Responsible TourismThe Lion City is the first to attain the GSTC certification at a country level.

Singapore achieves Global Destination Sustainability Certification

Singapore certified sustainable by GSTC based on 4 pillars: management, socio-economic, cultural, and environmental sustainability.
Singapore certified sustainable by GSTC based on 4 pillars: management, socio-economic, cultural, and environmental sustainability. Photo Credit: Cheryl Teo

Singapore has been certified as a sustainable destination by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), making it the first country to achieve the certification process at the country level.

The certification reflects Singapore's commitment to becoming a sustainable urban destination and its outstanding efforts to achieve this goal across four pillars: sustainable management, socio-economic sustainability, cultural sustainability, and environmental sustainability.

The news has been met with celebration and excitement in Singapore as it sets a new standard for sustainable tourism globally. The certification is a testament to the country's dedication and commitment to making tourism more environmentally and socially responsible.

Keith Tan, chief executive, Singapore Tourism Board (STB), said: “We are proud to receive this certification, which reflects Singapore’s commitment to the Singapore Green Plan 2030 and becoming a City in Nature, where large experiences come with a small footprint. Being certified is just the beginning of our journey. Tourism businesses must do more to internalise sustainability as part of their offerings, so that they can contribute to making Singapore greener and more liveable. Our vision is to become one of the world’s most sustainable urban destinations and we now know we are on the right track.”

With the Singapore Green Plan 2030, Singapore is charting ambitious targets for the next ten years to strengthen its commitments under the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Paris Agreement. This plan positions Singapore to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and pave the way for sustainable tourism development.

Singapore has also demonstrated its efforts to maximise the social and economic benefits of tourism for locals by supporting and spotlighting local entrepreneurs, providing a safe and secure working environment, and creating job opportunities and training in tourism.

To celebrate Singapore's heritage, STB supports visitor experiences that showcase the country's diverse cultures. There are annual light-ups and celebrations in cultural precincts like Chinatown, Deepavali, and the Hari Raya Light-Up, highlighting Singapore's rich history and cultural diversity.

Singapore's sustainability efforts have not gone unnoticed, with STB's tourism partners like Sentosa Development Corporation, Resorts World Sentosa, and Marina Bay Sands Singapore also achieving certification based on the relevant GSTC Criteria.

STB's continuous engagement with its partners and the community has also helped to build on the destination's existing strengths and ramp up efforts in areas of improvement. Tour operators are offering sustainability-focused tours that showcase Singapore's rich biodiversity, journey with water, power, waste management, and local culture.

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