Latest GSTC News and Updates

19 02, 2022

Destination Assessment of Summit County, Utah

2022-02-19T09:53:00+08:00February 19th, 2022|

February 2022 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) conducted a Destination Assessment of Summit County, Utah, from July to December 2021. The Destination Assessment was led by Dr. Kelly Bricker, GSTC Vice-Chair, working closely with the Park City Chamber of Commerce | Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCCVB) and stakeholders throughout the County. Summit [...]

18 02, 2022

Türkiye Develops a National Sustainable Tourism Program with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)

2022-03-01T07:46:42+08:00February 18th, 2022|

Türkiye Develops a National Sustainable Tourism Program with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA) has signed a collaboration agreement with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The signing of the agreement marks an exemplary step toward sustainability as Türkiye (Turkey) becomes the first government in the world [...]

15 02, 2022

Training Report: A GSTC Training for Dominican Republic

2022-03-30T17:03:50+08:00February 15th, 2022|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) developed a short course on Sustainable Tourism for the project of Sustainable Community Tourism in the North Region of the Dominican Republic carried out by the Ministry of Tourism (MITUR), the Instituto Formación Técnico Profesional (INFOTEP) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The classes were held virtually between [...]

31 01, 2022

Training Report: GSTC Sustainable Tourism Course in Awaji, Japan

2022-02-03T01:59:26+08:00January 31st, 2022|

GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training: January 24-26, 2022 This week, the GSTC delivered a 3-day in-person training in Awaji Island, Hyogo, Japan, engaging tourism industry professionals representing various sectors including travel agencies, local and regional government bodies, tour guides, media, tour operators, and educators. Led by GSTC Trainer Masaru Takayama (Founder, Asian Ecotourism Network; Owner, [...]

27 01, 2022

Hostelworld Joins GSTC

2022-01-27T08:52:14+08:00January 27th, 2022|

Hostelworld has become a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) GSTC is pleased to welcome Hostelworld Group to its global network. Hostelworld was founded in 1999 by two entrepreneurs - a hostel owner and an IT executive - to provide an affordable global distribution channel and property management system for hostels. Today it is [...]

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, [...]

19 01, 2022

Sonoma County Joins GSTC

2022-03-30T01:46:16+08:00January 19th, 2022|

Sonoma County Tourism has joined as a Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) member. Sonoma County Tourism (SCT) is the destination stewardship organization dedicated to promoting overnight stays and creating a sustainable hospitality economy in Sonoma County, California. Located just 45 minutes north of San Francisco, Sonoma County is known for its acclaimed food, relaxing [...]

8 01, 2022

Informe del Curso: Capacitación en Turismo Sostenible en Español

2022-02-08T20:57:12+08:00January 8th, 2022|

El 2020 el GSTC dio inicio al programa de capacitaciones en turismo sostenible en idioma español, replicando el exitoso programa de entrenamiento Sustainable Tourism Course que se dicta hace años en inglés. Esto abrió nuevas oportunidades de perfeccionamiento a las y los profesionales de la industria turística para capacitarse en un idioma distinto al [...]

24 12, 2021

Destination Stewardship Yearbook 2020-2021

2021-12-24T09:24:29+08:00December 24th, 2021|

The first edition of the annual Destination Stewardship Yearbook For those whose work or interests involve improving destination stewardship in a post-pandemic world, you may have read the e-quarterly Destination Stewardship Report that was first published in the summer of last year. Curated into one document, the Destination Stewardship Report’s Annual Yearbook is based [...]

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 [...]

14 12, 2021

GSTC 2021 Online Members Meeting Brought Together 250 Members

2021-12-14T15:41:38+08:00December 14th, 2021|

GSTC 2021 Online Members Meeting The GSTC 2021 Online Members Meeting that took place on December 7th and 9th, brought together a total of 250 participants from 59 countries in the two meetings. Every year, GSTC holds a professional conference focusing on sustainable tourism, standards, certifications, and the GSTC Criteria. The themes are different each [...]

14 12, 2021

GreenStep’s Destination Standard a GSTC-Recognized Standard

2021-12-09T06:49:08+08:00December 14th, 2021|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the GreenStep Sustainable Tourism Destination Standard has achieved the ‘GSTC-Recognized Standard’ status. GreenStep Sustainable Tourism Standards are used by GreenStep Solutions in their assessment and verification programs which provide tools, resources, and consultative support to destinations and businesses across the tourism industry. The [...]

10 12, 2021

Rhodes Joins GSTC

2022-03-30T01:45:54+08:00December 10th, 2021|

The Municipality of Rhodes has joined as a Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands of Greece and is also the Dodekanese islands' capital. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Rhodes developed into a financial and cultural center of the ancient Greek world and is known worldwide [...]

23 11, 2021

Sentosa Joins GSTC

2021-11-23T10:47:10+08:00November 23rd, 2021|

Sentosa Development Corporation has joined as a Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), paving the way for the island destination to achieve certification as a sustainable destination. Sentosa is Singapore’s premier island resort getaway, home to an exciting array of themed attractions, award-winning spa retreats, lush rainforests, golden sandy beaches, resort accommodations, [...]

20 11, 2021

Sustainable Tourism Training for Laos Destination Leadership

2021-12-23T01:22:14+08:00November 20th, 2021|

Top: Dr. Mihee Kang, GSTC director for Asia-Pacific, H.E Mr. Ounethouang Khaophanh, Deputy Minister of MICT Bottom: Mr. Randy Durband, GSTC CEO On November 19, 2022, the GSTC successfully conducted virtual sustainable tourism training for Laos' tourism management leaders. The 1-day event was organized in partnership with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICT) of [...]

18 11, 2021

GetYourGuide Joins GSTC

2021-11-18T09:17:34+08:00November 18th, 2021|

GetYourGuide has officially joined as a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). GetYourGuide, one of the world’s leading tours and activities booking platforms for unforgettable experiences, today joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), reaffirming its commitment to learning more about sustainability in the experiences industry. Through this membership, GetYourGuide will work with [...]

15 11, 2021

Booking.com Unveils Its Travel Sustainable Badge

2022-03-31T23:05:54+08:00November 15th, 2021|

Booking.com Launches Travel Sustainable Badge to Lead Industry in Showcasing a Wider Variety of Sustainable Stays 15 November 2021 - Booking.com, one of the world’s leading digital travel platforms, announced the inaugural launch of its Travel Sustainable badge, a globally relevant sustainability measure that will provide highly coveted information to travelers all over the [...]

12 11, 2021

Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), Pacific Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework (PSTPF), and the GSTC

2021-11-17T15:14:41+08:00November 12th, 2021|

The Pacific Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework (PSTPF) The Pacific Sustainable Tourism Framework (PSTPF) was developed by the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) on behalf of its members, including the governments of American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, [...]

11 11, 2021

GSTC Webinar Recording: Unpacking Sustainable Tourism in India through the lens of the GSTC Criteria

2021-11-11T19:11:09+08:00November 11th, 2021|

To mark the launch of the GSTC India Working Group, the GSTC held a public webinar on November 10th 2021 titled "Unpacking Sustainable Tourism in India through the lens of the GSTC Criteria." Keynote talk was given by Mr. Arvind Singh (Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), addressing the move of the tourism [...]

10 11, 2021

The GSTC is saddened by the loss of Valere Tjolle

2021-11-23T11:25:25+08:00November 10th, 2021|

Valere Tjolle third from right, together with the friends from Botswana Tourism Organisation, Wilderness Safaris, and the GSTC team at Chitabe Camp, Botswana (2018) The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and its members are very saddened by the loss of Valere Tjolle (1945-2021). Based in Bath, England, Valere was a leading sustainable [...]

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