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UN launches sustainable tourism criteria

United Nations Foundation founder Ted Turner announced the first ever global sustainable tourism criteria at the IUCN world Conservation Congress.

Joining with the Rainforest Alliance, the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the framework is based on thousands of best practice standards in use around the world. Developed to offer a common framework to guide the emerging industry of sustainable tourism and to help businesses, consumers, NGOs and education institutions to ensure that tourism helps local communities and the environment.

Turner said:

“Sustainability is just like the old business adage: ‘you don’t encroach on the principal, you live off the interest’. Unfortunately, up to this point, the travel industry and tourists haven’t had a common framework to let them know if they’re really living up to that maxim. But the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) will change that. This is a win-win initiative – good for the environment and good for the world’s tourism industry.”

Available at, the criteria focuses on four areas experts recommended as the most critical aspects of sustainable tourism; maximising tourisms social and economic benefits to local communities, reducing negative impacts on cultural heritage, reducing harm to local environments and planning for sustainability.

A group of 27 organisations working together, the Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) is working to foster increased understanding of sustainable tourism practices and the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles. Over the past 15 months the partnership consulted with sustainability experts and the tourism industry, reviewing more than 60 existing certification and voluntary sets of criteria already being used around the world.


  • sustainable Lake District hotels
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I stayed at The Langdale Estate last month who have just installed a biomass fueled boiler and who are also looking at further ways to be more sustainable.

  • Mike Brcic
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 1:34 am

    thanks for bringing this to my attention. As the owner of a tour company that is constantly working to become more sustainable, it’s nice to know that there is a new global set of criteria by which we can measure our progress.

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