The Sustainable City Tourism Destination Standard for The Republic of Korea has achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized’ status. The standard is designed to apply the GSTC Criteria as universal principles into the context of cities in South Korea. The Suwon City Tourism Bureau plans to apply the standards first to their own internal sustainability practices, then seek partners to apply the Standard to other cities throughout the country.
GSTC-Recognized means that a sustainable tourism standard has been reviewed by GSTC technical experts and the GSTC Accreditation Panel in order to be deemed equivalent to the GSTC Criteria. Additionally, an organization that meets GSTC requirements must administer the standard. The purpose of the GSTC programs is to recognize and reward genuine practitioners of sustainable tourism, which in turn builds confidence and credibility with consumers.
“Suwon’s commitment to sustainable tourism goes far deeper than hosting our recent global conference,” says GSTC CEO Mr. Randy Durband. “The city intends to build upon current practices, which includes management of its World Heritage site, to broaden their tourism offerings and manage all according to establish sustainable principles.”
“Suwon has been putting much effort to become a sustainable city, both environmentally and socio-culturally. Now the standard will guide us to achieve sustainability in tourism.” Says Mayor of Suwon Mr. Yeom Taeyoung. “We will encourage other cities to join us to become sustainable tourism destinations. That is what we should do for a better life of both present and future generation. As members of GSTC, we would like to collaborate closely with GSTC and to contribute for a more sustainable world.”
To date, 29 standards have achieved GSTC-Recognized status. The completion of these step-wise programs rewards standard owners for their commitment to sustainability while offering the market benefit of proof that these national standards adhere to international norms.