GSTC & Green Destinations Assessment

Are you considering participating in the Green Destinations Award & Certification Program? The GD Interactive Assessments enable you to scan the conformity of your destination’s policy and management to the GSTC-Accredited GD Standard  through two different tools:

Green Destinations Assessment

Why use this tool?

 You wish to learn about and make progress on the principles of the GSTC-Recognised GD Standard and identify key actions to maximise benefits and minimise the risks and impacts of tourism. You wish to create awareness, engagement or involvement among your management team, key stakeholders and local community.

How does it work?

You will be working online with one of our experts who will invite you to report what your destination does in relation to the criteria of the GD Standard. You can upload relevant policy documents and reports (on implementation progress) to our reporting & assessment platform. This enables our experts to make an initial desk assessment of how well your strategy and actions are aligned to the principles of the GD Standard.

Additionally, there is an onsite option whereby a GD expert can prepare a tailor-made program for a visit of at least four days to the destination, aimed at promoting stakeholder engagement, training, capacity building and the presentation of relevant tools of the GD START Toolkit. This visit can also include stakeholder and expert interviews to improve the assessment report.

What are the outcomes of it?

You will receive an assessment report presenting: 

  • An overview of key steps and actions to increase benefits and minimise the risks and impacts of tourism, with the overall aim to make progress on the principles of the GSTC-Recognised GD Standard.
  • An overview of criteria for which the destination is well, less or not aligned to the GD Standard.
  • An overview of steps that will have to be taken to prepare the destination for an award or certification audit.
  • Assessing local risks of new energy sites.

GSTC Destination Standard Assessment

Why use this tool?

You wish to identify key actions to become recognised as a sustainable tourism destination at the highest possible global level. In the future you may consider certification against the GSTC or the Green Destination Standard.

How does it work?

One of our experts will contact you to discuss the most suitable option for you:

  • a Rapid assessment (through interviews during about 2 days); 
  • an Online reporting followed by video calls and interviews of stakeholders, and an interactive assessment led by our expert)
  • an On-site assessment visit with stakeholder meetings and interviews.

What are the outcomes of it?

The result is an Assessment Report presenting:

  • An overview of key steps and actions to increase benefits and minimise the risks and impacts of tourism, with the overall aim to make progress on the GSTC Destination Standard.
  • An overview of GSTC-criteria for which the destination is well, less or not aligned.
  • An overview of steps that will have to be taken to prepare the destination for an award or certification audit.

GET IN TOUCH!

Interested DMOs and tourism practitioners are invited to contact our team by email through

start@greendestinations.org