“Fortunately, it’s not a new term, and there’s real criteria associated with being considered a sustainable travel outfit. Since 2008, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has been updating criteria that aim to “serve as the global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism.” ”

“I encourage everyone to visit www.gstcouncil.org to review the criteria for hotels and tour operators, as well as the standards for destinations. The two sets of best practices highlight that sustainable tourism maximizes social and economic benefits for the local community, enhances cultural heritage and reduces negative impact to the environment.”

Read the full article: What Is the Real Definition of Sustainable Travel, Anyway? by Mindy Poder on TravelAge West Magazine (March 8, 2020)