GSTC 2019 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference

GSTC 2019 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference

STC 2019 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference: Program

Themes

(A) Smart & Sustainable Destination Management
– Island & Marine Tourism
– Seasonality: Under- and Over-tourism
– Nature destinations

(B) Market Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Products
– Sustainable and Responsible Procurement
– The role of OTA’s
– Marketing sustainability and influencing travelers’ preferences

(C) Is Tourism Responding to Climate Change?
– Slow travel
– Destinations adaptation to climate change
– Energy efficiency in travel and accommodations

SCHEDULE

  • December 4th (Wednesday): Welcoming dinner
  • December 5th (Thursday): Conference – day 1
  • December 6th (Friday): Conference – day 2
  • December 7th (Saturday): Post-conference tours
  • December 3rd-4th: GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training

SESSIONS

(A) Smart & Sustainable Destination Management

Island & Marine Tourism
– Jerry Spooner, Director, Vanuatu Department of Tourism
– Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism, Cayman Islands

Seasonality: Under- and Over-tourism
– Dr. Kelly Bricker, GSTC Vice-Chair
– David Mifsud, Director Quality Assurance and Industry HR, Malta Tourism Authority

The Invisible Burden: Integrating Tourism Impacts into Civic Planning & Management
Workshop by the Travel Foundation

Destination Certification Workshop
Moderator: Jana Apih, Managing Director, GoodPlace
Panelists:
– Albert Salman, President, Green Destinations
– Stewart Moore, CEO, EarthCheck
– Luigi Mazzaglia, General Manager, Vireo Srl

Applying the GSTC Criteria in a national scheme
Moderator: Randy Durband, GSTC CEO
Panelists:
– Ingunn Sornes, Special Adviser, Innovation Norway
– Upali Rathnayake, Director General, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA)
– Dan Jonasson, Region Västerbotten Turism

(B) Market Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Products

Sustainable and Responsible Procurement
– Randy Durband, GSTC CEO
– Jane Ashton, Director of Sustainability, TUI Group

Marketing sustainability and influencing travelers’ preferences
Moderator: Prof. Xavier Font, Professor, University of Surrey
Panelists:
– Rob Holmes, Founder & Chief Strategist at GLP Films
– Rika Jean-François, CSR Commissioner – ITB Berlin

(C) Is Tourism Responding to Climate Change?

Slow travel (length of stay) and Flygskam (changing consumers demand)
– Anna Pollock, Founder, Conscious Travel

Destinations adaptation to and mitigation of climate change
Moderator: Luigi Cabrini, GSTC Chair
– Gerben Hardeman, Responsible Travel & Tourism Manager, ANVR (the Dutch Travel Trade Association)
– Prof. David Simmons, Chair, EarthCheck Research Institute

Energy, water, and waste in travel and accommodations
– Dr. Ioannis Pappas, Found & CEO, Green Evolution; GSTC Regional Director – Mediterranean

 

 

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