touchstone for tourism businesses
10YFP STP Portfolio: Interview with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council: Pushing sustainability for global tourism – The GSTC Criteria as a touchstone for tourism businesses and destinations
Since 2007, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has been operating as a worldwide coalition that aims to foster understanding of sustainable tourism practices, using the GSTC Criteria as the framework for universal sustainable tourism principles.
The GSTC Criteria, which serve as the foundation for GSTC’s role as the global Accreditation Body for Certification Programs for sustainable accommodations, tour operators, and destinations, is centered around four sustainability pillars: sustainable management, socio economic impacts, cultural impacts and environmental impacts. There are currently two sets of GSTC Criteria – the GSTC Industry Criteria, composed of two subsets of performance indicators for hotels and tour operators; and the GSTC Destination Criteria, focused on the sustainable management of tourism destinations. GSTC does not directly certify any products or services; it accredits Certifica ion Bodies using the GSTC Criteria or their own “GSTC-Recognized” standards to certify and have verified to GSTC the neutrality and competence of their certification programs.
In an exclusive interview, GSTC Chief Executive Office and focal point of GSTC in the 10YFP STP MAC, Randy Durband shares the progress of the GSTC Criteria in improving SCP in destinations around the world, their impacts on policy development, and strategies employed by the organization to foster closer multi-stakeholder collaboration.