14 02, 2020

World Economic Forum: 6 ways travelling professionals can cut their carbon footprint

2020-02-24T15:35:05+08:00February 14th, 2020|

Here are six ways we recommend you get started, in order from the easiest to implement to the most environmentally impactful: (1) Travel with trust: When looking for a place to stay, look for accommodations that utilize various sustainability standards. [...] Use the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s list of trusted standards used in different countries as [...]

10 02, 2020

Transforming tourism through sustainable procurement – How TUI Group uses the GSTC Criteria

2020-02-26T17:53:27+08:00February 10th, 2020|

This publication aims to introduce the strategic role that sustainable procurement can play to transform tourism by scaling up the market of sustainable products and services in the sector, enabling the reduction of GHG emissions and the shift towards a more resilient, resource-efficient development. It has been developed as part of the United Nations Environment [...]

4 02, 2020

Skift Travel Megatrends 2020: Tourism’s New Competitive Advantage Is Protecting Destinations

2020-04-04T13:05:05+08:00February 4th, 2020|

Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, said some of the best examples of a management-over-marketing approach right now come from smaller, emerging destinations looking beyond visitor numbers to include average length of stay, amount of money spent, and guest satisfaction level as key indicators in defining success. One example is the Thompson [...]

25 01, 2020

Moab Area Travel Council Joins GSTC

2020-01-25T17:44:08+08:00January 25th, 2020|

Moab Area Travel Council Joins GSTC January 2020 - Moab Area Travel Council has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a destination member. The Moab Area Travel Council (MATC), directed by State code, seeks to improve the local economy by promoting, marketing, and supporting recreation, tourism, events, and conventions in a manner [...]

14 01, 2020

GSTC Destination Criteria v2.0 Formally Released

2020-01-27T18:35:06+08:00January 14th, 2020|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce the release of the GSTC Destination Criteria v2.0, which had been under development for most of 2019. GSTC Criteria serve as the global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism. The Criteria are used for education and awareness-raising, policy-making for businesses and government [...]

5 01, 2020

GSTC Assurance Panel is the new name of the former Accreditation Panel

2020-02-05T12:23:55+08:00January 5th, 2020|

GSTC has changed the name to "Assurance Panel" from the former name of "Accreditation Panel" of its internal but independent body that plays the important decision-making roles for the Recognition of Standards (whereby a set of standards voluntarily requests GSTC to mark their standard as compliant with the GSTC Criteria) and to oversee the [...]

18 12, 2019

GSTC Response to Stay Grounded Letter

2019-12-19T18:58:48+08:00December 18th, 2019|

This is GSTC's response to the letter from Stay Grounded (December 6th), regarding the GSTC2019 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference in the Azores. 18 December 2019 Dear Mira Kapfinger and the Stay Grounded Nework, Thank you for expressing your views on our choice of location for our 2019 annual conference. We certainly respect your perspectives and [...]

12 12, 2019

GSTC Training Offered to Stakeholders from 17 Countries – Terceira, Azores, Dec 2019

2019-12-12T19:48:05+08:00December 12th, 2019|

The most recent training class - and the last one in 2019 - of the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) concluded last week, as we connected with 40 industry professionals from across Europe and beyond who joined our training, followed by the annual GSTC global conference in Terceira, Azores. Our group, including participants [...]

10 12, 2019

GSTC 2020 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference to be hosted in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, November 19 – 22

2019-12-26T18:44:16+08:00December 10th, 2019|

GSTC 2020 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference to be hosted in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, November 19 – 22 The conference will be hosted at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, on November 19 – 22, 2020. The announcement was made in Terceira Island, Azores, on December 6th, [...]

9 12, 2019

“Navigating the Way Forward” – GSTC 2019 Global Conference in the Azores

2019-12-27T12:52:21+08:00December 9th, 2019|

“Navigating the Way Forward” – GSTC 2019 Global Conference in the Azores The GSTC 2019 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference "Navigating the Way Forward" that took place on December 4th-7th in Terceira Island, the Azores, brought together 250 delegates from 42 countries, along with hundreds of viewers that watched the live broadcasting of the conference. [...]

1 12, 2019

GSTC Country Representative Program to End in 2019

2020-06-08T19:11:22+08:00December 1st, 2019|

GSTC began designating valuable GSTC partners as Country Representative in 2014 to serve as the “eyes and ears” and in many ways the voices of GSTC in their respective countries or regions. They have played a valuable role, helping stakeholders better understand and engage with the GSTC. The GSTC Country Representative Program will cease [...]

18 11, 2019

Hilton LightStay Standard is Now a GSTC-Recognized Standard

2019-11-18T17:09:21+08:00November 18th, 2019|

November 18, 2019 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Hilton’s corporate responsibility management system has achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized Standard’ status. Hilton is the first major hotel company to achieve this recognition. In 2009, Hilton launched LightStay, its award-winning platform that enables the company to track its environmental and social [...]

15 11, 2019

WWF’s World Wildlife Magazine Recommends GSTC

2019-11-15T09:56:43+08:00November 15th, 2019|

Planning a getaway? Make sure your vacation is a win for the environment. © CHRIS GASH/WWF-US Planning a getaway? Consider destinations, hotels, and tour operators that meet the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) standards. By doing so, you can minimize your environmental impact and send a powerful message to the travel industry about [...]

14 11, 2019

Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Joins GSTC

2019-11-14T12:08:55+08:00November 14th, 2019|

Jeju Special Self-Governing Province has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) as a Destination Member. As the largest volcanic island in Korea, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province is one of Koreans’ popular destinations due to its unique and beautiful nature and culture, and is most commonly known to Koreans as the best honeymoon destination in [...]

11 11, 2019

Agoda Joins GSTC

2019-11-11T13:27:54+08:00November 11th, 2019|

Agoda has officially joined as a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The GSTC engages with a worldwide network of members, who represent a wide range of tourism stakeholders. Being a GSTC member means actively participating in GSTC’s global network, contributing to the important work of the GSTC in promoting the widespread adoption [...]

9 11, 2019

The Globe and Mail: A guide to understanding your impact on the environment and how to reduce it

2019-11-16T11:05:04+08:00November 9th, 2019|

"If you want to be an eco-friendly traveller, you’re going to have to work for it. This collection of tips, resources and ideas will help you reduce your environmental footprint wherever you travel" "To change the way you look at travel, try to seek out designations such as the Green Destination Standard, which sets environmental, [...]

9 11, 2019

Sustainable Travel – Travel the Smarter Way (University Observer)

2019-11-15T00:23:08+08:00November 9th, 2019|

Sustainable travelling is finding effective ways to be a tourist, without harming the natural surroundings and resources of the place you visit. The emphasis is on reducing our so called ‘footprint’, in this context defined as our personal negative effect on the places we visit. So defined, it also involves considering the impact of tourism [...]

4 11, 2019

The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2019 by CREST

2019-11-04T09:51:10+08:00November 4th, 2019|

The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) released a new tourism industry study, The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2019. The report highlights growing consumer demand for sustainable travel experiences and analyzes the role businesses and destinations play in mainstreaming responsible tourism. The report contends that while consumer demand for responsible tourism continues to [...]

14 10, 2019 Joins GSTC

2019-11-14T11:52:13+08:00October 14th, 2019|

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that, one of the world’s leading digital travel platforms, has officially joined as a member of GSTCs global network. Representing a wide range of tourism stakeholders, GSTC members are active drivers for sustainability in travel and tourism and contribute to the important work [...]

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