We are excited to introduce GSTC as our event partner and to share they vision for sustainable tourism. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) establishes and manages global sustainability standards with the aim of increasing sustainable tourism knowledge and practices among public and private stakeholders.
At the heart of this work are the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s Sustainability Criteria. There are two sets of GSTC Criteria: Destination Criteria and Hotel & Tour Operator Criteria; in the course of 2016, the broader GSTC Industry Criteria will be issued.
GSTC vision is that tourism businesses and destinations should integrate sustainability standards in order to protect and sustain the world’s natural and cultural resources, while ensuring tourism meets its potential as a tool for conservation and poverty alleviation. Sustainability is imperative for all tourism stakeholders and must translate from words to actions.
For GSTC, events like the Global Green Destinations Day create an important momentum for the increasing number of tourism destinations that believe in sustainability not only for its ethical value, but also as a means to improve the quality of tourism experience and their positioning in an evolving market. Also, the Green Destination Standard used to select the top 100 Green Destinations is fully aligned with Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations. Certification with a programme recognized or approved by the GSTC is also an important factor for deciding the final list of 100 destinations.
GSTC and its global network of members and partners look forward to actively engage in the activities of the IYST. They believe that International Year of Sustainable Tourism is a milestone in the long journey of recognizing sustainable tourism as a sector that can contribute effectively to the development of countries, regions and communities and to the three dimensions of sustainable development, job creation and trade.