Randy Durband

CEO at Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)

Randy Durband

Randy Durband is the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the UN-created NGO that manages global standards for sustainable tourism. He brings a unique blend of skills and experience based on two career paths he has taken in travel and tourism – in senior leadership positions with major tour operators, including as President of Travcoa, Clipper Cruise Lines, (brands within TUI Group), and Executive Vice President of Tauck World Discovery – and now a second career in sustainable tourism development. He is a frequent speaker on sustainable tourism and has served on many tourism boards, committees, and as a judge for sustainable tourism awards.

Insights by Randy Durband (3)

Hospitality Supply Chains: Massive footprint or a force of good?

Buyers of hotel space and land transport services, whether for corporate travel or leisure travel, seeking sustainable suppliers can either conduct massive analysis of the self-made claims of individual suppliers or they can turn to external verification programs of sustainability claims.

Certification as storytelling

Gaining certification for sustainable practices has many benefits, writes Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). It tells the world that your business opened itself to neutral external analysis that verified you’re doing what you say you’re doing.

Why certify your hotel as sustainable?

Certification of hotels for sustainability has been around for a quarter of a century. Thousands of hotels have become certified, but they represent a small percentage of hotels throughout the world. Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), makes the case for joining the properties that have undergone this process.