GSTC in the media

30 04, 2020

New Calm Created by Coronavirus Offers Southeast Asia Chance to Redo Sustainable Tourism (Skift)

2020-05-31T17:31:46+08:00April 30th, 2020|

“The coronavirus crisis definitely gives Southeast Asia a chance, but will governments and businesses take it?” GSTC General Manager Roi Ariel questioned. But Ariel is seeing a glimmer of hope among destination marketing organizations, which, unlike the private sector, are less threatened by dwindling cashflow amid the coronavirus crunch and are more likely able to [...]

29 04, 2020

7 Ways Travel MUST Change After Coronavirus (Fodor’s Travel)

2020-05-31T17:32:37+08:00April 29th, 2020|

A big part of resetting the tourism industry, says Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, is the improvement of public policy and destination management, beginning with the capacity of governments to guide tourism development. “There needs to be a dramatic shift from spending mostly or entirely on promotion to significant spending [...]

23 04, 2020

How Travel Has Evolved in the 50 Years Since the First Earth Day (Condé Nast)

2020-05-31T17:31:22+08:00April 23rd, 2020|

"Going green has become a point of industry pride. Hotels not only covet Global Sustainable Tourism Council and LEED certifications; they’re also establishing important sustainable initiatives themselves. Sustainability as an ideal is almost fully mainstream these days; even Prince Harry launched his own sustainable travel initiative, Travalyst, at the end of 2019." Read the full [...]

27 03, 2020

Corona-crisis: A Destination Management Opportunity

2020-03-27T18:22:19+08:00March 27th, 2020|

"Start Your Destination’s Tourism Recovery Plan. Don’t wait." "Wise planning requires enlightened, collaborative destination stewardship. Now would be a time for each destination to convene – remotely, if not yet in person – a broad-based council to do that. Destinations should use the GSTC Destination Criterion A1 as a basic minimum." That criterion states in [...]

13 03, 2020

What Is the Real Definition of Sustainable Travel, Anyway? (TravelAge West)

2020-05-31T17:31:27+08:00March 13th, 2020|

"Fortunately, it’s not a new term, and there’s real criteria associated with being considered a sustainable travel outfit. Since 2008, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has been updating criteria that aim to “serve as the global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism.” " "I encourage everyone to visit www.gstcouncil.org to review [...]

10 03, 2020

Greening Your Travels – AAA Recommends the GSTC Framework

2020-04-07T13:47:54+08:00March 10th, 2020|

Greening Your Travels: Sustainable Tourism Strategies to Help you Travel More Responsibly 1. SELECT YOUR DESTINATION THOUGHTFULLY A growing number of destinations are working to encourage sustainable and responsible tourism. Among those leading the way is the Central European country of Slovenia. A whopping 31 of its cities and regions are among the 2019 [...]

21 02, 2020

Outside Magazine: Is Your ‘Eco-Lodge’ Really Eco-Friendly?

2020-02-24T16:16:28+08:00February 21st, 2020|

According to a 2019 report by Booking.com, 70 percent of global travelers would be more inclined to book eco-friendly accommodation. The industry seems to have taken the hint: eco-lodges and “green” hotels are trending. But these days, it can be difficult to discern between environmentally friendly digs and those just trying to profit from the craze. So [...]

14 02, 2020

World Economic Forum: 6 ways travelling professionals can cut their carbon footprint

2020-02-24T15:35:05+08:00February 14th, 2020|

Here are six ways we recommend you get started, in order from the easiest to implement to the most environmentally impactful: (1) Travel with trust: When looking for a place to stay, look for accommodations that utilize various sustainability standards. [...] Use the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s list of trusted standards used in different countries as [...]

10 02, 2020

Transforming tourism through sustainable procurement – How TUI Group uses the GSTC Criteria

2020-02-26T17:53:27+08:00February 10th, 2020|

This publication aims to introduce the strategic role that sustainable procurement can play to transform tourism by scaling up the market of sustainable products and services in the sector, enabling the reduction of GHG emissions and the shift towards a more resilient, resource-efficient development. It has been developed as part of the United Nations Environment [...]

4 02, 2020

Skift Travel Megatrends 2020: Tourism’s New Competitive Advantage Is Protecting Destinations

2020-04-04T13:05:05+08:00February 4th, 2020|

Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, said some of the best examples of a management-over-marketing approach right now come from smaller, emerging destinations looking beyond visitor numbers to include average length of stay, amount of money spent, and guest satisfaction level as key indicators in defining success. One example is the Thompson [...]

15 11, 2019

WWF’s World Wildlife Magazine Recommends GSTC

2019-11-15T09:56:43+08:00November 15th, 2019|

Planning a getaway? Make sure your vacation is a win for the environment. © CHRIS GASH/WWF-US Planning a getaway? Consider destinations, hotels, and tour operators that meet the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) standards. By doing so, you can minimize your environmental impact and send a powerful message to the travel industry about [...]

9 11, 2019

The Globe and Mail: A guide to understanding your impact on the environment and how to reduce it

2019-11-16T11:05:04+08:00November 9th, 2019|

"If you want to be an eco-friendly traveller, you’re going to have to work for it. This collection of tips, resources and ideas will help you reduce your environmental footprint wherever you travel" "To change the way you look at travel, try to seek out designations such as the Green Destination Standard, which sets environmental, [...]

9 11, 2019

Sustainable Travel – Travel the Smarter Way (University Observer)

2019-11-15T00:23:08+08:00November 9th, 2019|

Sustainable travelling is finding effective ways to be a tourist, without harming the natural surroundings and resources of the place you visit. The emphasis is on reducing our so called ‘footprint’, in this context defined as our personal negative effect on the places we visit. So defined, it also involves considering the impact of tourism [...]

28 09, 2019

Sustainable travel: four smart ways to make a positive impact (Irish Times)

2020-05-31T19:24:22+08:00September 28th, 2019|

#3 Stay in sustainable lodging Where you choose to sleep at night also plays a key role in being a green traveller. This part requires some legwork and research, however. “Hotel sustainability practices have grown tremendously in recent years, especially through certification programs that follow international best-practice standards,” Bray said. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) [...]

1 07, 2019

Sustainable Sedona Tourism

2020-06-08T18:43:06+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 [...]

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 [...]

5 06, 2019

Balancing Tourism and Sustainability across Asia (Urban Land Institute)

2020-05-31T19:23:42+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 [...]

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 [...]

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  

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