The 1987 World Commission on the Environment For a summary of this meeting and outcomes, go to: http://www.wsu.edu/~susdev/WCED87.html Sustainable Tourism Events
Link to Agenda 21 Document Sustainable Tourism Events
So in summary… Sustainable tourism development meets the needs of present tourists and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunity for the future. It is envisioned leading to management of all resources in such a way that economic, social, and aesthetic needs can be fulfilled, while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity and life support systems. Sustainable tourism products are products which are operated in harmony with the local environment, community, and cultures, so that these become permanent beneficiaries, not the victims of tourism development…” (WTTC, WTO, Earth Council ) Sustainable Tourism…
Tourism providers and/or managers can use the GSTC as part of their process of identifying and assessing sustainability performance, both internally and externally.
Also, the GSTC Partnership is developing an accreditation program that will work with existing certification programs to align themselves with the GSTC and will accredit those that meet or exceed the GSTC and other procedural criteria.
Through the input of the Scoring System Development Working Group , the Partnership is also working to develop market access solutions to get sustainable products and services that are aligned with the GSTC to new markets.
Competition with existing Certification Programs?
The GSTC Partnership is a voluntary initiative and the criteria were designed as a way to harmonize and build credibility for existing certification and other programs .
And… The GSTC use common issues and themes that are globally relevant, measurable, and applicable to all sizes of accommodation providers and tour operators.
… They are designed as an input for certification and other programs to demonstrate credibility by aligning with a globally accepted and endorsed baseline standard.
The criteria are organized around 4 central themes. Click on the link below and search the web page for these 4 themes. When finished with the information on the link, minimize the screen. You will need it again later.
For the full criteria, click on the link below. Browse the themes point by point. Then return to the module. The following portion of the module will summarize the intent of each of the four themes of the GSTC.
Measures are taken to recognize, analyze, and then mitigate, manage, or eliminate all forms of pollutants.
Efforts are made to reuse, recycle, and reduce consumption of renewable and non-renewable resources. Renewable resources are substituted whenever possible. Green technologies are employed whenever possible.
Tourism enterprises that wish to adopt the standards set forth in the criteria will need to embrace a self-assessment strategy that follows the actions listed previously.
Any business enterprise is a dynamic entity that grows or dies with changing times. Tourism is no different. New information, research, products, technologies, and world events will always ensure that a sustainable tourism entity needs to remain alert and nimble in the face of opportunities and constraints. The GSTC will help them to do just that.
On the next slide you will find 2 links to web-pages that advertise a ‘green’ tourism offering. On a scale of one to five (one being low, five being high) rate both of these offerings in terms of what you understand about sustainability as measured by the intent and the content of the GSTC.