GSTC - Global Sustainable Tourism Council

Travel and tourism account for around 10 percent of the world’s economic activity, and international tourism is forecast to grow to around 1.8 billion by 2030. The impact of travel and tourism on environments and host communities can be positive and negative, creating both opportunities and responsibilities.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) criteria are an effort to come to a common understanding of sustainable tourism and are the minimum that any tourism business should aspire to reach. They are organised around four main themes:

  1. Sustainable management
  2. Social and economic
  3. Cultural
  4. Environmental

Click here to download the GSTC criteria for hotels.

Click here to download the GSTC criteria for tour operators.

All criteria included in these standards are mandatory and you must comply with them before being able to become certified. If you want to know to what extent you currently comply with these standards, Control Union Certifications can perform a pre-assessment on your tourism enterprise. Alternatively, you can use the standard as a checklist to verify if all criteria are complied with. If you need more extensive, tailored support, we can connect you to partner consultancy organisations.