TOTA President & CEO Elected to Global Sustainable Tourism Council Board of Directors

Glenn Mandziuk, President and CEO of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has been elected to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Board of Directors. Mandziuk was voted in during the annual election, the results of which have now been validated by the GSTC Election Committee.

He joins Dr. Kelly S. Bricker (University of Utah, USA), Dr. Ioannis Pappas (Green Evolution, Greece), CB Ramkumar (Green Dreams for the Planet & Our Native Village, India), Koko Tang (Vinetree Tourism, China), and Patricio Diaz (Responsible Tourism Institute, Spain) in what will be a 3-year term of leadership for the organization.

Returning Board members include Chairman Luigi Cabrini, Dr. Jane Ashton (TUI Group), Chi Lo (Pacific Asia Travel Association), Randy Durband (GSTC), Dr. Anna Spenceley, Beatriz Barreal Danel (Sustainable Riviera Maya), Cathy Parsons (GSTC), Clark Stevens (Airbnb), Dr. Dave Randle (USF College of Global Sustainability), Heidi van der Watt (Better Tourism Africa), Ingunn Sornes (Innovation Norway), Jorge Moller (Darwin’s Trails Chile), Paul Snyder (InterContinental Hotels Group), Dr. Rosemary Black (Charles Sturt University, Australia), and Wu Wnda (Mt. Huangshan Scenic Area Administrative Committee).

“Welcome to the newly elected Directors and to those who will continue for a new term. The composition of the Board reflects the sectoral and geographical variety that makes the GSTC a really global organization” said GSTC Board Chair Luigi Cabrini with regard to the election results.

Mandziuk shares his excitement about the opportunity to contribute to the global organization: “I am extremely honoured to have been elected to the Board and to work closely with the GSTC, their members, and fellow Directors in leading the future of sustainable tourism development.”

The new terms commence September 1st, 2019.

About the Global Sustainable Tourism Council
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) manages the GSTC Criteria, the global baseline standards for sustainable travel and tourism; as well as acts as the international accreditation body for sustainable tourism certification. The GSTC is an independent and neutral organization that represents a diverse and global membership, including UN agencies, NGO’s, national and provincial governments, leading travel companies, hotels, tour operators, individuals and communities – all striving to achieve best practices in sustainable tourism.

About the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is a non-profit society, governed by an elected Board of Directors, which represents business and community tourism interests throughout the region, and is supported by and representative of Destination British Columbia. It is an industry-led organization that represents and supports all business and community tourism interests in the region, while also helping to implement provincial tourism policies. Find TOTA on Twitter and Facebook. For more information, visit

Media Contacts:
Glenn Mandziuk, President & CEO
Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
250-860-5999 ext 216 

Ellen Walker-Matthews, VP Destination Development
Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association

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