1. Introduction to the Public Consultation for GSTC Accreditation Manual v.2.0.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council is currently revising its Destination Accreditation Manual from version 1.2 to version 2.0. As part of this process, we invite you to participate in a public consultation to provide your comments and feedback on the draft of the Accreditation Manual For Destination Certification Bodies v.2.0.

The content of the Manual has undergone substantial revision, marked by notable transformations. Presented hereinbelow are the salient revisions for your perusal.

Section 16. Expiration and Renewal Process, which addresses expiration and renewal processes in version 1.2, is replaced with 7. Accreditation Expiration and Renewal in Version 2.0.

The following sections which take place in version 1.2, 5. Impartiality and Conflict of Interest, 8. Information and Confidentiality, 9. Certification Process, 10. Renewal, Monitoring and Termination of Certification, 11. Appeals and Complaints, and 12. Management System have been combined and extended in Version 2.0, Section 8. Conformity with GSTC Requirements.

Section 7. Professional Capacity in Version 1.2 was divided into three sections which are: 9. Personnel Competence Criteria, 10. Auditor Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills, and 11. Reviewers and Certification Decision Makers: Qualification, Knowledge, and Skills and the requirements have been extended.

Sections 12. Eligibility for Destination Certification and Steps, 13. Ineligibility for Destination Certification, 14. Requirements for Sustainable Destination Management Verification, 15. Requirements for Destination Certification, 19. Level of Requirement, Annex A - GSTC Checklist: Certification Scheme – Certification Body Framework (Normative) and Annex B - Outline of the content of GSTC’s Training for Auditors (Normative) are newly added in Version 2.0.

We invite all stakeholders, including tourism businesses, civil societies, government bodies, and the public, to participate in the Public Consultation for the GSTC Accreditation Manual For Destination Certification Bodies v.2.0.
How to Participate in the Public Consultation:
1. Visit the GSTC Website to obtain information:
Access the consultation materials, including the document highlighting significant changes in the GSTC Accreditation Manual v.2.0.
2. Provide feedback via the online survey:
Share your insights, suggestions, and or feedback.
3. Timeline: The Public Consultation is open for 100 days from May xxth, 2024 to August xxth, 2024.

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* 1. Your affiliation.

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* 2. Name of your organization.

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* 6. Where are you located?