GSTC at Bali International Tourism Conference (BITC)
The 6th Bali International Tourism Conference with the theme “Future Tourism: Beyond Sustainability” was held online, via Zoom, on the 16th and 17th of November, 2023. Organized by the Centre of Excellence in Tourism, Udayana University (Bali-Indonesia) and supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy – Republic of Indonesia, the Cultural Research Center and Institute for Research and Community Services from Udayana University, and Wonderful Asia, among others.
Professionals from around the world gathered to exchange research findings and insights in tourism. They also aimed to foster connections and networks among tourism professionals and policymakers for future collaborative research and global tourism networking.
The event focused on promoting sustainable tourism paradigms and discussed many topics, such as the following: Responsible Tourism, the Impacts of Tourism Development on Local People, the Role of Tourism Sector on SDGs, Consumer Behavior in Tourism, etc. Which were categorized into four main themes:
Sustainable Tourism and Beyond
Tourism Policy, Planning, and Development
Tourism Information and Marketing
Randy Durband, GSTC CEO, was an invited speaker at the conference. His presentation was titled: «Pathways to Beyond Sustainability”. Mr. Durband spoke about how the travel and tourism industry can move towards more responsible practices and emphasized the importance of creating a holistic approach that encompasses not just environmental, but also economic and socio-cultural sustainability.
Along with him, other colleagues in the industry were present such as Mr. Peter Semone, Chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Dr. Sandiaga Uno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Republic of Indonesia, Assc. Prof. Hera Oktadiana, PhD, CHE Lecturer & Researcher at Trisakti Institute of Tourism, Jakarta among many others.