A new designation has been afforded to the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation. It is now a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, joining other global tourism organizations committed to meeting global standards in sustainability in travel and tourism.
During last year’s COVID-19 global travel interruption, tourism officials invested in a series of capacity building and destination stewardship programs with the council that gave industry stakeholders nationwide the opportunity to establish destination stewardship councils which will implement the GSTC destination criteria.
Tourism and Aviation Minister Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar says the Bahamas sees it as a duty to maintain the health of the country’s environmental ecosystems and protection of its biodiversity for future generations, and its alignment with GSTC is an essential step in that journey.
Destinations like the Bahamas can eventually aim for being certified by a GSTC-accredited certification body as a sustainable tourist destination.