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GSTC in the media

1 07, 2019

Sustainable Sedona Tourism

2019-07-30T12:26:33+08:00julio 1st, 2019|

Jennifer Wesselhoff, President and CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, speaks about Sedona, Arizona's new sustainable tourism plan following their 2016 GSTC Destination Assessment. Sedona is applying the GSTC Criteria for Destinations, applying key tactics to keep their resident and visitor experience top-notch while the population *doubles* daily from tourism--a $1B business for Sedona. [...]

30 06, 2019

Sustainable Hospitality: Eco-Friendly Industry Trends and Tips for Hotels by Trivago

2019-07-30T11:05:11+08:00junio 30th, 2019|

What does it take to be recognized as an eco-friendly property? [...] the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the body that manages the global standards for sustainable travel and tourism, created The GSTC Industry Criteria and Suggested Indicators for Hotels in an effort to “come to a common understanding of sustainable tourism.” The idea is to [...]

20 06, 2019

9.2 million TUI customers stayed in hotels certified to a GSTC-Recognized standard (81% of TUI’s Hotels)

2019-07-03T17:40:09+08:00junio 20th, 2019|

TUI 2018 Sustainability Report: 9.2 million customers stayed in sustainable hotels certified to a GSTC-Recognized standard (81% of the hotels owned by TUI Group) TUI Group has just released its 2018 Sustainability Report with the progress on their goal to increase the number of hotels with sustainability certifications to accommodate 10 million customers a year [...]

5 06, 2019

Balancing Tourism and Sustainability across Asia

2019-06-27T13:12:08+08:00junio 5th, 2019|

“Closing beaches that have been overused wouldn’t need to happen today if yesterday there had been proper planning and execution of sustainable policies, plus enforcement of existing laws relating to waste management,” says Randy Durband, GSTC CEO. “The good news is that there is positive movement. The bad news is that much needs to be [...]

31 05, 2019

CNBC Writes About the GSTC Destination Criteria

2019-07-31T11:42:32+08:00mayo 31st, 2019|

"In order for a destination to be certified as sustainable, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council outlines a list of criteria. It ranges from supporting local businesses, to conserving natural resources, and encouraging visitors to participate in the community." Separately, places like Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park in Montana are following a similar [...]

2 04, 2019

GSTC Chair, Luigi Cabrini, comments on tourism in Brazil

2019-04-09T07:20:26+08:00abril 2nd, 2019|

GSTC Chair, Luigi Cabrini, comments on tourism in Brazil in two articles published on G1 (Rede Globo): Carros ameaçam dunas em Jericoacoara; veja problemas do turismo em 4 parques nacionais (30 March 2019) 'Efeito manada' nas redes sociais e 'economia disruptiva' podem estimular turismo predatório (1 April 2019) by Patrícia Figueiredo  

1 04, 2019

«GSTC has well-developed animal welfare activities» says a new academic journal article

2019-04-09T09:50:30+08:00abril 1st, 2019|

Trade associations as corporate social responsibility actors: an institutional theory analysis of animal welfare in tourism Abstract In this article we argue that most travel trade associations ignore their responsibility towards sustainable development broadly and animal welfare in particular. We analyse the development and implementation of animal welfare standards across 62 national and international [...]

26 03, 2019

The Sustainable Travelogue: Conversations from the GSTC 2019 Asia-Pacific Conference

2019-04-09T07:20:28+08:00marzo 26th, 2019|

The Sustainable Travelogue help to understand what sustainable tourism is, and why it matters. Join world traveler and tourism professional Kathy Eow as she talks with industry leaders and unsung trailblazers from around the world about their work helping us travel better, forever. Season one kicks off with conversations from The Global Sustainable Tourism [...]

8 03, 2019

Gender Equality on GSTC Board of Directors – According to Equality in Tourism International

2019-04-09T07:20:28+08:00marzo 8th, 2019|

According to the 'Sun, Sand, and Ceilings: Women in Tourism and Hospitality Boardrooms - 2018 Report' by Equality in Tourism International, the overall representations of women on travel and tourism companies/organizations boards has increased from 15% in 2013 to 23%. However, the representation of women on the GSTC Board of Directors is 50%. "Men are seen [...]

6 03, 2019

Hotel Yearbook 2020 Sustainable Hospitality Now Released

2019-04-09T07:20:28+08:00marzo 6th, 2019|

The "Hotel Yearbook 2020 – Sustainable Hospitality" has been released and is available online for free. Along the same lines as previous editions of the Hotel Yearbook, the 2020 Sustainable Hospitality edition gathers the thoughts and research from a wide-ranging group of senior executives, analysts, consultants and opinion leaders from all over the world [...]

15 02, 2019

NY Times Calls Travelers to look for GSTC-Accredited Certification Bodies: How to Be a Green Traveler

2019-04-09T07:20:29+08:00febrero 15th, 2019|

"The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) [accredits] certification programs for hotels and tour operators [...]. Travelers can visit their site to see lists of these programs, which include The Rainforest Alliance and Earth Check, and hotels that are [certified] will typically show a certification logo on their own websites and marketing materials." Read the full article: How to Be a Green Traveler by By Justin [...]

5 02, 2019

Skyscanner Recommends GSTC: How to be an eco-traveller (and still have it all)

2019-04-09T07:20:29+08:00febrero 5th, 2019|

"To find a destination that’s officially certified as taking sustainability issues seriously, visit the GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council) website." Read the full article: How to be an eco-traveller (and still have it all) by By Suzanne King on Skyscanner (February 4, 2019) Confused about the terms "certification", "recognition", "accreditation"? Watch this short video.

25 12, 2018

TTG Asia Editor’s Pick: Where is sustainability in travel & tourism headed? – by Randy Durband, GSTC CEO

2019-04-09T07:20:30+08:00diciembre 25th, 2018|

TTG Asia Editor's Pick: Where is sustainability in travel & tourism headed? - by Randy Durband, GSTC CEO What is sustainable tourism? How sustainable is travel and tourism? I’m asked these questions constantly in my leadership role at Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). To the first, our view at GSTC is that “sustainability is a [...]

29 10, 2018

Loved to death: tipping point to prevent popular destinations in Southeast Asia from being ruined

2019-04-09T07:30:34+08:00octubre 29th, 2018|

"With tourism arrivals tripling over the past two decades, the region has reached a tipping point in terms of its ability to prevent popular destinations from being ruined But wherever tourism is developed, it is critical to preserve both natural resources and local culture, says Mr Randy Durband, GSTC CEO." Read the full article: Loved [...]

12 10, 2018

The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2018

2019-04-09T07:30:34+08:00octubre 12th, 2018|

The Center for Responsible Travel has released its annual report, “The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2018.” This report provides the tourism industry with key examples and best practices for mainstreaming responsible travel and addressing the complex issue of overtourism. "Certification continues to play an important role among responsibly-minded businesses, with the [...]

9 10, 2018

Audubon: How Ecotourists Can Avoid Getting Greenwashed

2019-04-09T07:30:35+08:00octubre 9th, 2018|

"Look for seals of approval from Global Sustainable Tourism Council, The Long Run, and Rainforest Alliance; all of these groups factor energy and water use, as well as sustainability and improving the livelihoods of local people. " Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, emphasizes the importance of choosing accredited accommodations and operators. “Certification equals [...]

28 09, 2018

The Telegraph Article About Bhutan, with GSTC CEO, Randy Durband, Quoted

2019-04-09T07:30:35+08:00septiembre 28th, 2018|

"Today, tourism is second only to hydropower in terms of revenue. Happily, the demand for guides and drivers creates employment and provides income opportunities via the sale of handicrafts, etc. Moreover, US$65 of the US$250 fee goes to the government who in reinvest it into free education and healthcare for citizens. But some are [...]

10 09, 2018

Thailand Minister of Tourism & Sports: «it is more crucial to focus on the GSTC index for further development»

2019-08-06T22:17:24+08:00septiembre 10th, 2018|

Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Thailand Minister of Tourism & Sport, and Mr. Randy Durband, GSTC CEO In a recent article in The Nation, Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Thailand Minister of Tourism & Sports, said: “We seem to agree that the head counts of foreign tourists or their expenditure are not the top priority. So, targets like 36 [...]

10 08, 2018

TUI Says Sustainability Certified Hotels Result in Better Client Experience

2019-04-09T10:13:30+08:00agosto 10th, 2018|

"Hotel sustainability certification is driving savings and increasing customer satisfaction levels, according to Tui research. But it is a challenge 'to get the message to customers' and awareness is hampered by the inaction of leading online travel agents (OTAs) that fail to identify certified hotels." "Certified hotels also recorded higher customer-satisfaction scores. The hotels were [...]

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