Latest GSTC News and Updates

3 01, 2024

GSTC Training Combined with the ACSTDM Programme, University of Colombo-Sri Lanka

2024-01-03T17:46:13+08:00January 3rd, 2024|

The University of Colombo offers an Advanced Certificate Course in Sustainable Tourism Destination Management (ACSTDM) combined with the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Course, preparing students for leadership roles in tourism organizations looking to commit to sustainable tourism practices in Sri Lanka. “The University of Colombo has taken the lead in introducing the GSTC Sustainable Tourism [...]

2 01, 2024

Hotel Yearbook 2024 Hospitality ESG Edition Now Released

2024-01-02T16:35:48+08:00January 2nd, 2024|

The Hotel Yearbook 2024 Hospitality ESG Edition has been released and is available online for free. Along the same lines as previous editions of the Hotel Yearbook, the 2024 ESG Edition gathers the thoughts and research from a wide-ranging group of senior executives, analysts, consultants, and opinion leaders from all over the world.  This [...]

29 12, 2023

Public Consultation on GSTC Accreditation Manual Revision v.4.0

2023-12-29T21:34:18+08:00December 29th, 2023|

We invite tourism industry stakeholders to participate in the public consultation on the revision of the GSTC Accreditation Manual for Certification of Hotel/Accommodation & Tour Operator v.4.0, which will run for 100 days from December 29th, 2023 to April 6th, 2024. About the GSTC Accreditation Manual for Certification of Hotel/Accommodation & Tour Operator: The [...]

28 12, 2023

GSTC Partners with Agoda and the Government of Goa to Promote More Sustainable Tourism in India

2023-12-28T15:56:15+08:00December 28th, 2023|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) collaborated with Digital travel platform Agoda and the Government of Goa to organize a Hotel Sustainability Training for industry professionals from November 28 to 29, 2023, at Park Regis, Goa, India. This two-day program brought together local hoteliers for a series of sessions led by influential industry experts, [...]

26 12, 2023

GSTC Criteria – Now Available in Arabic

2023-12-26T16:03:26+08:00December 26th, 2023|

The GSTC Industry Criteria and the GSTC Destination Criteria v2.0 have been translated into Arabic and are available to download in the Criteria Translations section. تمت ترجمة معايير المجلس العالمي للسياحة المستدامة لشركات القطاع السياحي (قطاع الفنادق و قطاع مكاتب السياحة والسفر ومنظمي الرحلات والتجارب السياحية) ومعاييرالمجلس العالمي للسياحة المستدامة للوجهات السياحية (الإصدار الثاني) إلى اللغة العربية وهي الآن متاحة [...]

25 12, 2023

GSTC at the Taiwan Visitors Association 67th Anniversary

2024-01-23T23:03:58+08:00December 25th, 2023|

GSTC General Manager, Roi Ariel was a keynote speaker at the 67th Anniversary of the Taiwan Visitors Association, held on the 13th of December 2023. In his presentation titled 'Sustainable Tourism as the Future of Tourism,' Mr. Ariel highlighted the urgent need for integrating sustainable practices in the tourism sector, sharing insightful examples and [...]

21 12, 2023

Travelife Ltd revised Standard for Accommodation Providers Gains GSTC-Recognized Status

2023-12-21T16:39:59+08:00December 21st, 2023|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council® (GSTC®) is pleased to announce that the Travelife Ltd revised standard for accommodation providers has gained GSTC-Recognized status, meaning it has been fully recognized as equivalent to the GSTC Industry Criteria.  Travelife for Accommodation* revised standard, the first revision since 2014, reflects new and emerging sustainability issues and focuses [...]

20 12, 2023

The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training sponsored by the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau concluded successfully

2023-12-20T18:54:15+08:00December 20th, 2023|

The Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) sponsored the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training in Tokyo, Japan, from October 16th to October 18th, 2023. The training offered to 20 TCVB supporting members, was led by GSTC Trainer Dr. Mami Futagami, Emeritus Professor at Meijo University.   The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Course provided participants with the essential [...]

20 12, 2023

Jet2holidays launches ‘Certified Sustainable Hotels’ based on the GSTC Criteria

2023-12-21T23:05:57+08:00December 20th, 2023|

Over 800 hotels feature in Jet2holidays’ new ‘Certified Sustainable Hotels’ collection Customers and independent travel agents can now easily find and choose from these hotels, which meet GSTC-Recognized Standards Jet2holidays has launched a brand-new program where they highlight sustainable hotels, meaning that customers and independent travel agents can easily find and choose from a [...]

19 12, 2023

GSTC Partners with BCD Travel China and Colorful Earth to Drive Sustainable Transformation in Business Travel

2023-12-19T21:37:27+08:00December 19th, 2023|

To support companies in their quest for sustainable business travel, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), BCD Travel China, and Colorful Earth have entered a partnership for 2024. In a collaborative effort, the partners are set to unveil the "Sustainable Business Travel Strategy Guide" along with a suite of training programs targeted at corporate [...]

15 12, 2023

Dr Ioannis Pappas, GSTC Director Mediterranean Region, participated in EBRD’s Webinar Series

2023-12-15T20:06:42+08:00December 15th, 2023|

GSTC Mediterranean Region Director, Dr. Ioannis Pappas participated in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Webinars series as a keynote speaker with the session: “Hospitality for the resilient future: Adapting to Climate Challenges and Seizing Opportunities in Tourism” the 5th of December 2023, dedicated to SME’s; that was part of the series [...]

15 12, 2023

Fukuoka City Joins GSTC

2024-01-19T18:33:31+08:00December 15th, 2023|

Fukuoka City has joined as a Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), as the first municipality destination member in Japan.  Fukuoka City, situated in the northern part of Kyushu Island, Japan, emerges as a vibrant hub blending modernity with rich cultural heritage. This bustling metropolis, with its roots in the ancient city [...]

15 12, 2023

GSTC at Stakeholder Dialogue with JTB “Support for sustainable tourism destination management”

2023-12-15T16:48:31+08:00December 15th, 2023|

Exploring further possibilities for the future from the initiatives that won the FY2022 ALL JTB AWARD Sustainability Prize During GSTC CEO Randy Durband’s visit to Japan last September 2023, a stakeholders dialogue was held at the JTB headquarters to discuss how the private sector can contribute to sustainable tourism management in Japan, featuring JTB [...]

15 12, 2023

NIKKEI GX interviews Randy Durband, GSTC CEO, on Sustainability Standards

2023-12-15T16:42:57+08:00December 15th, 2023|

Sustainable standards for tourism facilities, a wave of selection in Europe and the United States  - International organization GSTC The impact of the new coronavirus disaster has ended, and the movement of people has recovered. On the other hand, the view that we should refrain from using airplanes that emit large amounts of carbon [...]

14 12, 2023

GSTC at Hotelbed’s Markethub Asia

2023-12-14T16:25:51+08:00December 14th, 2023|

Roi Ariel, GSTC General Manager was present at Hotelbed’s Markethub Asia event, which was held from the 21st to the 24th of November 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand's bustling capital known for its vibrant and energetic atmosphere.  Hotelbed’s Markethub 2023 event took place under the theme of ‘Where Next?’. Industry influencers and key figures discussed [...]

13 12, 2023

Space4Tourism call for tenders

2023-12-13T19:38:56+08:00December 13th, 2023|

The European Space Agency (ESA) is proposing a funding opportunity called Space4Tourism that targets the development of space-based services to support tourism and travel industry in a context of the digital transformation of the sector. Digital solutions are being developed to create live tourism experiences and will be increased deployed to support virtual experience [...]

12 12, 2023

Seychelles Joins GSTC

2023-12-12T18:32:53+08:00December 12th, 2023|

Seychelles Ministry of Tourism has joined as a Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Seychelles is an archipelago nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar and about 1,600 km east of Kenya, renowned for its vibrant marine life. Seychelles comprises 115 islands, the majority of which are uninhabited. [...]

11 12, 2023

GSTC was present at COP28 along with TGA

2023-12-12T19:53:59+08:00December 11th, 2023|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), represented by its Vice Chair, CB Ramkumar, was present at COP28 along with the Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA) in Dubai, to explain Türkiye’s groundbreaking national sustainable tourism program. Moderated by Prof. Dr Hasan Ali Karasar, Rector of Cappadocia University, the panel was composed by:  CB [...]

10 12, 2023

GSTC was present at Sharjah International Travel and Tourism Forum 2023 in United Arab Emirates

2023-12-12T21:16:12+08:00December 10th, 2023|

Koko Tang, GSTC Board Member and Founder of Colorful Earth, Co-Founder of Vinetree Tourism The 10th edition of Sharjah International Travel & Tourism Forum took place on November 22 at Expo Centre Sharjah and offered insights into the challenges, opportunities, and sustainability within the travel and tourism sector through a series of [...]

8 12, 2023

GSTC and MTA sign MOU

2023-12-08T16:11:39+08:00December 8th, 2023|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), aiming to improve and strengthen cooperation and collaboration between the two parties to generate respective synergies and promote the application of sustainability practices and the GSTC Criteria in travel and tourism in Malta.  GSTC will support [...]

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