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GSTC Overview of Activities and UpdatesCurrent and Future Tourism in GreeceSustainability Standards and Programs for European TourismEuropean Best Practices for Sustainable Management of Destinations and EnterprisesThe Value of a Global Sustainability Brand for the Tourism Industry in GreeceMarketing sustainable tourism in European destinations to European markets | Apply Standards and Certification To Destinations and Enterprises

GSTC Overview of Activities and Updates

A presentation from the GSTC on the organization’s role in global sustainable tourism and an update on recent developments and activities.

Luigi Cabrini 140x140Luigi Cabrini, Chair of the Board, GSTC

Advisor on Sustainability to the Secretary-General, UNWTO

Randy Durband 140x140Randy Durband, CEO, GSTC

Current and Future Tourism in Greece

An overview of sustainable tourism policies and key activities

Dimitris Malliaropulos 140x140 Dimitris Malliaropulos, Chief economist, Bank of Greece


Sustainability Standards and Programs for European Tourism

How can programmes for managing sustainable tourism in Europe best complement each other? Representatives from key certification programmes in Europe will debate on the roles and values of their schemes and how the global GSTC Criteria and GSTC activities fit into the European context.

Andres Fellenberg Van der Molen 140x140Andrés Fellenberg van der Molen, Technical Director, GSTC

Director & Senior Lead Auditor, Green Partner

Soeren Stoeber140x140Sören Stöber, Commercial Director, Travelife for Hotels


Martin Balas 140x140Martin Balas, TourCertAlbert Salman 140x140Albert Salman, Founder & Director, Green Destinations
Riza Epikman 140x140Riza Epikmen, FEE Green KeyNikos Bakaris 140x140Nikos Bakaris, Lead Auditor, Control Union

European Best Practices for Sustainable Management of Destinations and Enterprises

Presentation of best practice case studies from Greece, Iceland, Denmark, Germany, Ireland and Spain. Representatives of destinations, hotel chains, and tour operators will present their experiences and lessons learned on the application of sustainability parameters.

Mary Mulvey 140x140Mary-Mulvey, CEO, Ecotourism Ireland


Tom Johnston 140x140Tom Johnston, Senior Manager Sustainability – Product & Purchasing, TUI Group
Giannis Spilanis 140x140Ioannis Spilanis, UNWTO Observatory Program, Aegean IslandsSilvia Barbone 140x140Silvia Barbone, Founder and Director, Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism (FEST)
Naut Kusters 140x140Naut Kusters, Manager, Travelife for Tour OperatorsFivos Tsaravopoulos 140x140Fivos Tsaravopoulos, Manager, Paths of Greece

Marketing sustainable tourism in European destinations

This session will discuss challenges in the actual GSTC marketing model promoting Destinations, hotels and tour operators certified by approved certification programmes and how the forthcoming GSTC Certified model will impact the marketing of destinations.

Dr Xavier Font 140x140Dr. Xavier Font, University of SurreyLonneke de Kort 140x140Lonneke de Kort, CEO,
Melvin Mak 140x140Melvin Mak, Manager of Sustainability, TUI Beneluxschlieper olaf 140x140Olaf Schlieper, Sustainability & Innovations Manager, German National Tourist Board
Martina von Muenchhausen 140x140Martina von Münchhausen, Tourism Expert, WWFITB Jean Francois Rika 140x140Rika Jean-François, Corporate Social Responsibility Commissioner, ITB Berlin


The Value of a Global Sustainability Brand for the Tourism Industry in Greece

This session will discuss hotel certification new developments, destination certification, and the relevant refugee challenges.

George Drakopoulos 140x140George Drakopoulos, President & CEO, tourism generis

Special Adviser, UNWTO

Athanasia Nikolopoulou 140x140 Athanasia Nikolopoulou, Crete Project Coordinator, The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece (ARCHELON)
George Politis 140x140George Politis, Secretary of the Board, Hellenic Society for the Protection of Naturedamoulakis gerasimos 140x140Gerasimos Damoulakis, Mayor of Milos Island

President of Tourism Board, Central Union of Greek Municipalities

Panos Thomakos 140x140Panos Thomakos, English Site Editor, Tornos NewsDiogenis Venetopoulos 140x140Diogenis Venetopoulos, Commercial Director, Variety Cruises


Apply Standards and Certification To Destinations and Enterprises

Practical tips on applying what the GSTC and other organizations offer businesses and destination managers, and a review of key learnings from the two days.

Ioannis Pappas 140x140Dr. Ioannis Pappas, Co-Founder & CEO, Green Evolution

Vasilis Zisimopoulos 140x140Vasilis Zisimopoulos, Founder & CEO, Costa Nostrum Ltd.


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