16 July 2018 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Criteria for Thailand’s Community-Based Tourism Development, published by Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA), has achieved the ‘GSTC-Recognized Standard’ status. The Criteria for Thailand’s Community-Based Tourism Development (CBT Thailand) has been used as an important tool for continuous planning, operating and evaluating the outcome of community-based tourism development in Thailand.

5 July 2018 - The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has announced today the launch of the National Ecotourism Project that aims to position the UAE as a leading global ecotourism hub. In his speech at the press conference, held at MOCCAE headquarters in Dubai, His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said: “Over the past few years, the pioneering vision and directives of the UAE leadership have enabled the country to consolidate its leading global status across diverse sectors, with travel and tourism at the forefront.”

July 11, 2018 - Rwanda Development Board (RDB) revealed the Kwita Izina activity roadmap for 2018 at a press conference at Kigali Convention and Exhibition Village. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Conservation is Life’ and the naming ceremony will take place in Kinigi at the foothill of volcanoes, Northern Province on 7th September2018.
Kwita Izina, a uniquely Rwandan event, was introduced in 2005 with the aim of creating awareness of conservation efforts for the endangered mountain gorilla. 23 infant mountain gorillas will be named this year.

6 July 2018 - Kerala Tourism, the Indian state's Department of Tourism, announced plans to develop Kakkathuruthu (Island of Crows) in Alappuzha district as an eco-friendly tourist village. The place has been listed in National Geographic’s ‘Around the World in 24 Hours,’ a photographic tour of travel-worthy spots in the world. Kakkathuruthu is one of the main tourist destinations in Alappuzha and Kerala Tourism plans to develop the basic facilities here without disturbing the environment.

2 July 2018 - The African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism, H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid said that the Tourism industry employs over 21 million people in Africa, hence accounting for 6.5 per cent of the total workforce in the African continent.

The Commissioner made her remarks at the 61st United Nations World Tourism Organization Commission for Africa, Conference, in Abuja held under the theme “Tourism Statistics: A Catalyst for Development” from 4 to 6 June 2018.

July 5, 2018 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Green Destinations has achieved the ‘GSTC-Accredited’ status. The awarded status affirms Green Destinations’ commitment to promoting sustainable tourism products and services.

Green Destinations (GD) is a non-profit organisation of experts and destination ambassadors working in 80 countries. GD supports a large community of local, regional and country destination managers and stakeholders, enhancing destination sustainability, market visibility, and tourism quality. Green Destinations developed a complete, affordable and easy-to-use Assessment & Certification programme that fits the needs of both small and larger destinations. It is operated through an online Assessment & Reporting platform based upon the GSTC-Recognised Green Destinations Standard and the GD Database with data from 2000 destinations. The platform helps destinations to improve sustainability management and performance.

On June 27, IUF members at Marriott hotels around the world demonstrated in support of the call for concrete action by the world's largest hotel group to protect workers from the endemic sexual harassment which afflicts hospitality workers.

June 30, 2018 - The Adventure Angels are a lively group of adventuresome women who seek to inspire women entrepreneurs in adventure travel. Moldova is a small country in Eastern Europe north of the Balkans, sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Moldova emerged as its own country full of pride and potential. Natalia Curnic is a travel tourism entrepreneur from Moldova and is the proud recipient of the Adventure Angel Abundance Scholarship 2018. She will attend the Adventure Travel World Summit in Tuscany this October and will be able to share her unique vision of Moldova among other adventure travel professionals.

Madrid, Spain, 20 June 2018 – The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, called for the tourism sector to take more action to combat climate change and biodiversity loss during the 30th joint meeting of its Commissions for South Asia and Asia-Pacific in Fiji (18-20 June 2018).

The Lubombo TFCA is a cornerstone to the consolidation of the last naturally occurring elephant populations of the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa,and southern Mozambique, which historically moved freely across the border.

Maputo, 8 June 2018 – Two pristine reserves in southern Mozambique, Maputo Special Reserve and Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, are set for transformative tourism development. This follows from an agreement signed by the Mozambique Government and Peace Parks Foundation to jointly develop Maputo Special Reserve (MSR) and Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve (PPMR). The agreement is based on a strategic business plan, developed by both partners, and initial funding of $16 million donated by the Reinet Foundation, the Wyss Foundation and other private donors. The World Bank funded MozBio programme is also investing in the development of the Reserves.