Travel council joins Global Sustainable Tourism Council

moab at night travel council photo
Downtown Moab at night. Photo courtesy of the Moab Area Travel Council

The Moab Area Travel Council has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council as a destination member, according to an email sent from Howard Trenholme, chair of the council’s advisory board.

The Moab Area Travel Council, directed by State code, seeks to improve the local economy by promoting, marketing, and supporting recreation, tourism, events, and conventions in a manner that educates all users to protect the beauty and scenery of our natural environment for future generations and stakeholders.

“Moab, home to Arches and Canyonlands national parks, is surrounded by some of the most stunning red rock landscapes on Earth. Moab’s unique combination of small resort town hospitality, beautiful scenery and the cool waters of the Colorado River has made it one of the most sought after destinations in the American Southwest,” reads the statement from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

“By 2025 the MATC will be the model in the United States of America for implementing sustainable tourism using the Global Sustainable Tourism Council Criteria,” said Elaine Gizler, executive director of the Moab Area Travel Council. “We will be recognized for promoting accessibility and producing educational materials that demonstrate positive changes in the preservation of our lands.”

“The community of Moab has exhibited a strong commitment to a holistic approach to sustainability. We look forward to the learning and sharing between their leadership team and our membership, ” says Randy Durband, CEO of Global Sustainability Tourism Council.

GSTC encourages destinations pursuing sustainability practices in development and management of tourism, to join as GSTC members and apply the GSTC Destination Criteria, which eventually can lead to being certified by a GSTC-Accredited Certification Body.

Here’s a link to a video featuring notable Moabites discussing local sustainability efforts: youtu.be/-hAPisuqHxE