2022 GSTC Asia-Pacific Conference Program

The 2022 GSTC Asia-Pacific Conference will address:

  • (A) Attraction & Destination Stewardship
  • (B) MICE & Hotels
  • (C) Ecotourism & Heritage
Registration
Speakers

September 15th (Thursday) – Conference Day 1

TimeActivity
9:00 – 10:00Registration
10:30 – 11:00Opening Ceremony

  • Luigi Cabrini, Chair of GSTC
  • Kwan-young Kim, Governor of Jeollabuk-do
  • Jeonbuk Culture & Tourism Foundation President
11:00 – 11:30GSTC’s Global Mission and Current Activities
Randy Durband, CEO of GSTC
11:30- 12:00Keynote Speech (to be announced)
12:00 – 13:30Lunch and networking
13:30 – 15:00

@ Convention Hall 2

MICE 1: Business Retreats and Small Meetings

Moderator: Mr. Hongkook Ha – Secretary General, Korea MICE Association

Speakers:

  • Ki-Seok Ko – Head, Public Policy & Government Affairs, Airbnb Korea
  • Sukumar Verma – Vice President, Industry and Enterprise, Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (SACEOS)

Panelists:

  • Dr. Donghan Kang – Director, Gyeonggi Tourism Organization
  • Francis Hong – Director, Suwon Convention & Visitors’ Bureau
13:30 – 15:00

@ Room 201

Wonders in Tourism & Heritage

Speakers:

  • Catherine Germier-Hamel – CEO, Destination Mekong
  • Yunsik Choi – CEO, Ecology Design Lab

Panelists:

  • Dr. Seong jin Kim – Korea Culture & Tourism Institute
  • Dr. Hak young Heo – National Park Research Institute
  • Dr. Hyung oh Kim – Jeonbuk Research Institute
15:00 – 15:30Refreshment break
15:30 – 17:00

@ Convention Hall 2

MICE 2: Sustainable Management Systems for Hotels

Speakers:

  • CB Ramkumar – Regional Director – South Asia, GSTC
  •  Su Kim Loh – Vice President – Sustainability, Resorts World Sentosa
15:30 – 17:00

@ Room 201

Ecotourism Businesses Benefiting Communities

Moderator: Prof. Young-ki Choi, Jeonju University

Speakers:

  • Sophea Sok – Regional Program Manager, Asia-Pacific, Planeterra Foundation
  • Dr. Bo guk Kim, Jeonbuk Research Institute

Panelists:

  • Ms. Sunhee Yoon – CEO, Jeju Ecotourism
  • Ms. Susan Santos de Cárdenas – President & CEO, Society for Sustainable Tourism
17:00 – 18:00Networking & exhibition
18:00 – 20:00Hosted dinner at the venue
20:00 – 21:30Drone Light Show at Gunsan Eunpa Lake

September 16th (Friday) – Conference Day 2

TimeActivity
9:00 – 10:00Sustainable Land Development

  • Saemangeum Development and Investment Agency
  • Cheh Hsien Lee, Planning Director, Sentosa Development Corporation
10:00 – 10:20GSTC in Asia-Pacific
Dr. Mihee Kang, Director Asia-Pacific, GSTC
10:20 – 10:50Refreshment break and networking
10:50- 12:20Young Generation in the Tourism Industry

Speaker: Natalie Kidd – Chief People and Purpose Officer, Intrepid Travel

Moderator: Roi Ariel – General Manager, GSTC

Panelists:

  • Jason Lin – Co-founder & CEO, Talent Basket
  • Jennifer Lin – Senior Manager, Business Development, Southeast Asia, Rezio
  • Shinobu Hayama – CEO, Journey for Change
  • Saemyung Kim – Jeonbuk MICE Development Council
12:20 – 13:30Lunch and networking
13:30 – 14:50

@ Convention Hall 2

Destination Stewardship: NTOs & DMOs Partnering with the Private Sector

Moderator: Luigi Cabrini – Chair, GSTC

Speakers:

  • Ms. Christina Leala Gale, Sustainable Tourism Manager, Pacific Tourism Organisation
  • Shin Yee Chee – Chief of Staff, Batu Batu Tengah Island (Mersing Kita Malaysia)
  • Hwaja Sin – Deputy Director, Environment Policy Division, Ulsan Metropolitan City
13:30 – 14:50

@ Room 201

Attractions: Managing Visitor Flow

Moderator: Prof. In-pyeong Ryu, Jeonju University

Speakers:

  • Natalie Kidd – Chief People and Purpose Officer, Intrepid Travel
  • Hajime Ono – Chief Official, Office of Director for Travel Promotion, Japan Tourism Agency, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Panelists:

  • Dr. Michail Toanoglou – Professor of Hospitality & Tourism, Jeonju University
14:50 – 15:20Refreshment break and networking
15:20 – 16:20

@ Convention Hall 2

MICE Criteria Consultation Workshop

Moderated by GSTC

15:20 – 16:20

@ Room 201

Attraction Criteria Consultation Workshop

Moderated by GSTC

16:20 – 16:40Networking & Exhibition
16:40 – 17:00Closing Ceremony
17:00 – 21:00Individual Dinner in Gunsan City (shuttle offered, dinner not included)

September 17th (Saturday): Post-conference tour

Only for those that have registered by September 4th

More details here

10:00Leave GSCO (Gunsan Saemangeum Convention Center)
Morning-NoonHistory & Culture in Gunsan City / Nature of Saemangeum & Chaeseokgang Sea Cave
15:00-16:00Return to GSCO (Gunsan Saemangeum Convention Center)

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