About GSTC and Green Destinations
Green Destinations Certification Programs for Destinations are structured by Green Destinations Standard, recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and offers GSTC-Accredited certification to sustainable destinations in recognition of destination management.
“Obtaining GSTC-Accreditation affirms Green Destinations’ effort in complying with the highest international standards in order to establish and offer awards and certification programs.” – GSTC
The GSTC-Recognised Green Destination Standard covers a set of criteria to measure, monitor and improve sustainable destinations efforts.
Our GSTC-Accredited Certification Programs
Green Destinations’ Certification Program enhances destinations’ sustainability and quality, along with its visibility worldwide. Some benefits of our program are:
- Continuous and comprehensive assessment and improvement of a destination’s sustainability ‘performance’
- Accredited independent recognition of a destination’s efforts, achievements and positioning as a place that takes good care of its environment, people and culture
- The use of GSTC and Green Destinations Certification logos
- Promotion of the destinations across Green Destinations’ social media, website, and Good Travel Guide platform
Our GSTC-Recognized Standard
The Green Destinations Standard (V2) is a GSTC-recognised set of criteria to measure, monitor and improve the sustainability policy and management of destinations and regions. It makes sustainable development concrete, objective and demonstrable. In 2020, the 1st GD Standard (developed in 2016) was updated based on consultation with the GD Partnership and re-aligned with the GSTC Destination Criteria V2 – prolonging its ‘GSTC Recognised Status’ in 2021.