📒 Assessment Questions

Instructions

The assessment includes all of the questions that are that are part of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) destination criteria. With those particularly questions there is a link to the specific GSTC criteria and examples of the kind of evidence you might provide in your descriptions, attachments, or website url links.

In some cases the assessment asks for data. In those cases it is followed by a request for the source of your data. A source may be a website url link or the name title and contact info for the source of the data.

All questions in the assessment need to be answered before proceeding to the next step of completing the online sustainability management plan.

Legend of Requirements

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✍️ Provide Description

💬 Source or Reference

🔗 Provide Link

🔢 Provide Number

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Destination Community

Contact Information for Sustainable Tourism Community and/or

Name or Representative:

Please enter contact email:

Please enter contact phone:

Address of Community:

Street Address :

Street Address Line 2 :

City :

State / Province :

Postal / Zip Code :

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Brief Description of Sustainable Tourism Services:

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Website Address:

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What is the website for the tourist promotion of your community?

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Sustainability Management

How are sustainability concerns communicated to tourism related enterprises?

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A-4

Does the community have a plan to monitor and manage visitor movement and activity and increase or reduce them at certain times or locations to better balance the needs of the local economy, community, cultural heritage, and environment?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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A-8

Does the community have a risk, and crisis management plan appropriate to the community including key elements communicated to visitors, residents, and the business community.

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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A-11

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Tourism Satisfaction

Do you provide guests with the opportunity to rate the value of services received?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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A-6

Do you provide stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback on their concerns and satisfaction with sustainable tourism management?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

If yes,✍️

A-5

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Tourism Promotion

What is the website for your tourist promotion of your community or destination?

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A-7

How many tourism businesses have sustainability plans linked to the Destination or community plan?

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A-4

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Socio Economic Sustainability - B1

What is the average number of room nights for guest stays?

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What is the number of tourists / guests in your community on a peak night?

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What is the total population of permanent residents in your community?

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What is the total number of local people employed in tourism?

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What is the number of men employed in your community?

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What is the number of women employed in your community?

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Do you collect and provide data on how tourism has helped bring new services and infrastructure to the community?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

If you answered Yes, please ✍️ .

Please list activities and initiatives in the community to improve the health and well being of the residents.

✍️ List

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What are the major infrastructure improvements that tourism brought to the community?

✍️ List

Please list the top five major social services attributed to the economic benefits derived from tourism.

✍️ List

Does the Community provide opportunities and training in tourism?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

B-2

What percent of the salaried employees and what percent of the full time hourly employees (at least 32 hrs a week) are paid a living wage. In the U.S. communities can refer to the living wage calculator to determine the living wage. For other communities, a living wage is defined as: a wage that, at a minimum, supports standard of living at least 20% above the poverty level in a given locality.

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B-2

Does the Community have programs or incentives to encourage the use of local supply chains, purchase of fair trade products, and other sustainable investment.

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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B-3

Does The Community have a program to encourage enterprises, visitors, and the public to contribute to its sustainability initiatives. -

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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B-4

Does the community uphold international standards on human rights including laws, practices or code of conduct to prevent and report human trafficking, sexual exploitation, discrimination, and harassment against anyone particularly children, adolescents, women, LGBT and other minorities?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

Please ✍️ laws, practices, and enforcement

B-5

Does the community have laws and regulations regarding property rights to record and document acquisitions and to protect assess to key resources, and protect indigenous rights where applicable?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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B-6

Does The community have a system to monitor, prevent, publicly report, and respond to crime, safety, and health hazards that address the needs of both visitors and residents?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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Does the community when practical provide accessibility to facilities and services, including those of natural and cultural importance, to persons with disabilities and others who have special requirements or other special needs?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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B-8

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Tourism Seasonality

What is the total number of employment for the community outside of tourism?

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Percent of revenues generated by tourism?

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What is total occupancy level (tourist arrivals) by month?

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What is the average annual tourism occupancy?

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How many enterprise establishments are there in the community?

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How many enterprise establishments are open year round?

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What is the number of full-time, year round jobs in the community?

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What is the number of temporary jobs in the community?

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Cultural Sustainability

Does the Community have a policy and system to evaluate, rehabilitate, and conserve cultural assets including both built heritage and landscapes?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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C-1

Does the Community have laws that govern the proper sale, trade, display, or gifting of historical and archeological artifacts and are such laws enforced and publicly communicated to business and visitors?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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C-2

Does the Community support the celebration and protection of intangible cultural heritage including but not limited to art, music, language, gastronomy, and other aspects that give the community a unique sense of place?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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C-3

Does the Community monitor, protect, and when necessary rehabilitate or restore local community access to natural and cultural sites?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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C-4

Are the information provided to inform visitors culturally appropriate, developed with community collaboration, and communicated in languages pertinent to visitors and residents?

🔢Number

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Please upload📤️ sample information and/or insert url link.

C-4

Does the Community have a system to contribute to the protection and preservation of intellectual property rights of communities and individuals?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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C-5

Does the Community have a system for the management of visitors within and around cultural sites, which takes account of their characteristics, capacity and sensitivity, and seeks to optimize visitor flow and minimize adverse impacts?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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C-6

Does the Community provide accurate material to inform visitors of the significance of the cultural and natural aspects of the sites they visit?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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C-7

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Environmental Sustainability

Energy

What is the total energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh) from all sources?

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D5

How much energy in kWh is generated from renewable resources in the community?

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D5

What is the total annual amount of GHG emissions generated in your community per year?

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D10

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Water

What is the annual volume of freshwater consumed in liters?

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D6

What percentage of freshwater is reclaimed annually?

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D6

What is the percentage of tourism establishments with water treated to international potable standards?

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Does the Community monitor water quality for drinking, recreational, and ecological purposes and have a system to respond to any water quality issues in a timely manner?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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D7

What is the frequency of water-borne diseases: number/percentage of visitors reporting water-borne illnesses during their stay?

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What is the daily average water use per person per day in liters?

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Wastewater & Solid Waste

What is the percentage of sewage from site receiving treatment (to primary, secondary, (wastewater management) tertiary levels)?

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D8

What is the percentage of tourism accommodations using sewage treatment systems?

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D8

What is the volume of waste produced by the community (tonnes) annually?

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D9

What is the volume of waste recycled (tonnes) per year?

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D9

What is the volume of waste to landfill (tonnes) per year?

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D9

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Land Use

Does there exist a land use or development planning process, including tourism, and provisions for monitoring the plans Implementation? 

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

A9, D1

What is the percentage of area subject to control (density, design, etc.)?

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A9, D1

What percent of the community land area is set aside for biodiversity conservation?

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A9, D1

Are there plans in place to protect biodiversity and monitor the plans effectiveness? 

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

Please ✍️ plans to protect biodiversity,

A9, D1

Does the Community have a system for the management of visitors within and around natural sites, which takes account of their characteristics, capacity and sensitivity, and seeks to optimize visitor flow and minimize adverse impacts?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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D2

Does the community have a system to ensure compliance with local, national, and international laws and standards for wildlife interaction and to ensure animal welfare and conservation of animal species?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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D-3, D4

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Buildings

Is an environmental Impact Assessment Required before new construction?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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Are there energy efficiency standards for new construction or redevelopment? 

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

Please ✍️

Are there disaster reduction standards for new construction or re- development, (hurricane, flood plane, tornado, earthquake, etc.)? 

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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Does the community have guidelines and regulations to minimize light and noise pollution?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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D12

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Transportation

What is the total number of people who use mass transit each year?

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How many kilometers of dedicated bike TRAILS are in the destination?

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How many kilometers of designated bike lanes are in the community?

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How many kilometers of of pedestrian trails are in the community?

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What is the number of vehicles owned and operated within the Community?

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What is the number of hybrid, electric, or energy efficient vehicles owned and operated in the community?

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Plastic Reduction

How many tourist businesses within the community refrain from using single use plastic bags?

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How many tourist businesses within the community refrain from using plastic straws?

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How many tourist businesses within the community refrain from using plastic lids?

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Organic & Local Food

Does the community participate in programs to source food locally?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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Does the community participate in programs to compost food waste?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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Are there farmers markets or local food cooperatives that serve as a resource for the community?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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Sustainable Seafood

Is seafood caught locally?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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What percent of seafood sold in restaurants and stores is caught locally?

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Do restaurants in the destination advertise and offer seafood that is caught locally?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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Habitat & Ecosystem Protection / Enhancement Programs

Please provide a description of current habitat protection/restoration/enhancement programs.

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Does the Community have a program to protect threatened and endangered species?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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What percentage of land within the community is dedicated to parks and/or open space?

🔢Number

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Does the community participate in any Tree Planting or Reforestation programs? 

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

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Clean Marinas

How many marinas are in your community?

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How many marinas in your community are certified as Clean Marinas?

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Education

What is the annual number of people reached through environmental or sustainability education programs in your community?

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A5

List the top for groups or organizations in the community providing sustainability education.

List of Organizations

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Planetary Boundary Policy

Do any policies and/or programs exist at your community to become a net zero carbon community?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

If yes, please ✍️

A-10

Are there any policies and/or programs designed to encourage mass transportation for all guests activities once they arrive at the resort or community?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

If Yes, please ✍️

A-10

Does your community offer any carbon offsets for all travel of guests once they reach the community?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

If yes, please ✍️

A-10

Does your community offer any carbon offsets for guest activities that require the use of non-resort transportation?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

If yes please ✍️

A-10

Does your community have a policy and/or program to not use ozone depletion substances?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

If yes upload 📤️ policy

Does your community have a policy and/or program in place to reduce air pollution and/or improve air quality?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

If yes upload 📤️ policy

What is the yearly average for local Air Quality Index of the community or local areas?

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What are the yearly highs and lows for Air Quality Index (AQI)?

🔢Number

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Does your community have a policy and/or program in place to protect and enhance ecosystems for biodiversity?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

If yes please ✍️

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Does your community have a policy and/or program in place to reduce or not use any toxic chemicals?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

If yes, please upload 📤️ policy.

Does your community have a policy and/or programs in place to not deplete aquifer levels or endanger community fresh water supplies?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

If yes please ✍️

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Does your community have a policy and/or program in place to prevent tree loss and encourage the planting of native trees when practical?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

If yes, please ✍️

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Does your community have a program in place to reduce fertilizers that contain phosphates or nitrates?

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

If yes, please ✍️

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Are there plans in place to protect threatened or endangered species? 

👍️ Yes / 👎️ No

If yes, please ✍️

What is your communities best sustainable tourism success story to date?

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Sustainability Management Plan

Note that the following will not be part of the online assessment but will be required for satisfactory completion of the online sustainability management plan. I include the information below to show how additional GSTC criteria is included and measured.

A-1 - Management Team listed in Sustainability Plan

A-2 - Evidence is the online plan itself with options for each stakeholder to link there plan to the larger Community plan. Each plan has to have a minimum of one Outcome, one Action Plan, and one Indicator for ten different categories and/or the 17 SDG’s

A-3 - Online software includes a feature for monitoring

A-4 - Online software has a feature for enterprises to link their sustainability plan to that of the Community.

A-10 - One of the ten principles of one planet living is zero carbon. In addition Goal 13 of the SDG’s is on climate change. One or both of these has to be addressed in the online plan to be acceptable.

B-4 - Evidence is the number of enterprises who link their sustainability plan to that of the Community plan. The software provides for that opportunity.

D-5 - Plan needs to include a least one goal, action plan, and indicator for energy consumption.

D-6 - Plan needs to include a least one goal, action plan, and indicator for water conservation.

D-7 - Plan needs to include a least one goal, action plan, and indicator for water quality

D-8 - Plan needs to include a least one goal, action plan, and indicator for wastewater.

D-9 - Plan needs to include a least one goal, action plan, and indicator for waste reduction

D-10 - Plan needs to include a least one goal, action plan, and indicator for GHG emissions

D-11 - Plan needs to include a least one goal, action plan, and indicator for transportation.

GSTC Criteria