The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is a global initiative dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism practices around the world. Momentum around this movement is growing. The GSTC is currently active in all UNWTO regions, including Africa, The Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, Europe and Middle East.
Representing a diverse and global membership – including UN agencies, leading travel companies, hotels, country tourism boards and tour operators – the GSTC serves as the international body for promoting the increased knowledge, understanding and adoption of sustainable tourism practices.
The GSTC fosters sustainable tourism through the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles; compiling, adapting and creating the tools and training to engage in sustainable tourism practices; and increasing the demand for sustainable tourism products and services.
At the heart of this work are the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, the minimum requirements that any tourism business should aspire to reach 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. The GSTC has a resource centre including the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Hotels and Tour Operators, and for Destinations.
Dr Anna Spenceley was a founding director of the GSTC, vice chair of the board, and chair of the Destinations Working Group between 2010 and 2012. Since re-elected to the board in 2017, she continues to participate on the Destinations Working Group, and is also a GSTC Trainer and formerly sat on the GSTC Accreditation panel.