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5 07, 2019

GSTC in Taiwan: Global Sustainable Tourism Practical Workshop in Sun Moon Lake

2019-07-31T13:54:05+08:00July 5th, 2019|

On June 18-19, GSTC Member Taiwan Tourism Bureau (Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration Taiwan) and GSTC Member Sustainable Travel Taiwan (STT) hosted the first “Global Sustainable Tourism Practical Workshop” in Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan. The aim of the Workshop was to help DMOs, tour operators and hotels of the area to learn how [...]

1 07, 2019

Sustainable Sedona Tourism

2019-07-30T12:26:33+08:00July 1st, 2019|

Jennifer Wesselhoff, President and CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, speaks about Sedona, Arizona's new sustainable tourism plan following their 2016 GSTC Destination Assessment. Sedona is applying the GSTC Criteria for Destinations, applying key tactics to keep their resident and visitor experience top-notch while the population *doubles* daily from tourism--a $1B business for Sedona. [...]

30 06, 2019

Sustainable Hospitality: Eco-Friendly Industry Trends and Tips for Hotels by Trivago

2019-07-30T11:05:11+08:00June 30th, 2019|

What does it take to be recognized as an eco-friendly property? [...] the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the body that manages the global standards for sustainable travel and tourism, created The GSTC Industry Criteria and Suggested Indicators for Hotels in an effort to “come to a common understanding of sustainable tourism.” The idea is to [...]

27 06, 2019

Vireo Srl is now GSTC-Accredited for Certifying Destinations

2019-06-29T20:34:12+08:00June 27th, 2019|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Vireo Srl has achieved the ‘GSTC-Accredited’ status for certifying destinations.  Achieving the GSTC-Accredited status for certifying destinations means that a certification program is following processes and procedures that have been reviewed and approved by the GSTC Accreditation Panel in order to provide an [...]

25 06, 2019

GSTC in “Tools for Sustainable Tourism” by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth

2019-06-28T12:26:57+08:00June 25th, 2019|

The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth identifies the GSTC Criteria as the key Tool for Sustainable Tourism The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth has published a report under the title "Tools for Sustainable Tourism” (Verktyg för hållbar turism), referring to the GSTC Criteria and GSTC-Recognized Standards. A short summary in English [...]

20 06, 2019

9.2 million TUI customers stayed in hotels certified to a GSTC-Recognized standard (81% of TUI’s Hotels)

2019-07-03T17:40:09+08:00June 20th, 2019|

TUI 2018 Sustainability Report: 9.2 million customers stayed in sustainable hotels certified to a GSTC-Recognized standard (81% of the hotels owned by TUI Group) TUI Group has just released its 2018 Sustainability Report with the progress on their goal to increase the number of hotels with sustainability certifications to accommodate 10 million customers a year [...]

16 06, 2019

GSTC Destination Criteria Revision: 2nd round of public consultation

2019-06-18T16:22:33+08:00June 16th, 2019|

We are currently revising the GSTC Destination Criteria (GSTC-D). Earlier this year we held a public consultation asking for comments on the existing criteria and inviting recommendations for improvements and additions. We are most grateful to everyone for their contribution. Based on the consultation we have proposed revised GSTC-D criteria, accessible here. From mid-June, [...]

5 06, 2019

Balancing Tourism and Sustainability across Asia

2019-06-27T13:12:08+08:00June 5th, 2019|

“Closing beaches that have been overused wouldn’t need to happen today if yesterday there had been proper planning and execution of sustainable policies, plus enforcement of existing laws relating to waste management,” says Randy Durband, GSTC CEO. “The good news is that there is positive movement. The bad news is that much needs to be [...]

31 05, 2019

CNBC Writes About the GSTC Destination Criteria

2019-07-31T11:42:32+08:00May 31st, 2019|

"In order for a destination to be certified as sustainable, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council outlines a list of criteria. It ranges from supporting local businesses, to conserving natural resources, and encouraging visitors to participate in the community." Separately, places like Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park in Montana are following a similar [...]

31 05, 2019

Arival: Are Sustainability Certifications Worth It?

2019-05-31T10:16:35+08:00May 31st, 2019|

Arival Looks into the question: "Are Sustainability Certifications Worth It?"   There is a clear business opportunity for tour operators to please travelers who care about sustainability a little—and to earn new customers from the passionate travelers who care about sustainability a lot. Certifications can help prove your company’s sustainable practices, and offer assurance to [...]

28 05, 2019

GSTC Industry Criteria – Now Available in Swedish

2019-07-04T18:17:37+08:00May 28th, 2019|

The GSTC Destination Criteria has been translated into Swedish and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. GSTCs Destinationskriterier har översatts till svenska och finns att ladda ner i avdelningen för kriterieöversättningar.

26 05, 2019

The Mauritian Standard on Sustainable Tourism is Now a GSTC-Recognized Standard

2019-05-28T00:05:20+08:00May 26th, 2019|

The Mauritian Standard on Sustainable Tourism is Now a GSTC-Recognized Standard The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Mauritian Standard on Sustainable Tourism has achieved the ‘GSTC-Recognized Standard’ status. The Mauritian Standard on Sustainable Tourism (MS 165:2019) was developed to guide the sustainable development of the tourism industry in [...]

24 05, 2019

GSTC Training Program Announces New Partner, mascontour

2019-05-24T21:22:46+08:00May 24th, 2019|

GSTC Training Partner: mascontour Sustainable Tourism Consulting & Communication The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announces a new partnership with mascontour, a leading global sustainable tourism consultancy based in Berlin, Germany. GSTC will work with mascontour's team of expert sustainable tourism consultants to deliver training and skills development opportunities for tourism industry professionals. One [...]

22 05, 2019

Tips from Airbnb Tourism Advisory Board

2019-05-22T11:40:33+08:00May 22nd, 2019|

How to Support Healthy Tourism When You Travel: Tips from Airbnb Tourism Advisory Board Professor the Hon. Bob Carr, the former Foreign Affairs Minister for Australia and former Premier of New South Wales: "Beyond the advice of our Tourism Advisory Board, there are many other resources you can tap for learning how to be a [...]

20 05, 2019

PATA BUFFET – State of the Industry Report

2019-05-31T09:16:18+08:00May 20th, 2019|

PATA BUFFET (Building an Understanding For Food Excess in Tourism) State of the Industry Report Every year around the globe, 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted. That is one-third of all food produced for human consumption (FAO, 2019). There is a huge opportunity for the tourism and hospitality industry in the Asia [...]

9 05, 2019

On the Road to Sustainable Tourism in Västerbotten, Sweden

2019-08-06T20:06:14+08:00May 9th, 2019|

GSTC Member "Region Västerbotten" in Northern Sweden, has identified GSTC and its Criteria as a means to help create sustainable tourism in businesses and DMOs. Region Västerbotten is responsible for regional development and growth in Västerbotten County. This is the story of they have applied the GSTC Criteria in their region: Step 1: Regional [...]

8 05, 2019

Sustainability Heroes in Västerbotten

2019-08-06T20:06:27+08:00May 8th, 2019|

Region Västerbotten in Northern Sweden has completed a three-year project of introducing sustainable thinking and acting among industry and public stakeholders with the GSTC Criteria as guidelines. About 60 tourism businesses were assessed with GSTC Industry Criteria and given sustainable tourism action plans. Participants ranged from small family outdoors businesses to city hotels, museums [...]

3 05, 2019

APEC: Recognising Sustainability in Tourism

2019-05-03T11:17:35+08:00May 3rd, 2019|

APEC Addresses Greenwashing in Tourism and refers to the importance of GSTC in a new Policy Report Demand for sustainable tourism has been on the rise, and with it came exaggerated sustainability claims – also known as “greenwashing”. This policy brief addresses the issue by examining the use of environmental certifications to address greenwashing and [...]

25 04, 2019

Global Travelers prefer eco-friendly accommodation: Booking.com Sustainable Travel Report 2019

2019-05-02T09:08:31+08:00April 25th, 2019|

Global Travelers prefer eco-friendly accommodation: Booking.com Sustainable Travel Report 2019 70% of global travelers say they would be more likely to book an accommodation knowing it was eco-friendly, whether they were looking for a sustainable stay or not. However, when it comes to recognizing a sustainable place to stay, almost three quarters (72%) of [...]

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