United States of America

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) establishes and manages global sustainable standards with the aim of increasing sustainable tourism knowledge and practices among public and private stakeholders. The GSTC is independent and neutral, serving the important role of managing its global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism. At the heart of the GSTC work are the two sets of GSTC Criteria: Destination Criteria (GSTC-D) and Hotel & Tour Operator Criteria (GSTC-H&TO).  These are the guiding principles and minimum requirements that any tourism business or destination 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's Integrity Program allows organizations that use sustainability standards to gain one of three levels of validation: GSTC Recognized, GSTC Approved, and GSTC Accredited. Membership is open to all interested parties and does not by itself imply endorsement by the GSTC of the policies and practices of the member organization.


Mr. Luigi Cabrini

Mr. Randy Durband