Destination Stewardship Report – Introduction & Content Guide


This participatory e-quarterly, the Destination Stewardship Report, is a collaboration among (left to right) 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 dated links below show you what each quarterly looks like in your in-box. That email version holds the links to the individual stories. We are gradually adding them on this page as well. Every emailed issue also holds text blocks on Upcoming Events, Announcements and Webinars, Publications, and selections from the Destination Monitor.
You can subscribe for free here or read each issue on our webpages.

The Spring 2022 issue has now mailed. Feature stories are:

See the Spring 2022 link  for the complete issue.

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

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

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

  • Palau: A Conservation Culture
  • Localizing a Vermont Tour
  • Doing It Better: Pennsylvania Wilds, USA
  • Chelenko Opts for Sustainability
  • Human Encounters
  • Resources for Tourism Recovery
  • Webinar reports:
    • Overtourism’s Lessons for Tomorrow
    • Metrics and Supply Chains

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

  • The Nisga’a of B.C. Offer an Indigenous Tourism Model
  • Saving Cultural Heritage: The Singapore Hawkers Case
  • Doing It Better: Sedona Arizona
  • Once Overrun, Dubrovnik Plans for Sustainability
  • Opinion: A Chance to Tame Cruise Tourism
  • Japan’s Journey Toward Sustainability
  • New App Can Help Destinations
  • Webinar reports:
    • Measuring Destination Happiness
    • Future of Tourism Coalition’s “Reset Tourism” Webinar Series – Destination Stewardship

See the complete Issue here: 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

See the complete Issue here: 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

See the complete Issue here: 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.
  • 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.

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