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1 06, 2020

Timeline To Certification: Jackson Hole/Teton County Receive Earthcheck Silver Sustainable Destination Certification

2021-04-09T07:15:11+08:00June 1st, 2020|Tags: , , |

By Tim O’Donoghue, Riverwind Foundation 2012: Jackson Hole is a Sustainable Destination Standards Early Adopter In 2012, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council selected Jackson Hole as one of the first Early Adopters of Sustainable Destination Standards. The GSTC’s concluding remarks were that “Teton County more than any other place in the world has the [...]

5 04, 2019

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

2021-01-15T12:02:58+08:00April 5th, 2019|Tags: , |

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 [...]

28 08, 2018

St. Kitts’ Sustainable Destination Council (SDC) Joins GSTC

2020-07-31T13:55:14+08:00August 28th, 2018|

St. Kitts' Sustainable Destination Council (SDC), has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a destination member. The Sustainable Destination Council (SDC) serves as an advisory council for the Ministry of Tourism, with the aim to increase opportunities for locals and tourists to act as destination stewards, and has the influence over the [...]

25 05, 2018

NCE Tourism – Fjord Norway Region Joins GSTC

2018-05-25T11:59:53+08:00May 25th, 2018|

NCE Tourism - Fjord Norway Region Joins GSTC May 2018 - NCE Tourism – Fjord Norway in Western Norway, has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a destination member. NCE Tourism – Fjord Norway is a tourism cluster with a focus on adventure travel. The cluster unites adventure companies (tour operators, destinations, transportation [...]

29 09, 2017

GSTC Destination Assessment of Lago Llanquihue, Chile

2020-08-04T13:51:39+08:00September 29th, 2017|

September 2017 - GSTC conducted a Destination Assessment of Lago Llanquihue, Chile - comprising the four municipalities of Puerto Varas, Fruitillar, Llanquihue, and Puerto Octay, on the banks of Lake Llanquihue in Northern Patagonia. This assessment served as a follow-up to the earlier GSTC assessment of Lago Llanquihue as part of GSTC's Early Adopter [...]

21 03, 2017

GSTC Member and Early Adopter, Jackson Hole, Selected as Finalist for National Geographic World Legacy Award

2020-07-31T12:22:13+08:00March 21st, 2017|

March 2017 - GSTC Member and GSTC Criteria Early Adopter, Riverwind Foundation's Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program, is one of three finalists for the Destination Leadership category of the 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Awards. The awards were presented at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, on March 8, 2017. [...]

19 06, 2015

Innovation Norway Advances Sustainable Tourism Through Collaboration

2017-06-29T14:56:46+08:00June 19th, 2015|

(June 18, 2015) Innovation Norway continues to champion sustainable tourism with their recent launch of the country’s Sustainable destination standard. Since May, four destinations in Norway have achieved the new label and one has received the prestigious World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Award for Destination Stewardship. Innovation Norway has successfully advanced [...]

21 10, 2014

Early Adopter St. Kitts Recognized by CTO as 2014 Destination Steward

2020-07-31T12:22:04+08:00October 21st, 2014|

Washington, D.C. (October 21, 2014) GSTC Early Adopter St. Kitts is the 2014 recipient of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (“CTO”) / TravelMole Sustainable Tourism Award for Destination Stewardship. St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism Permanent Secretary Patricia Martin and Assistant Permanent Secretary Diannille Taylor-Williams accepted the award on behalf of St. [...]

10 09, 2014

Early Adopter Destination St. Kitts and Nevis, Revisited

2017-07-29T10:53:10+08:00September 10th, 2014|

St. Kitts and Nevis, located in the northern Leeward Islands in the West Indies, was one of the first destinations in the world to be selected as a GSTC Early Adopter, and the first in the Caribbean. St. Kitts still retains “hidden gem” status, not being a mass-market Caribbean destination. However, development on St. Kitts [...]

10 08, 2014

Early Adopter Destination Sierra Gorda, Revisited

2017-06-26T08:25:03+08:00August 10th, 2014|

Flyer for Sierra Gorda’s Carbon Offset Program The GSTC Early Adopter destination Sierra Gorda is a biosphere reserve covering one-third of the state of Querétaro, in north-central México. The Sierra Gorda Reserve is of the most biodiversity-rich protected areas in México, and is a member of UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere program. Sierra Gorda [...]

24 07, 2014

GSTC Early Adopters, Revisited

2017-06-26T08:25:03+08:00July 24th, 2014|

Photo Credit: Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) conducted its Early Adopter program from 2012 through early    2014. During the program, a diverse group of fourteen forward-thinking destinations worldwide pilot tested the  Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations. Each Early Adopter underwent a baseline destination sustainability assessment applying [...]

24 07, 2014

Riviera Maya Completes “Early Adopter” Assessment of Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations

2020-06-08T18:46:52+08:00July 24th, 2014|

Mexican coastline destination adopts criteria and indicators for sustainable tourism  WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 1st, 2014) – One of Mexico’s iconic tourism destinations, the Riviera Maya in the State of Quintana  Roo, has become the first destination on the Mexican Caribbean coast to complete the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s  (GSTC) Early Adopter Program. “At the [...]

19 07, 2014

Global Sustainable Tourism Council Early Adopters, Revisited

2020-09-05T20:38:09+08:00July 19th, 2014|

 WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 21, 2014) – The Global Sustainable Tourism  Council (GSTC) conducted its  Early Adopter program from 2012 through  early 2014. During the program, a diverse group of fourteen forward-  thinking destinations worldwide pilot tested the Global Sustainable  Tourism Criteria for Destinations. Each Early Adopter underwent a baseline destination sustainability assessment applying the Criteria, [...]

28 03, 2014

Samoa, Pacific Islands

2020-09-05T20:38:09+08:00March 28th, 2014|

Since the late 1990s, Samoa has held a pivotal leadership role in Sustainable Tourism practices and the Early Adopter Program provided the destination with an opportunity to benchmark its performance in the international context. The Independent State of Samoa is made up of 10 islands in the Polynesia, covering a total area of 2,831 square-kilometers. Remarkably beautiful, [...]

28 03, 2014

Samoa Completes “Early Adopter” Assessment Applying Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations

2020-06-08T18:46:19+08:00March 28th, 2014|

First destination in the South Pacific Region to adopt criteria and indicators for sustainable tourism  WASHINGTON, D.C. (March, 2014) – Samoa is the first South Pacific destination to complete the Global  Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) Early Adopter Program and the second destination in the world to  do so at the national level. Since the [...]

25 03, 2014

Samoa Completes “Early Adopter” Assessment of Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations

2020-09-05T20:38:09+08:00March 25th, 2014|

First destination in the South Pacific Region to adopt criteria and indicators for sustainable tourism  WASHINGTON, D.C. (March, 2014)– Samoa is the first South Pacific  destination to complete the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC)  Early AdopterProgram and the second destination in the world to do so at  the national level. Since the late 1990s, Samoa [...]

11 03, 2014

Sierra Gorda Completes “Early Adopter” Assessment Applying Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations

2020-09-17T16:25:40+08:00March 11th, 2014|Tags: , |

Mexican biosphere reserve Sierra Gorda adopts baseline criteria and indicators for sustainable tourism March 11, 2013 – Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in  Mexico is the first Central American destination to complete the Global  Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) GSTC Early Adopters Program to test its new Criteria and Indicators for Destinations, under the scope of the [...]

5 12, 2013

Early-Adopter Spotlight: Lake Llanquihue in Chile Completes “Early Adopter” Assessment of Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations

2020-08-04T13:46:57+08:00December 5th, 2013|

 The Chilean destination of Lake Llanquihue has completed the Global Sustainable  Tourism Council’s (GSTC) Early Adopters pilot program to test its new Criteria and  Indicators for Destinations.  The destination joins the Cusco-Sacred Valley-Machu  Picchu corridor in Peru as the first South American destinations to participate in and  complete the GSTC Early Adoptersprogram. The Early Adopters program [...]

16 11, 2013

Early-Adopter Spotlight: Cusco Region of Peru Completes “Early Adopter” Assessment of Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations

2017-06-26T08:25:04+08:00November 16th, 2013|Tags: , , , , |

 The Destination Cusco-Sacred Valley-Machu Picchu Peru,, known locally as the Cusco region and  globally for the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Cusco World Heritage Sites, has completed  the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) Early  Adopters pilot program to test its new Criteria  and Indicators for Destinations. The Cusco region is one of Peru’s most visited [...]

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