Destination Stewardship Report – Introduction & Content Guide

This participatory e-quarterly, the
Destination Stewardship Report,
is a collaboration between the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the Destination Stewardship Center  – and in time, maybe others. Our goal is to provide information and insights useful to anyone whose work or interests involve destination stewardship. It’s an all-volunteer experiment, so its success will depend on your interest, feedback, and content contributions. Join us, and help each other.
     Here’s what the quarterly e-newsletter looks like in your in-box. Note that most feature stories have a long “shelf life” – still relevant long after publication. You can subscribe for free here or read each issue on our webpages. Issues to date:

Spring 2021 – Coming soon.

Our Winter 2021 Report includes these featured stories:

  • Riviera Maya’s Queen of Green by Dr. Jonathon Day
  • Even in Affluent Norway, Innkeepers Have Struggled by Arild Molstad
  • Namibia’s K-H conservancy: Our 5th “Doing it Better” profile by Jonathan Tourtellot
  • Overtourism and Undertourism in Protected Areas by Dr. Anna Spenceley
  • A Taiwanese Island Boosts Tourist Capacity – Sustainably by Monique Chen
  • Neolocalism and Tourism by Dr. Christina Cavaliere

Our Autumn 2020 Report includes these featured stories:

  • The Greening of Gritty Ulsan, South Korea by Dr. Mihee Kang and Seok Yoon
  • 10 Ways to Reset Your Tourism Model Post-Covid by Florian Kaefer
  • Pandemic Tourism Brings Surprises to Serbia by Ivana Damnjanović
  • Columbia Gorge: Our 4th “Doing it Better” profile by Jacqueline Harper
  • Mallorca Tries to Tame Tourism by Daza Garcia
  • How Data Science Can Help Destinations by Irene Lane

Our Summer 2020 – Inaugural Issue Report includes these featured stories:

  • In Italy’s Dolomites, a “Future Lab” Inspires DMO Innovation by Marta Mills
  • Engaging Gateway Communities for a U.S. National Park by Kelly Bricker
  • Crete Needs to Restore Its Gastronomic Heritage by Nikki Rose
  • A1: GSTC’s criterion on destination management – its context and importance by  Randy Durband and Jonathan Tourtellot
  • Anna Maria Island Offers a Model for Sustainable Stewardship by David Randle
  • The Elaborate Process of Revising GSTC’s Destination Criteria by Kelly Bricker and Richard and Jackie Denman

For more information and participation please contact us.  —Jonathan Tourtellot, Editor

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  • About  the Global Sustainable Tourism Council  GSTC establishes and manages global sustainable standards, known as the GSTC Criteria. There are two sets: Destination Criteria for public policy-makers and destination managers, and Industry Criteria for hotels and tour operators. The GSTC Criteria form the foundation for accreditation of certification bodies that certify hotels/accommodations, tour operators, and destinations as having sustainable policies and practices in place. GSTC does not directly certify any products or services; but it accredits those that do. The GSTC is an independent and neutral USA-registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that represents a diverse and global membership, including national and provincial governments, NGO’s, leading travel companies, hotels, tour operators, individuals and communities – all striving to achieve best practices in sustainable tourism. www.gstc.org
  • About the Destination Stewardship Center  The DSC is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the world’s distinctive places by supporting wisely managed tourism and enlightened destination stewardship. We gather and provide information on how tourism can help and not harm the natural, cultural, and social quality of destinations around the world. We seek to build a global community and knowledge network for advancing this goal. Join us and learn more at www.destinationcenter.org.

About Jonathan Tourtellot

CEO, Destination Stewardship Center; Editor, Destination Stewardship Report; Principal, Focus on Places LLC; founding Director, former Nat Geo Center for Sustainable Destinations