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GreenStep’s Sustainable Tourism Standard Becomes a GSTC-Recognized Standard

Wonderful news! Our Sustainable Tourism standard has officially become recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). This is an accomplishment we have been working towards for quite some time. We’re thrilled to finally be able to share the news! Our Sustainable Tourism standard is part of the broader Sustainable Tourism 2030 initiative, which provides …

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The Social, Environmental, and Economic Advantages of Virtual Events

This post originally appeared in the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s “TIAC Talk” November 2020 newsletter. By Angela Nagy At a time when industry conferences and events have gone virtual for the foreseeable future, how can we ensure that sustainability issues aren’t overlooked as just topics on the agenda? What advantages and opportunities has this …

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Sustainable Tourism Welcomes Prestige Hotels & Resorts

We recently welcomed Prestige Hotels & Resorts to the Sustainable Tourism family! With them, came all 15 of their properties, sprinkled throughout mainland British Columbia and on Vancouver Island. As you’ll read below, each Prestige property is uniquely different, but with 15 of them, there are lots of opportunities to align overarching sustainability goals and …

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How Sustainable Tourism Can Accelerate COVID-19 Recovery

This post originally appeared in the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s “TIAC Talk” October 2020 newsletter. By Angela Nagy For many in the tourism industry, sustainability is the last thing on people’s minds. More urgent priorities like solvency, staffing, and sheer survival are dominating the discourse and keeping thousands of tourism industry executives and small …

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Member Spotlight: Planet Bee Honey Farm & Honeymoon Meadery

We recently caught up with Olivia Nowek, Sales & Marketing Manager for Planet Bee Honey Farm, to learn more about what sustainability practices they have in place that sets them apart in the buzzing world of honey and honeybees. It is practically un-bee-lievable! Planet Bee Honey Farm is proudly Silver-level certified with Sustainable Tourism and …

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Member Spotlight: Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Tours

Eagle Wing Tours, based in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island, is an ecotourism company offering whale-watching and wildlife tours. They also engage in citizen science efforts and educational programming in the Salish Sea, along Canada’s Pacific Coast. Recently, they became Sustainable Tourism’s first-ever Platinum-certified member, for their sustainability efforts. Read on to learn more about …

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Energy Saving Tips For Tourism Businesses: Summer 2020 Edition

Disclaimer: This blog post originally appeared as two separate posts on the Sustainable Tourism blog (here and here). We’ve pulled elements from each to provide you with a summer-specific edition!  For many tourism-based businesses, summertime is the time! But with warmer temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere also comes increased energy consumption, through things like swimming …

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Carbon Footprint Reduction: 10 Tips to Draw Down (2020)

While there are many ways tourism businesses can reduce their carbon footprint within its operations, one of the biggest opportunities by far is related to transportation: as guests travel to your destination, as they enjoy their experiences, and even the travel choices made among your own staff. Transportation is the largest contributor to global warming, …

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How to Tell Your Sustainable Tourism Story

Do you have a sustainability story to tell? Evidence shows that you probably should, or you could be missing out on new customers. In this article, you will find 5 steps to building and sharing your authentic sustainable tourism story.  Research has shown that the majority of your customers want to protect the natural environment, …

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