New Sustainability Criteria for Destinations

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) recently announced the second phase of its new Destination Criteria.

Overseen by GSTC’s Destination Working Group and managed by NGO partner Sustainable Travel International, the GSTC is once again soliciting input and comments from all travel and tourism stakeholders on this exciting project, ensuring diverse feedback is collected.

GSTC.org

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s Criteria for Destinations are designed to orient destination managers, communities, and businesses toward the steps that are needed to sustain their natural and cultural assets, while benefiting local communities. The Destination Criteria complement the existing GSTC Criteria for Hotels and Tour Operators, which have become a worldwide standard for tourism businesses.

Based on the results of the first phase of this project, which included an international public call for feedback and pilot testing of the criteria in six Early Adopter Destinations around the world, the GSTC has revised and improved the Destination Criteria.

The new draft version is available for public consultation and input until February 15, 2013.

These comments, along with feedback received via early-adopter destinations, will inform a final version of the Destination Criteria.

More info: www.gstcouncil.org

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