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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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

24 04, 2019

Condé Nast Traveler Recommends GSTC

2019-05-02T09:08:02+08:00April 24th, 2019|

Condé Nast Traveler Recommends GSTC “Aside from air travel, properties have some of the greatest impacts in terms of energy use and food." Check a hotel’s website for a "Responsible Travel," "Environment," or "Good Stewards" section—if they’ve spent time, energy, and money to be low-impact, they’ll likely have this information displayed - says Jim Sano, WWF​'s [...]

19 04, 2019

The Toll of Tourism: Can Southeast Asia Save Its Prized Natural Areas?

2019-04-21T14:37:59+08:00April 19th, 2019|

The Toll of Tourism: Can Southeast Asia Save Its Prized Natural Areas? From Thailand to Bali, a huge increase in tourists, many from China and other rapidly developing economies, is straining sensitive ecosystems to the breaking point. Some countries are trying to control the boom, with a few closing popular destinations to allow damaged [...]

16 04, 2019

Travel with Care in Thailand

2019-04-25T10:51:34+08:00April 16th, 2019|

Travel with Care in Thailand Thailand's Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat acknowledged that sustainable tourism looks beyond economic benefits: "Thailand, which witnessed 38 million tourist arrivals last year and tourism revenue approaching 20% of GDP, has provided us with a more challenging job." The tasks, he said, are to ensure fair distribution of [...]

12 04, 2019

The Mongolian Ministry of Environment and Tourism Joins GSTC

2019-04-21T10:51:50+08:00April 12th, 2019|

H.E. Mr. Tserenbat Namsrai, Minister of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia, and Mr. Randy Durband, CEO, GSTC As the central government body who is in charge of tourism development policy and coordination in the country, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism devotes itself to implement effective and credible sustainable tourism policies in [...]

5 04, 2019

GSTC Member St. Kitts’ Sustainable Destination Council (SDC) Wins WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Stewardship Award 2019

2019-05-04T12:29:57+08:00April 5th, 2019|

GSTC Member St. Kitts’ Sustainable Destination Council (SDC) Wins WTTC 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in the Destination Stewardship category Once Again, GSTC Member Wins WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Stewardship Award 2019: St. Kitts’ Sustainable Destination Council (SDC) WTTC has announced the 2019 leaders in sustainable tourism at the 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow [...]

5 04, 2019

HuffPost UK Recommends GSTC

2019-04-21T12:37:21+08:00April 5th, 2019|

HuffPost UK Recommends GSTC Book sustainable hotels and excursions #5 Look sustainable hotels and excursions: "Add sustainable accreditation to your criteria when checking out places to stay. According to Michael Gold, editor of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Sustainable Tourism Index, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is one to look out for." Read the full article: 7 Ways To [...]

2 04, 2019

GSTC Chair, Luigi Cabrini, comments on tourism in Brazil

2019-04-09T07:20:26+08:00April 2nd, 2019|

GSTC Chair, Luigi Cabrini, comments on tourism in Brazil in two articles published on G1 (Rede Globo): Carros ameaçam dunas em Jericoacoara; veja problemas do turismo em 4 parques nacionais (30 March 2019) 'Efeito manada' nas redes sociais e 'economia disruptiva' podem estimular turismo predatório (1 April 2019) by Patrícia Figueiredo  

1 04, 2019

“GSTC has well-developed animal welfare activities” says a new academic journal article

2019-04-09T09:50:30+08:00April 1st, 2019|

Trade associations as corporate social responsibility actors: an institutional theory analysis of animal welfare in tourism Abstract In this article we argue that most travel trade associations ignore their responsibility towards sustainable development broadly and animal welfare in particular. We analyse the development and implementation of animal welfare standards across 62 national and international [...]

26 03, 2019

The Sustainable Travelogue: Conversations from the GSTC 2019 Asia-Pacific Conference

2019-04-09T07:20:28+08:00March 26th, 2019|

The Sustainable Travelogue help to understand what sustainable tourism is, and why it matters. Join world traveler and tourism professional Kathy Eow as she talks with industry leaders and unsung trailblazers from around the world about their work helping us travel better, forever. Season one kicks off with conversations from The Global Sustainable Tourism [...]

11 03, 2019

“Quality Through Creativity” Led the 2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Sustainable Tourism Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand

2019-05-24T10:56:08+08:00March 11th, 2019|

"Quality through Creativity" Led the 2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Sustainable Tourism Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand The 2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Sustainable Tourism Conference "Quality through Creativity" took place from Febraury 27th to March 2nd in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Organized by Thailand’s Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) and the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference (GSTC), the [...]

10 03, 2019

GSTC, The Code and ECPAT International join forces to end the sexual exploitation of children by in travel and tourism

2019-03-15T14:44:02+08:00March 10th, 2019|

At ITB travel trade show in Berlin, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) signed a ‘memorandum of understanding’ with The Code and ECPAT International to work together to expand standards for the protection of children and to take other measures to end this crime. “Sustainable tourism is on the rise, consumer demand is growing for [...]

8 03, 2019

Gender Equality on GSTC Board of Directors – According to Equality in Tourism International

2019-04-09T07:20:28+08:00March 8th, 2019|

According to the 'Sun, Sand, and Ceilings: Women in Tourism and Hospitality Boardrooms - 2018 Report' by Equality in Tourism International, the overall representations of women on travel and tourism companies/organizations boards has increased from 15% in 2013 to 23%. However, the representation of women on the GSTC Board of Directors is 50%. "Men are seen [...]

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