Sustainable Tourism Expert Dr. Anna Spenceley Appointed to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Board of Directors

Portrait iSimangaliso June 2017Expert in sustainable tourism, Dr. Anna Spenceley, has gained a seat on the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Board of Directors.

Dr. Anna Spenceley was appointed to the GSTC Board of Directors, along with Ingunn Sørnes, and four re-elected board members: Jane Ashton, Beatriz Barreal Danel, Jorge Moller, and Melinda Watt.

“I’m thrilled to be back as part of the GSTC Board, and would like to thank all the GSTC members who supported my application,” Says Dr. Spenceley. “I’m looking forward to working with distinguished Board members, working groups, and members, to promote the positive impact that the GSTC has on sustainable tourism globally.”

“One of my first tasks is a Seychelles conference on ‘Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States’ in November. This is being organised in partnership with the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF), the University of Seychelles (Department of Tourism and Cultural Heritage), the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group), and the GSTC is a core partner, ” adds Dr. Spenceley.

Dr. Spenceley served one term previously on the GSTC Board as the Vice-Chair, and she currently serves on the GSTC Destination Stewardship Working Group, the GSTC Accreditation Panel, and is a GSTC Trainer.  Anna is Chair of the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group. She is also a Senior Research Fellow with the University of Johannesburg, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Brighton. Her publications include ‘The Responsible Tourism’ – an e-book which helps travellers find sustainable holidays – and edited the book volumes “Responsible Tourism: Critical issues for Conservation and Development” and “Tourism and poverty reduction: Impacts and principles in developing countries”.

About the GSTC

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) establishes and manages global sustainable tourism standards with the aim of increasing sustainable tourism knowledge and practices among public and private stakeholders. The GSTC is an independent and neutral nonprofit organization that establishes and manages global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism. The standards are two sets of GSTC Criteria: Destination Criteria and Industry Criteria, the minimum requirements for tourism businesses and destinations to pursue in order to protect and sustain the world’s natural and cultural resources, along with conservation and poverty alleviation. The GSTC represents a diverse and global membership, including UN agencies, leading travel companies, hotels, country tourism boards, tour operators, individuals and communities – all strive to achieve best practices in sustainable tourism.

See the GSTC post here


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