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GSTC - Setting Standards for Sustainable Tourism

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A presentation from PATA Laos and LANITH on GSTC and The GSTC Sustainable Criteria for Hotels & Tour Operators

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GSTC - Setting Standards for Sustainable Tourism

  1. 1. Setting Standards for Sustainable Tourism LANITH Symposium 14 February 2014
  2. 2. What is the GSTC?  The leading global authority for standards for sustainable travel & tourism  A unique organization, without competitors
  3. 3. What is GSTC? • An independent, non-profit, truly global organization supported by volunteer experts and supporters of sustainability in travel and tourism • Supported by diverse organizations:     The United Nations: UNWTO, UNEP, UN Foundation Private Sector: TUI, Sabre, Royal Caribbean, many more Trade Associations: ATTA, PATA, ASTA, ANVR NGOs: Rainforest Alliance, Conservation Int’l, many more
  4. 4. Why GSTC? • 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)
  5. 5. GSTC’s Core Activities: • Criteria for Sustainability • “Certify the Certifiers” • Destinations • Education & Training • Advocacy for sustainability in travel & tourism
  6. 6. GSTC Sustainable Criteria Overview • There are 2 sets of Criteria:  41 criteria for Destinations  37 criteria for Hotels & Tour Operators • 4 categories of criteria in each set:  Destination Management  Community Economic Benefit  Community Social Benefit  Environmental Protection
  7. 7. Certification Framework GSTC sets standards Certification Bodies become GSTC-Recognized Travel Retailers get certified as “sustainable”
  8. 8. The GSTC Sustainable Criteria for Hotels & Tour Operators
  9. 9. Demonstrate effective sustainable management • Long-term sustainable management system • Staff guidance and training
  10. 10. Demonstrate effective sustainable management • Compliance with international/local legislation • Compliance with local communal/indigenous rights
  11. 11. Demonstrate effective sustainable management • Building (design, construction, operation, demolition)  compliance with law and regulations  respect natural & cultural heritage  sustainable  accessible
  12. 12. Demonstrate effective sustainable management • Customer satisfaction • Accurate promotion • Natural & cultural heritage awareness
  13. 13. Social and economic benefits to the local community • Community development • Local goods and services • Local entrepreneurship
  14. 14. Social and economic benefits to the local community • Equal employment opportunities for  local people/minorities  women • Social protection and living wage • No exploitation, no harassment
  15. 15. Social and economic benefits to the local community • Respectful conduct with local communities • No restriction of local people access to  food/water  energy/housing  healthcare/sanitation  livelihood  transport
  16. 16. Benefits to cultural heritage • • • • Code of behavior for visits No illegal trade Protection & preservation Local art, architecture, culture
  17. 17. Benefits to the environment • Conserving resources  Sustainable purchasing policies  Less disposable goods  Energy consumption (& renewable energies)  Water consumption
  18. 18. Benefits to the environment • Reducing pollution  Greenhouse gas emissions  Wastewater  Waste  Harmful substances  Other kinds of pollution (noise, light, runoff, erosion, …)
  19. 19. Benefits to the environment • Conserving biodiversity, ecosystems and landscapes  Regulated consumption/trade of wildlife species  No illegal wildlife captivity  No introduction of invasive aliens species  Biodiversity conservation  Minimize disturbance for natural ecosystems
  20. 20. Next step - Adapt those standards to create our own sets of criteria, - Get recognized/approved by GSTC - Influence stakeholders to modify their practices and join the movment.
  21. 21. www.gstcouncil.org Thank you for your attention! Please support us – click on “Participate” to become a member!

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