The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has become a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, which establishes and manages global standards for sustainable travel and tourism, known as the GSTC Criteria.
SPTO’s membership in the GSTC will complement the work of the organization in moving forward particularly in relation to the newly developed Pacific Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework and the Pacific Tourism Statistics Strategy.
“GSTC membership is important for SPTO as we continue to look ahead to post- pandemic tourism and how we would like for that to look”, said SPTO CEO, Christopher Cocker.
“If this pandemic has taught us anything it is that we cannot simply revert to the way things were. We must build a resilient tourism industry and in order to do that, we must develop and maintain sustainable practices. GSTC membership will add value to SPTO’s membership and regional recovery efforts post COVID-19”, he said. Last year SPTO’s Sustainable Tourism & Research Division provided financial support to representatives from the national tourism offices of the Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Vanuatu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands to undertake a month-long training offered by the GSTC. The training offered practical insights and effective steps to improving sustainability practices and enabled participants to develop viable and actionable sustainable tourism policies and practices at both the national and organisational levels. As part of the partnership, SPTO will continue to pursue further training for its Member Countries.
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