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20 02, 2018

GSTC at the GIZ Lab of Tomorrow – TUI Magic Life Resort in Egypt

2018-02-22T22:27:16+00:00 February 20th, 2018|

Between February 5th and 8th specialists from both TUI and GIZ met local players in the TUI Magic Life Resort in Egypt, to pool their resources and develop a sustainable business-driven strategy aimed at creating better opportunities for young people in the Egyptian tourism industry. The Lab of Tomorrow is an initiative by GIZ to [...]

16 02, 2018

The Ethical Travel Guide recommends the labels of EarthCheck and Ecotourism Australia, GSTC-Accredited Certification Bodies

2018-02-20T18:33:34+00:00 February 16th, 2018|

The Ethical Travel Guide recommends the labels of EarthCheck and Ecotourism Australia, GSTC-Accredited Certification Bodies “Now, 70% of visitors to the Great Barrier Reef use an eco-certified tour operator. Twelve years ago, that was just 10%. This means that the majority of visitors to the Reef are getting a quality experience from an operator that [...]

14 02, 2018

GSTC The Philippines National Forum on Global Sustainable Tourism Standards & Development to be held in March 2018

2018-02-14T16:51:53+00:00 February 14th, 2018|

GSTC The Philippines National Forum on Global Sustainable Tourism Standards & Development to be held in March 2018 With the aim of supporting sustainable destination development and management in the Philippines, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) together with the Society for Sustainable Tourism & Development Inc. (SSTDI) and LEADimpact Asia, present The Philippines, National [...]

5 02, 2018

GSTC Industry Criteria – Now Available in Portuguese

2018-02-05T09:48:42+00:00 February 5th, 2018|

The GSTC Industry Criteria has been translated into Portuguese and is available to download in the Criteria Translations section. O GSTC Industry Criteria foi traduzido para o português e está disponível para download na seção "Critérios de tradução".

31 01, 2018

The Guatemalan Tourism Board, INGUAT, Joins GSTC

2018-02-01T14:45:57+00:00 January 31st, 2018|

January 2018 - The Guatemalan Tourism Board, INGUAT, has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a national member. INGUAT (Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo) is the national superior authority in the tourism sector that develops the promotion, advertising, and sustainability practices of tourism industry through the specific legal guidelines from Guatemala’s Government. Its mission [...]

31 01, 2018

Radio Sputnik on Sustainable Tourism with Randy Durband, GSTC CEO

2018-01-31T10:38:53+00:00 January 31st, 2018|

Radio Sputnik spoke about sustainable tourism with Randy Durband, the Chief Executive Officer at Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), : "Tourism is often referred to as one industry but it’s really many industries. Aviation, rental cars, hotels, attractions and so forth. So it’s very complex. Sustainability and tourism are far more complex that sustainability of one commodity and I [...]

29 01, 2018

GSTC Activities around the world 2017

2018-01-29T17:41:43+00:00 January 29th, 2018|

GSTC Activities Around the World 2017 Trainings, conferences, partnerships, and new destination members are are only part of what the GSTC has been doing in 2017. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council thanks its members, supporters, and all those that are using and applying the GSTC Criteria in all parts of the world. Australia EarthCheck Evaluate [...]

25 01, 2018

Sweden’s Region Västerbotten Joins GSTC

2018-01-25T17:03:31+00:00 January 25th, 2018|

January 2018 - Region Västerbotten, Northern Sweden, has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a destination member. Region Västerbotten is responsible for regional development and growth in Västerbotten County, Northern Sweden. Västerbotten County and the county’s 15 municipalities own Region Västerbotten, a politically headed organization. With sustainability at the core of Västerbotten’s development, [...]

18 01, 2018

GSTC Announces a New Strategic Partnership Promoting Effective Sustainable Tourism Management

2018-01-28T04:08:42+00:00 January 18th, 2018|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism (FEST) have signed an MOU establishing a strategic alliance between the two organizations, promoting effective tourism project management. The partnership supports professional skills development in sustainable tourism, emphasizing the importance of the GSTC Criteria as the baseline standards for sustainability in travel [...]

12 01, 2018

GSTC awareness expands in Papua New Guinea

2018-01-25T12:04:57+00:00 January 12th, 2018|

The nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is the latest Asia Pacific destination to consider how the GSTC Criteria could be used as a tool for tourism to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). PNG is a rich cultural and environmental tourism destination. It has more than 800 local languages (in addition to many [...]

10 01, 2018

Travelife for Tour Operators Achieves GSTC-Accredited Status

2018-03-27T10:50:06+00:00 January 10th, 2018|

Travelife for Tour Operators Achieves GSTC-Accredited Status January 10, 2018 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Travelife for Tour Operators has achieved the ‘GSTC-Accredited’ status. The awarded status affirms Travelife’s for Tour Operators commitment to promoting sustainable tourism products and services. Travelife for Tour operators is a leading [...]

3 01, 2018

The Sustainable Tourism Index by The Economist Intelligence Unit

2018-01-03T11:09:03+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|

"The Sustainable Tourism Index assesses countries on their commitment to develop and promote sustainable practices in tourism. It finds that, not surprisingly, the world’s developed countries have done more at the national level than their emerging-world rivals to formulate policy, foster adherence to recognised standards, encourage travel and tourism businesses to reduce their environmental footprint, [...]

31 12, 2017

Job Opening: GSTC Operations Manager

2018-01-05T08:31:38+00:00 December 31st, 2017|

GSTC is looking for an Operations Manager to be responsible for accomplishing a number of operational and administrative functions of the organization. Some of these functions are to manage the day-to-day work-flow of applications for GSTC-administered Accreditation of Certification Bodies and GSTC-Recognition of Standards; maintain lists of businesses and destinations certified by GSTC-Accredited Certification Bodies [...]

26 12, 2017

The Korean Ecotourism Standard for Destinations, Accommodations and Tours Achieves GSTC Recognition

2017-12-27T09:04:25+00:00 December 26th, 2017|

Dec 27, 2017 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Korean Ecotourism Standard for Destinations and the Korean Ecotourism Standard for Accommodations and Tours have achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized’ status. The Korean Ecotourism Standards for Destinations and Accommodations and Tours have been developed to guide both public and private sectors to [...]

22 12, 2017

Coping with success: Managing overcrowding in tourism destinations (McKinsey & WTTC)

2017-12-22T12:39:50+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|

December 2017 – McKinsey and the World Travel & Tourism Council examine how destinations can reap the benefits of tourism while preserving their unique qualities. In this report, McKinsey and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) introduce a simple, fact-based diagnostic to help destination leaders identify and address the challenges they face. We also offer [...]

20 12, 2017

GSTC Works with Vireo Srl on Sustainable Tourism Auditor Training

2018-01-15T21:24:23+00:00 December 20th, 2017|

GSTC Technical Director Andrés Fellenberg (second from left) and Vireo Srl auditors GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training for Auditors The GSTC has delivered a 2-part auditor training program for Vireo Srl, a certification body based in Italy specialized in environmental and sustainability certification schemes. The training consisted of (1) online interactive sessions covering key sustainable tourism [...]

18 12, 2017

GSTC Training Program Highlights: 2017 Summary and 2018 Outlook

2017-12-19T03:22:39+00:00 December 18th, 2017|

About the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program With the aim of strengthening awareness of sustainable tourism in destinations around the world, the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) covers global trends in sustainable tourism and sustainability best practices for businesses and destinations, and offers a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the GSTC [...]

13 12, 2017

GSTC activities in India in partnership with GreenOtels

2017-12-13T16:06:54+00:00 December 13th, 2017|

December 2017 - Awareness of GSTC is growing in India, facilitated by the partnerships GSTC is forging with organizations like GreenOtels. With the GreenOtels team, awareness summits have been conducted through 2017 in ten cities including Bengaluru, Jaipur, Chennai, Kochi, Pune, Goa, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam this year. The mission of GreenOtels, a GSTC [...]

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