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6 07, 2018

Sustainability Vanuatu & Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF) MOU Signing

2018-07-06T19:20:22+08:00July 6th, 2018|

Sustainability Vanuatu & Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF) MOU Signing GSTC Members Sustainability Vanuatu and Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF) have recently signed an MOU, sharing good practices based on similar challenges and opportunities while using the GSTC destination framework. The MOU is a result from the Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) [...]

28 07, 2015

Khiri Travel At Forefront of Sustainable Tourism in Southeast Asia

2017-06-29T14:56:19+08:00July 28th, 2015|

(July 28, 2015) An interview with Khiri Travel’s Graham Read about their recent Travel Life certification and sustainability practices. The Southeast Asia based destination management company and GSTC member Khiri Travel , recently achieved Travel Life Certification for their Tour Operations in Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam. Khiri group’s new certification is a major advancement for creating [...]

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 [...]

18 03, 2015

Sustainability in Quito, Ecuador- CarpeDM Adventures’ 3.3.3. Program

2017-07-29T10:46:31+08:00March 18th, 2015|

Based in Quito, Ecuador, CarpeDM Adventures is an adventure company committed to meeting the needs of the community, clients and business partners through innovative programs that enhance the delivery of quality adventure travel. Building the social consciousness of the world one tour at a time, CarpeDM adapted the “DM” in CarpeDM to represent “Doing More”. Since inception, CarpeDM always [...]

17 02, 2015

IHG’s Paul Snyder & Green Engage

2017-07-29T10:48:08+08:00February 17th, 2015|

Paul Snyder, IHG Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and GSTC Board Member An interview with IHG's Paul Snyder about the successful Green Engage program.   InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is the newest sponsor of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), and one of the leading hotel companies, with 4,700 hotels around the world. [...]

30 01, 2015

Strengthening Biodiversity through Sustainable Tourism Certification

2017-06-26T08:26:31+08:00January 30th, 2015|

The GSTC Criteria serve as basic guidelines for businesses, organizations and destinations that wish to address sustainability issues in the travel and tourism industry. It is composed of a set of standards and provides assurance that the main principles of responsible tourism are being covered. In reality, the GSTC criteria represents a commitment to the [...]

14 12, 2014

Integrating sustainability practices into business models and government structures

2017-07-29T10:52:44+08:00December 14th, 2014|

The tourism industry has the potential to be a good and powerful force on our planet. When responsibly managed, it enriches lives, and preserves natural resources and cultural heritage. More frequently these days, travelers take this into account and seek authentic holiday experiences, to choose a responsible tour operator, book a hotel with a sustainability [...]

28 10, 2014

GSTC CEO Randy Durband Named Special Advisor to the 2014 Top 100 Sustainable Destinations

2017-06-26T08:26:31+08:00October 28th, 2014|

 The Global Sustainable Tourism Council CEO, Randy Durband, has been named Special Advisor to the creation of the Top 100 Sustainable Destination annual list. The initiative was created by GSTC member Albert Salman (Green Destinations) and Valere Tjolle (TravelMole, VISION for Sustainable Tourism, Totem Tourism).  The Top 100 Sustainable Destinations list aims to encourage stakeholders [...]

11 02, 2013

2013 Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards

2017-06-26T08:26:31+08:00February 11th, 2013|

An important call for entries is underway.  This Friday is the deadline to apply. The 2013 Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards process is underway, with applications due on February 15. As a reminder, the World Savers Awards recognize travel companies that are doing good in five categories: environmental and cultural preservation; poverty relief; education [...]

3 08, 2012

Zeitz Foundation and the Chimirol Biojardineras: An Example of Community Involvement

2017-06-26T08:26:32+08:00August 3rd, 2012|

GSTC member Zeitz Foundation shares with us the story of community involvement, environmental protection, education and promoting the local agricultural economy by building biojardineras (artificial wetlands) to manage waste water in Chimirol, Costa Rica. This was the first project of its kind in Costa Rica involving the partnership of a private company (Hotel Monte Azul) with [...]

25 07, 2012

Accessible Tourism and its Importance in the Sustainable Tourism Discussion

2017-06-26T08:26:32+08:00July 25th, 2012|

We are excited to welcome Allison Kleinman of Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA), a GSTC member, as our guest author today. VEGA works with volunteers and organizations in over 30 countries to promote its goal of reducing poverty and promoting sustainable economic growth in emerging markets. Today, Allison shares the importance of accessible tourism [...]

22 04, 2012

A Handful of Ways to Earth Day: Four GSTC Member Stories

2017-06-26T08:26:32+08:00April 22nd, 2012|

For over forty years, the Earth Day Network has worked to “inform and energize populations so they will act to secure a healthy future for themselves and their children.” “A healthy future…” — the GSTC mission of promoting sustainable tourism in all its dimensions — environmental, cultural, and economic — aligns with the meaning of [...]