July 2016


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Raising awareness

The world behind your trip…

We go on holidays for pleasure, to discover new horizons, to relax, to meet people and to learn about different cultures. Most of the time, we are not aware that the choices we make for our holiday can have an impact on our destination and on the people that live there. We are often equally unaware of the implications of our travel for global environmental issues, especially climate change.

In this context, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism has initiated activities adressing the General Public to raise awareness Worldwide.

Key Partnership initiatives raising awareness worldwide

The Green Passport Campaign

The aim of this Green Passport site is to introduce you, the potential traveller, to some of the things you can do to help make tourism a sustainable activity, …


ESTC16: Tourism’s Role in Sustainable Community Development, plus Travelocity Promo Codes

The seventh annual Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), organized by The International Ecotourism Society, co-hosted by Kenya Tourist Board and the African Wildlife Foundation, and in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and IUCN Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group, will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from September 24th-27th, 2016.

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A leading platform for industry stakeholders engaged in ecotourism and sustainable tourism, the ESTC aims to strengthen commitment to the recent UN resolution, “Promotion of ecotourism for poverty eradication and environment protection”, which recognizes tourism’s role in sustainable community development efforts.

In honor of the UN International Year of Water Cooperation and of World …


European Summer School “Leadership and Management for Sustainable Tourism”

Leadership and Management for Sustainable Tourism” is the first High Level European Summer School to address one of the most important themes in the tourism industry: how to improve sustainable tourism project success and monitor the benefits of funded initiatives.

This International Summer School lasts 5 days and it has been designed to set up the new methodology and qualification PM4SD® “Project Management for Sustainable Development”, certified by APMG- International.
The 1st edition will take place from the 8th to the 12 th of July in Naples, and it will be hosted by the Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples, and organized in partnership by Jlag, NECSTouR, Leeds Metropolitan University and the Municipality of Frigento .
A wide panel of keynote speakers and a board including representatives of UNEP, the European Commission, EIB, GIZ, Euromed …


Webinar hosted by Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism

Project Development for Sustainable Tourism: A Step by Step Approach

Webinar hosted by: Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism
Date: Tuesday 10 September, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm (Paris), 8:00 pm (Bangkok),
8:00 am (Panama City), 9:00 am (Washington, DC)
Duration: 1 Hour
Participation: Free, based on first-come-first serve basis
Limit to 50

About Eileen Gutierrez, Senior Research Advisor to the George Washington University’s Institute for International Tourism Studies

Eileen Gutierrez is a sustainable tourism development professional with over a decade of experience at global, national, and community levels in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Eileen played a pivotal management role in the implementation of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Sustainable Tourism Alliance (GSTA).

As GSTA Program Manager and Senior Tourism Advisor for projects in Ethiopia, Mali, and Ecuador, Eileen coordinated operational and financial …


TripAdvisor announces the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program to help travelers find and book green hotels and B&Bs

With eco-conscious travel increasing in popularity and many properties finding ways to become environmentally friendly, TripAdvisor is making it easy for travelers to find and book green places to stay.

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, worked with the help of the United Nations Environment Programme and other green industry experts to create the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program. The program recognizes hotels and B&Bs for their environmentally friendly practices, from recycling and composting to green roofing and solar panels.

A hotel or B&B that meets the program’s criteria is highlighted with a green leaf badge on the TripAdvisor website. The green leaf badge helps these properties stand out to potential guests who care about going green. Travelers can click on this badge to see all of the green practices available at the property.

More than …



Sustainable, Resource Efficient Cities– Making it Happen!

sustainable making it happen

This publication aims to formulate a broader framework of integration which is required for cities to transition to sustainable, resource efficient development and to realise green urban economic growth trajectories that are equitable and sustainable. It frames the question of urban sustainability in a conceptual foundation and language that places human development objectives at the heart of urban sustainability transitions. It presents a set of policy positions and recommendations within a strategic framework that is derived from this understanding. It also includes case studies of (touristic) cities across the world.
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RIO+20 travel guide – English Version

Rio 20
Rio+20 will see hundreds of delegates flying to Brazil from across the world, filling the city’s hotels and traveling around the region; actions which could lead to a …