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Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Overview - Updated March 2014



The GSTC is the leader in developing and managing global standards for what is called "sustainable" in travel and tourism. ...

The GSTC is the leader in developing and managing global standards for what is called "sustainable" in travel and tourism.

This presentation provides a brief overview of current activities. See also our website gstcouncil.org



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Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Overview - Updated March 2014 Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Overview - Updated March 2014 Presentation Transcript

  • Global StandardsGlobal Standards for Sustainability infor Sustainability in Travel & TourismTravel & Tourism GSTCGSTC
  • What is the GSTC? It is the leading global authority in setting and managing standards for what can be called “sustainable” in travel & tourism
  • Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Supporters include: –UNWTO, UNEP, UN Foundation –Rainforest Alliance, Conservation International –TUI Travel, Sabre, Fairmont, Caesars –PATA, ATTA, ASTA, ANVR –Travelife, Travel Weekly View slide
  • Demand is growing for sustainability • 1 in 2 consumers would be willing to book a more sustainable holiday if available (TUI Travel global research 2010) • 2 in 3 consumers would change their behavior on holiday to help the environment (TUI Travel global research 2010) View slide
  • Standards are Important -- Highest Level: 3rd-Party Certification by a GSTC-Recognized certifier -- 3rd-Party Certification -- 3rd-Party Verification -- Lowest level: Self-Assessment How sustainability is measured:
  • GSTC’s Core Activities: 1. Criteria for Sustainability  Hotel & Tour Operator Criteria - 2008, revised 2012  Destination Criteria - released Nov 2013 1. Recognition & Accreditation of Sustainable Certification Schemes – There are 140+ certification schemes worldwide – 19 of them are “Recognized” & 1 “Approved” by GSTC as of March 2014
  • GSTC’s Core Activities, continued: 3. Destinations – “Early Adopters” program 2012-13 – “Destination Partner Program” - new for 2014 – assessments, recommendations, training for sustainability – see www.gstcouncil.org/dpp 4. Education & Training – formal program to be released in 2014 5. Advocacy for sustainability in travel & tourism
  • • Created with the input of experts, groups and companies from around the planet. • Define sustainable tourism in a way that is actionable, measurable and credible. • A minimum standard of sustainability for tourism businesses and destinations across the globe. The Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria
  • Criteria Applicability • Worldwide applicabilityWorldwide applicability • Suitable for developed and developingSuitable for developed and developing countriescountries • For large and small businesses andFor large and small businesses and destinationsdestinations • For urban, rural, and natural areasFor urban, rural, and natural areas • Considering traditional and indigenousConsidering traditional and indigenous communitiescommunities
  • Certification Framework GSTC sets standards Certification Bodies become GSTC-Recognized -- CB’s can be non-profit, gov’t agencies, for-profits -- Travel Companies get certified as “sustainable” -- hotels, tour operators, sellers of travel – (by Certification Bodies, not by the GSTC)
  • www.gstcouncil.org Please support our efforts – click on “Participate” to become a member! Thank you for your interest!