The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) establishes and manages globally recognized baseline standards founded on the four pillars of sustainable tourism: effective sustainability planning, maximizing social and economic benefits to the local community, reduction of negative impacts to cultural heritage and reduction of negative impacts to environmental heritage.

The GSTC Partnership has developed two standards to define the guiding principles and minimum requirements for socially, economically, culturally, and environmentally sustainable tourism around the world: the GSTC Criteria for Hotels and Tour Operators (GSTC C-HTO) and the GSTC Criteria for Destinations (GSTC C-D). Visit the GSTC Website for more information.

GSTC Accreditation Process

Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) are eligible to apply for GSTC Accreditation if they:

  • currently use a GSTC-Recognized Standard, or
  • are currently a GSTC-Approved CAB, or
  • will use the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and Indicators as the standard for certification (GSTC C-HTO and/or GSTC C-D).

All CABs must fulfill the requirements specified in the GSTC Accreditation Manual. In some cases, successful completion of an approved GSTC training course and examination are prerequisites to application.

Please find more information about GSTC Accreditation, including processes, documents and fees, here.