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

GSTC Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2017 (September 6-9, Aysén, Chile) 2017-06-20T17:15:59+00:00

GSTC2017 – Towards More Sustainable Destinations: Management, Marketing, and Awareness

Destinations 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.

Simultaneous translation will be provided in English and Spanish.


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.


Fernando Olivera Rocha
Secretary of Guanajuato Tourism; President, Union of Secretaries of Tourism of Mexico (ASETUR)

Rosa Harris
Director of Tourism, Cayman Islands

Saul Blanco
Sustainable Tourism Specialist – Quality Assurance, Rainforest Alliance

Carolina Morgado
Director, Tompkins Conservation Chile

Dr. Jonathon Day
Associate Professor, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University; Communications Working Group Chair, GSTC

Hernan Mladinic
Executive Director, Fundación Pumalín

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Dr. Dave Rundle
Director, the Sustainable Tourism concentration, USF College of Global Sustainability; President and Executive Director, WHALE Center

Jorge Moller
Director, Regenera ONG; Board of Directors and Chile Country Representative, GSTC

Beatriz Barreal Danel
Founder & General Manager, Sustainable Riviera Maya; Board of Directors and Mexico Country Representative, GSTC

Blake Rogers
Executive Director, Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon (TIA Yukon); Canada Country Representative, GSTC

Luigi Cabrini
Chairman, GSTC; Advisor on Sustainability to Secretary-General, UNWTO

Natalia Naranjo
Leader, Comunitur; Colombia & Ecuador Country Representative, GSTC

Lonneke de Kort
CEO, Bookdifferent

Juan Ignacio Marambio Morel
Co-founder & CEO, Travolution

Other speakers will come from:


Venue: Hotel Dreams De La Patagonia, Coyhaique, Aysén Región, 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 received 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)

Travolution (English/Español)

Andina del Sud (Español)

Gold Star Travel (Español)

Novojet Chile (Español)

Smartrip (Español)

Turavion (Español)