SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION
Sustainable development is an imperative for all sectors, and the United Nations has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
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BUILDING SUSTAINABILITY IN EUROPEAN TOURISM
Join experts and tourism practitioners from throughout Europe in Athens to debate best strategies in today’s environment to utilize sustainable tourism management mechanisms for destinations and businesses. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the UNWTO-supported manager of global baseline standards for travel and tourism, is organizing a lively and informative two-day workshop to review and discuss relevant issues and solutions in the European context of today.
On World Tourism Day, 27th September, the Global Green Destinations Day conference (27-28.9.2016), will take place in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia which was recognized as the European Green Capital 2016. The 2-day international event is supported by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.
The Global Green Destinations Day will present the exclusive awards ceremony for the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations 2016, featuring the most successful sustainable tourism destinations of the world, as well as the best providers of green solutions in the tourism sector.
Under the theme "Co-creating life-changing tourism experiences", the 2016 Sustainable & Smart Tourism Forum (2016 SSTF) has been designed to offer a platform and a playground for gaining and sharing knowledge, skills and good practices around the world, in the fields of sustainable and smart tourism as well as smart cities.
The 2016 SSTF is supported by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. During this 2-day journey focused on creativity and diversity, participants will be offered many opportunities to explore new perspectives in tourism innovation and marketing, while expanding their networks.
The GSTC and the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICT) of Lao PDR, with the support of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), are hosting a 3-day workshop (2-4 November 2016) with a focus on sustainable tourism destination management and development.
Using the GSTC Criteria for Destinations as the framework, the workshop covers key topics such as sustainable tourism standards and certification, tourism’s roles in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and best practices in destination management, both from the policy and development perspectives.
The Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN), a GSTC training partner, in collaboration with Ecotourism Japan, will be organizing a GSTC training class from 4-5 February 2017, in conjunction with the 3rd Sustainable Tourism Forum in Senboku City, Akita, Japan (6-7 February 2017).
Following the Forum, GSTC training participants will participate in a local excursion, which highlights culture and winter ecotours. The training will be offered both in Japanese and English, with a maximum group size of 20.