Costa Rica Joins GSTC
The Costa Rican Tourism Board (Instituto Costarricense de Turismo) has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).
William Rodríguez, Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica, said: “We are honoured to become a GSTC member country, an organization with which Costa Rica shares the vision of sustainable tourism development that has earned us the status of a global benchmark. We are confident that we can enrich each other and join forces to ensure that sustainability policies and practices advance in the travel and tourism sector.”
Randy Durband, GSTC CEO, said: “Costa Rica has long been a leader in having a good national program in place to engage and encourage their tourism industry’s upward march toward sustainability. As such, we’re proud to engage with them to pursue further stages of sustainable tourism.”
While Jorge Moller, GSTC LATAM Program Director, noted that: “Leadership brings together the GSTC and Costa Rica. What a good combination to show the world that sustainable tourism is a reality that can be accomplished by a country that generates sustainable development for its inhabitants and also for visitors. Latinoámerica is on a good journey … En buena hora.”
GSTC encourages destinations pursuing sustainability practices in tourism development and management to join as GSTC members and apply the GSTC Destination Criteria, which eventually can help achieve certification by a GSTC-Accredited Certification Body.