Synopsis: Türkiye became the first country in the world to sign an accord with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). This will help the country to make a mandatory national program in collaboration with GSTC.
The Tourism Ministry of Türkiye is all geared up to bring fundamental changes in its tourism sector for sustainable tourism industry. This will also help Türkiye to achieve the Paris Agreement goals. The government officials in the capital city of Türkiye, Istanbul is trying to bring modifications to the tourism policies to bring sustainability to the tourism industry.
Amidst the Covid-19 outbreak, the Türkiye Tourism Ministry also brought the Safe Tourism Certificate program. It became the first country in the world to sign an accord with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). This will help the country to make a mandatory national program in collaboration with GSTC.
The accord with the GSTC is for three years which means for the next three years Global Sustainable Tourism Council will restructure the tourism program. In the first stage of the agreement, the Council will make the plans and certain criteria will be determined. Then they will train the inspection firm.
The first stage of this program is expected to become operational in 2023. The second stage of the program will gradually be carried out in 2025. The final stage of the program will be concluded in 2030 after meeting all the international standards.
According to the council, the agreement with GSTC will help Türkiye to stand out as a competitor internationally and also help the country to catch up with the international tourist trends.
Greenhouse gas was the focus during the Paris Agreement and GSTC will help the countries to cut down on the carbon footprints generated by tourists. Less use of plastics and more renewable products will be prioritized.
A systematic plan is a need for a time for the tourism industry to reduce water and energy consumption as a whole. All these things can only be practiced with intensive efforts. Türkiye is the very first country to take this important decision on maintaining sustainable tourism.