Top News GSTC, WTTC to advance hotel sustainability standards By TTG Asia / Posted on 20 October, 2023 10:42 Earthcheck is a tourism advisory and certification group developed by the Sustainable Tourism CRC The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) have entered into a partnership that will result in a structured framework for hotel sustainability that leads to GSTC Certification. The partnership endorses the existing WTTC Hotel Sustainability Basics, which is a three-year programme. GSTC endorses the WTTC Hotel Sustainability Basics and paves the way for a stepped progression toward GSTC Certification for sustainable hotels Both organisations intend to send a potent message to the market regarding the coherence and collaboration in the travel and tourism sector. The three-stage framework for hotel sustainability will now see the integration between the WTTC Hotel Sustainability Basics verification and GSTC Certification, designed to support hotels in their pathway towards full sustainability. Julia Simpson, WTTC president and CEO, said: “Collaborating with an esteemed body like GSTC reinforces our dedication to leading the industry towards a more sustainable future. It’s imperative that we work with key global players like GSTC to drive change, set benchmarks, and inspire others to follow. With members spanning across the world, GSTC’s rigorous accreditation programme not only elevates our initiative but also ensures that the hospitality sector worldwide moves toward a unified vision of sustainability.” The next phase in collaboration with GSTC is scheduled to launch in 2024.