Latest GSTC News and Updates

22 09, 2023

Successful Completion of GSTC Training in Kyrgyzstan

2023-09-22T15:44:21+08:00September 22nd, 2023|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) recently held a training event in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, from the 4th to the 6th of September, 2023. The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training aimed to equip participants with the essential knowledge and tools to implement sustainable tourism principles in their operations. The trainer was Anula Galewska, a Sustainability Consultant [...]

20 09, 2023

Flight Centre Travel Group Joins GSTC

2023-09-20T16:28:56+08:00September 20th, 2023|

Flight Centre Travel Group has joined as a Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council - further cementing its commitment to environmental sustainability across its global business operations and signaling to its industry partners the necessity of lower carbon footprints. “Flight [...]

19 09, 2023

Destination Assessment in Port city Kotor

2023-09-19T17:58:17+08:00September 19th, 2023|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the municipality of Kotor and the port of Kotor in Montenegro will cooperate to conduct a destination assessment in the historic port city. Kotor is an important cruise port in the Adriatic region. The city of Kotor, set against a mountainous backdrop, is [...]

18 09, 2023

Mandai Wildlife Group Joins GSTC

2023-09-18T14:55:08+08:00September 18th, 2023|

Mandai Wildlife Group has joined as a Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Mandai Wildlife Group is the steward of the Mandai Wildlife Reserve, a wildlife and nature destination in northern Singapore. It is home to a variety of wildlife parks including Bird Paradise, Night Safari, River Wonders and Singapore Zoo, connecting [...]

14 09, 2023

GSTC at PHIST 6, 2023

2023-09-14T18:26:50+08:00September 14th, 2023|

The sixth annual Asian sustainability-focused learning event PHIST 2023 (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism) took place in a dynamic in-person setting on Monday, 4th September 2023, at the SAii Laguna Phuket, Thailand, with speakers from across Asia. PHIST6 is an ongoing event collaboration between the Phuket Hotels Association, Greenview and C9 Hotelworks, with [...]

13 09, 2023

Los Angeles Joins GSTC

2023-09-13T00:43:57+08:00September 13th, 2023|

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (Los Angeles Tourism)  has joined as a Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Tourism is one of the largest industries in L.A. County, generating important tax revenues for public services. A key economic development tool, which sparks investment in hospitality infrastructure and attractions, supports hundreds of [...]

5 09, 2023

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Joins GSTC

2023-09-05T17:49:02+08:00September 5th, 2023|

GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council) welcomes Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as a member to the Council. The GSTC is an independent and neutral organization that represents a diverse and global membership, including national and provincial governments, leading travel companies, hotels, tour operators, NGO’s, individuals and communities – all striving to achieve best practices [...]

1 09, 2023

Japan Airlines Joins GSTC

2023-09-01T07:42:23+08:00September 1st, 2023|

Japan Airlines Joins GSTC Japan Airlines (JAL) was established in 1951 as the first wholly Japanese commercial airline post-war and celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2021. It is a member of the oneworld Alliance and operates a number of businesses centered on international air transportation. Sustainability Commitment Japan Airlines is striving for net zero [...]

1 09, 2023

Updates on the GSTC MICE Criteria and Attraction Criteria Development

2023-09-07T22:38:43+08:00September 1st, 2023|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announced last April the development of new criteria sets, GSTC MICE Criteria and GSTC Attraction Criteria, with support from the Singapore Tourism Board STB.  The GSTC MICE Criteria (covering Venues, Event Organizers, and Events/Exhibitions) and GSTC Attraction Criteria, aim to serve as the global sustainability standards for both [...]

31 08, 2023


2023-08-31T16:56:35+08:00August 31st, 2023|

ITB Asia is being held at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, on the 25- 27 of October 2023. This annually held B2B trade show and convention for the travel industry, is organized by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau.  ITB Asia is co-located with MICE Show Asia [...]

31 08, 2023

The Art Of Responsible Tourism: Travelers Can Be A Force For Good

2023-08-31T08:45:28+08:00August 31st, 2023|

In the ashes of the pandemic, sustainable tourism has emerged as the next frontier of travel. A sea of change catalyzed by border restrictions saw hitherto overcrowded destinations rejuvenated by the absence of human traffic. People have taken notice and are keen to play their part—in essence, being responsible. A recent American Express Travel [...]

30 08, 2023

Qualmark Standard Gains GSTC-Recognized Status

2023-08-30T08:04:33+08:00August 30th, 2023|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council® (GSTC®) is pleased to announce that the Qualmark Sustainable Tourism Business Criteria (v1.2 July 2023) has gained GSTC-Recognized status, meaning it has been fully recognized as equivalent to the GSTC Industry Criteria.  Qualmark is the first GSTC-Recognized Standard developed in New Zealand that aims to help tourism businesses become [...]

29 08, 2023

WWF Responsible Travel Tips: Minimize your footprint and contribute to local communities

2023-09-05T17:05:00+08:00August 29th, 2023|

Every year, billions of people travel for family visits, vacation, and business, making travel and tourism one of the largest industries in the world. Representing a whopping 10% of the global economy, it supplies millions of jobs, benefits countless communities, and is the largest source of revenue that helps finance the world's 202,000 protected [...]

28 08, 2023

GSTC Announces the Results of its 2023 Board of Directors Election

2023-08-28T17:05:22+08:00August 28th, 2023|

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 Global Sustainable Tourism Council. The GSTC Election Committee has validated the votes and released the results of the 2023 election. Three board [...]

20 08, 2023

Successful Completion of GSTC Training in Moldova

2023-08-29T22:40:03+08:00August 20th, 2023|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) recently held a significant training event in Moldova from the 15th to the 17th of August, 2023. The National Inbound and Domestic Tourism Association of Moldova (ANTRIM) and Chemonics International organized the courses in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training aimed to equip participants with [...]

17 08, 2023

The Finance Minister of Vanuatu inaugurated the GSTC Training in Port Vila

2023-08-18T13:36:48+08:00August 17th, 2023|

The Finance Minister of Vanuatu, Mr. John Salong, inaugurated the two-day GSTC training on Sustainable Tourism, on the 7th of August 2023 in Port Vila, Vanuatu. From left to right: Jerry Spooner, Regenerative Vanua’s Executive Director, Vanuatu’s Finance Minister Mr. John Salong and GSTC’s Vice Chair CB Ramkumar. The training was organized [...]

17 08, 2023

Destination Stewardship Report – Summer 2023 (Volume 4, Issue 1)

2023-08-22T18:10:46+08:00August 17th, 2023|

Destination Stewardship Report Summer 2023 May-August (Volume 4, Issue 1) The Destination Stewardship Report is a collaboration between the Destination Stewardship Center, Center for Responsible Travel, 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. [...]

16 08, 2023

GSTC Communications Internship available

2023-08-16T19:58:54+08:00August 16th, 2023|

We are looking for an enthusiastic intern to join our Communications Team. They will be providing support to our Communications Manager with Social Media content and creation, design, translations, and video. Fluency in both Spanish and English is a must. The internship is available from September 2023, with a minimum duration of three months. [...]

14 08, 2023

Mauritius Standards Bureau (MSB) is now GSTC-Accredited

2023-08-14T18:32:00+08:00August 14th, 2023|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Mauritius Standards Bureau (MSB) has gained the GSTC-Accredited Certification Body status.  The Mauritius Standards Bureau (MSB), a non-profit parastatal body in the island of Mauritius, has embarked on a project to provide third-party certification to tourism businesses with the aim of boosting the [...]

Go to Top