2021-07-07T21:39:11+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

2021-07-20T14:34:25+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 [...]

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