Latest GSTC News and Updates

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. [...]

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 [...]

8 03, 2021

European Travel Commission’s new Handbook Recommends GSTC

2021-04-13T15:29:15+08:00March 8th, 2021|Tags: , , |

European Travel Commission's new handbook 'Sustainable Tourism Implementation: Framework and Toolkit'European Travel Commission (ETC), representing 32 national tourism organisations in Europe, has published a new handbook ‘Sustainable Tourism Implementation: Framework and Toolkit’ – an ultimate roadmap for European destinations on how to tackle every step on a journey towards sustainable transformation.This handbook is for European [...]

25 02, 2021

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

2021-03-09T00:23:34+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 [...]

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