Japan Ecolodge Association Achieves GSTC-Recognized Certification Status

Japan Ecolodge Association Achieves GSTC-Recognized Certification Status

Japan Environmentally Sustainable Accommodations International Standard is recognized for implementing the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, the worldwide minimum requirement for tourism businesses of all size to approach sustainability.

Japan Ecolodge Association

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 18, 2012 - The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announces that Japan Ecolodge Association (ECOLA) has attained the organization's "recognized" certification status for its Japan Environmentally Sustainable Accommodations International Standard (ESAIS). The awarded status benchmarks its public commitment to promote sustainable tourism products and services recognized by the GSTC.

 

ECOLA has committed to using the GSTC Criteria – the first and only global framework for defining a sustainable travel benchmark – as the reference for its sustainable travel criteria. Rigorous review and authorization procedures have determined that ESAIS’ standards are considered equivalent to the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria; the worldwide minimum requirement for tourism businesses of all size to approach sustainability.

 

"We have been working hard for seven years to promote the authentic eco-lodging industry based in Japan but faced many difficulties and had limited resources," said Masaru Takayama, executive director of ECOLA. "Now that we are internationally recognized, we hope to grow together with the rest of the world and spearhead the Asian eco-lodging industry."

 

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