GSTC Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2017 (September 6-9, Coyhaique, Aysén Region, Chile)


Coyhaique 4 850xDestinations bring tourists to visit a different location from where they live. It is an imperative that these destinations are managed for long-term viability. Following the GSTC Criteria, management, marketing and awareness of sustainable destinations will be key theme for this year's GSTC Global Sustainable Tourism Conference, GSTC2017.

Destinations are comprised by many different enterprises, organizations and individuals. GSTC2017 will include international and domestic tourism stakeholders involved in the development and promotion of sustainable tourism; including public sector, hotels, tour operators, academia, development agencies, NGOs, consultants, and more.

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A mixture of plenary sessions and breakouts with international and national experts in sustainable tourism as speakers, panelists, and panel moderators.


  • Certifications of sustainability in travel and tourism
  • Marketing sustainable tourism
  • Sustainable visitor management practices
  • Municipalities managing for sustainable tourism
  • Destination management for climate change adaptation
  • Sustainable tourism awareness and education
  • Sustainable hotel management
  • Sustainable food in the tourism industry
  • Ecotourism and community-based tourism
  • Indigenous tourism

Wednesday September 6th: Welcoming dinner
Thursday September 7th: Conference
Friday September 8th: Conference
Saturday September 9th: Post-conference tour to Cerro Castillo National Reserve

Detailed program will be published in July.

Simultaneous translation will be provided in English and Spanish.


Speakers come from the following organizations:

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A full list of speakers will be announced soon...


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Venue: Hotel Dreams De La Patagonia, Coyhaique, Aysén Region, Chile

Coyhaique: Coyhaique is a city in Aysén region, and the main city in the Northern Chilean Patagonia with a population of 55,000. Surrounded by dramatic mountains, Coyhaique is the jumping-off point for travelers through Chilean Patagonia's most beautiful and unspoiled landscapes.


Visa: Do you need a visa to enter Chile? Find out here.

Travel Arrangements: Transfers from Balmaceda Airport (BBA) to Coyhaique City will be offered to conference delegates for selected flights. Daily flights from Santiago (SCL) to Balmaceda (BBA) are operated by LATAM Airlines and Sky Airline, for US$100-200.

Hotel reservations are the responsibility of the attendee. The conference will be held at Hotel Dreams De La Patagonia. Coyhaique has a variety of accommodation options.

Weather: Expected in September


Extending your stay to explore the area?

TripAdvisor: Things to do in Coyhaique

Chile Travel: Coyhaique and Puerto Aysén

InterPatagonia: Activities and Tours nearby Coyhaique

GoChile: Northern Patagonia & Carretera Austral


Tour operators that have recieved the Chilean National System for Distinction of Sustainable Tourism Achieves (GSTC-Recognized Standard):

Andes Nativa (English/Español)

BirdsChile (English/Español)

La Bicicleta Verde (English/Español)

Andina del Sud (Español)

Gold Star Travel (Español)

Novojet Chile (Español)

Smartrip (Español)

Turavion (Español)


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