Destination Stewardship Report


Introduction and Articles Archive

This participatory e-publication, the Destination Stewardship Report, is a collaboration among (left to right above) the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the Destination Stewardship Center, and CREST  – 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.    

Most DS Report feature stories have a long shelf life – still relevant long after publication. The links below take you to each issue, seen as it arrives in your in-box complete with links to the feature stories. In the e-mailed Report you will also see text blocks on Upcoming Events, Publications, Announcements and Webinars, and selections from the Destination Monitor.

You can subscribe for free here or read each issue on our webpages. If you don’t see the Report in your in-box, check whether your email platform has put it in Promotions or Spam.

Articles Archive 2020-2024


The January-April issue mailed at the end of April 2024.


The September-December issue emailed in November 2023,

The May-August issue emailed on 8 August 2023.

The January-April issue emailed on 17 April 2023.


The Autumn 2022 issue emailed first week of November.

The Summer 2022 issue emailed the first week of August.

See the complete Spring 2022 issue here.  Feature stories are:

See the complete Issue here: Winter 2022. Feature stories are:


See the complete Issue here: Autumn 2021. Feature stories are:

See the complete Issue here: Summer 2021. Feature stories are:

See the complete Issue here: Spring 2021. Feature stories are:

See the complete Issue here: Winter 2021. Report includes these featured stories:


See the complete Issue here: Autumn 2020. Report includes these featured stories:

See the complete Issue here: Summer 2020 – Inaugural Issue. Report includes these featured stories:

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

  • 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.
  • 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
  • About CREST The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) is a global nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC dedicated to increasing the positive global impact of responsible tourism. CREST provides evidence-based research and analysis to governments, policymakers, tourism businesses, nonprofit organizations, and international agencies to solve the most pressing problems confronting tourism, the world’s largest service industry.
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