Izmir Metropolitan Municipality became a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer stated that thanks to this membership, the city has taken another significant step in the field of sustainable tourism and that works in harmony with nature and the environment will be introduced to the world as a tourism component. Mayor Soyer, who states that the interest in sustainable tourism has increased around the world, said “The sustainability principles in tourism have an important place in destination selection. Izmir acts proactively as a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.”
Welcome to Izmir from GSTC
GSTC Chairman of the Board (CEO) Randy Durband said “As the new member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, we freeheartedly welcome Izmir. İzmir's commitment to sustainability reflects its deep respect for its historical richness and symbolizes an approach to the emerging sustainable future.”
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) specifies and conducts global sustainability standards, known as the GSTC Criteria. There are two different criteria: the destination criteria for public policy makers and destination managers, Industry Criteria for hotels and tour operators.
GSTC encourages destinations that develop tourism and follow sustainability implementations in their management to become GSTC members and to apply GSTC Destination Criteria by being certified with the help of a GSTC approved certification foundation.
The sustainability studies proceed in Izmir
Izmir participated in the Green Cities program of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in early 2019. The Izmir Green City Action Plan (GCAP) aims to specify and address priority environmental challenges and create projects with a vision that will provide a green future for the city. It has been envisaged to help achieve the vision of a green Izmir with 46 action proposals; including infrastructure investments, policy measures, capacity building and advocacy. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality voluntarily committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase climate resilience by participating in the Agreement of Mayors (CoM) in 2020, preparing and implementing a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP).
The Izmir Global Climate Community, a collective focused on advancing Izmir's mission of becoming a Climate - Independent and Smart City to combat the global climate crisis, was also established last May.