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26 11, 2022

Sustainable Tourism at a Critical Juncture – Interview with Roi Ariel

2022-11-28T23:41:24+08:00November 26th, 2022|

Sustainable Tourism at a Critical Juncture From right to left: Roi Ariel (General Manager, GSTC), Natalie Kidd (Chief People and Purpose Officer, Intrepid Travel), Jason Lin (Co-founder & CEO, Talent Basket), Jennifer Lin (Senior Manager, Business Development, Southeast Asia, Rezio), Shinobu Hayama (CEO, Journey for Change), Halim Choi (Program Officer, Jeonbuk MICE Bureau). [...]

16 11, 2022

Turismo sostenible en España: medioambiente y turismofobia

2022-11-26T02:59:59+08:00November 16th, 2022|

Turismo sostenible en España: medioambiente y turismofobia Abordamos la sostenibilidad en el turismo. Nos preguntamos si es posible desarrollar esa actividad turística sin que se destroce el medioambiente, es decir, además de generar ingresos para la población autóctona, ser respetuoso con el ecosistema y con la cultura local. Vamos a analizar los motivos por [...]

29 10, 2022

Is tourism ready for sustainability – interview with Dr. Ioannis Pappas

2022-10-29T02:53:23+08:00October 29th, 2022|

How has health and political crisis impacted travel, and is tourism ready for sustainability? Article and interview by Anula Galewska, Travindy This article is part of the “Sustainable tourism insights” interview series with speakers and participants of the Green Destinations Conference in Athens, Greece held in September 2022. Dr. Ioannis Pappas is the Director [...]

22 10, 2022

Can We Certify Our Way to Sustainable Travel?

2022-10-22T02:59:05+08:00October 22nd, 2022|

Can We Certify Our Way to Sustainable Travel? Article written by Sun Woo Baik in Asparagus Magazine When I think about the impacts my travels have had, my mind immediately goes to the massive, gas-guzzling, carbon-spewing aluminum tube I boarded to get to my destinations. Aviation is the most obvious culprit for travel-related emissions, [...]

4 10, 2022

How to Tread Lightly in Fragile Places

2022-10-04T08:48:00+08:00October 4th, 2022|

How to Tread Lightly in Fragile Places Article written by Elaine Glusac in The New York Times Organizing a responsible visit to sensitive areas like the Galápagos Islands or Antarctica involves research, decoding certifications and possibly a travel adviser. For independent travelers, sustainable certifications can help identify responsible operations. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council [...]

2 09, 2022

Tablet Hotels’ Sustainability Program Gains Momentum

2022-09-02T08:17:26+08:00September 2nd, 2022|

Tablet Hotels' Sustainability Program Gains Momentum Tablet Hotels, the hotel experts at the MICHELIN® Guide, has launched a hotel sustainability program, making it easy for travelers to choose hotels that are working to make a positive impact on the planet and in their community. The program features the sustainability icon, which indicates hotels that have [...]

30 08, 2022

easyJet holidays launches new ‘eco certified’ collection

2022-09-01T17:30:34+08:00August 30th, 2022|

easyJet holidays launches new ‘eco certified’ collection, in partnership with the GSTC easyJet holidays is making it easier for its customers to make sustainable choices for their holiday, by identifying a new ‘eco certified’ collection on its website. The hotels included in the collection will be identified by a green leaf motif, and all have [...]

10 07, 2022

Ocean Panel: Expert Perspective by Randy Durband, GSTC

2022-07-14T02:19:55+08:00July 10th, 2022|

Vision setting: A sustainable coastal and marine tourism sector in 2030 and 2050 What is sustainable coastal and marine tourism in 2030 and 2050? What are three key shifts needed by 2025 to achieve this ambitious vision? Expert Perspective by Randy Durband, CEO of GSTC on Ocean Panel. Coastal and marine tourism is enormous [...]

10 07, 2022

Ocean Panel: Expert Perspective by Caroline Tippett, WWF

2022-07-14T02:19:17+08:00July 10th, 2022|

Vision setting: A sustainable coastal and marine tourism sector in 2030 and 2050 What is sustainable coastal and marine tourism in 2030 and 2050? What are three key shifts needed by 2025 to achieve this ambitious vision? Expert Perspective by Caroline Tippett, Vice President of Ocean Markets and Finance, World Wildlife Fund, published on [...]

23 04, 2022

WTTC Launches Hotel Sustainability Basics

2022-04-29T01:53:00+08:00April 23rd, 2022|

WTTC launches major hotel sustainability initiative at its Global Summit in Manila The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) launched its ‘Hotel Sustainability Basics’, a coordinated set of basic actions that hotels should implement as a minimum at the beginning of their sustainability journey. The initiative was launched at WTTC's Global Summit in Manila in [...]

20 01, 2022

Interview de Monsieur Ignacio de las Cuevas, Formateur GSTC

2022-01-20T13:28:15+08:00January 20th, 2022|

Une interview avec Ignacio de la Cueves, formateur GSTC, aborde les critères GSTC et leurs objectifs. Qu’est -ce que les critères GSTC et quels sont leurs objectifs ? Les critères GSTC servent de normes mondiales pour la durabilité dans les voyages et le tourisme. Les Critères sont utilisés pour la formation et la sensibilisation, [...]

21 12, 2021

What Makes an Eco-Resort Truly Sustainable?

2021-12-21T12:02:13+08:00December 21st, 2021|

What Makes an Eco-Resort Truly Sustainable? This article by Elana Spivack was published on Popular Science. Eco-resorts are generally committed to a carbon-zero existence and preserving their surrounding environment. The word “resort” connotes luxury, and many claim to provide luxury sustainably. These locales have been cropping up in recent years as environmental consciousness becomes [...]

28 09, 2021

Sustainability Standards: A tool for tourism recovery (OECD)

2021-11-08T07:54:28+08:00September 28th, 2021|

This article by GSTC Chairman Luigi Cabrini and GSTC CEO Randy Durband was published on OECD Forum. Can global sustainability standards be key to a green recovery? In 2019, tourism accounted for 10% of the global GDP and 1 of every 11 jobs worldwide, with a record 1.5 billion international tourists. But in 2020 [...]

20 05, 2021

HotelExecutive: 6 Ways to Make a Hotel Sustainable

2021-05-25T16:50:12+08:00May 20th, 2021|

Following global trends, hoteliers are now moving faster towards more sustainable practices. However, sustainability is a broad topic and taking the first steps might be daunting. To make it easier, Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), shares 6 ways that are crucial in making hotels sustainable: Market Demand for Eco-Friendly - [...]

22 04, 2021

How to Travel More Sustainably – NYT Article

2021-04-22T18:38:05+08:00April 22nd, 2021|

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 [...]

12 03, 2021

GSTC on Treehugger

2021-04-15T16:38:55+08:00March 12th, 2021|

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 [...]

27 09, 2020

Why local communities are important to the future of Japan’s ailing tourism industry (The Japan Times)

2020-09-30T09:06:22+08:00September 27th, 2020|

The pandemic has accelerated these trends. Prior to 2020, the government had already poured trillions of yen into promoting lesser-visited parts of Japan as tourist destinations. Although sustainability rarely factored into official tourism strategy within Japan, the effects of the climate crisis and overtourism appear to have finally made some impact. Government white papers [...]

27 09, 2020

COVID-19 put a halt to over-tourism. Can we plan a sustainable reset? (The Globe and Mail)

2020-09-27T11:45:10+08:00September 27th, 2020|

Because so many organizations and destinations are coming at this from different starting points, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council - GSTC has established a baseline standard for more responsible tourism practices, offering criteria that help consumers find reputable destinations and companies. It also helps both government and private-sector organizations develop sustainable tourism requirements for destinations, [...]

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 [...]

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