GSTC at Expansion’s Green World & Sustainability Event

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) was present at the I Edition of Expansión’s GreenWorld & Sustainability Event, held in Madrid, Spain on the 27th and 28th of September, 2023. 

Expansión is a Spanish economic and business newspaper published in Madrid, Spain, owned by Unidad Editorial.

Expansión’s GreenWorld & Sustainability dynamic event showcased 8 insightful expert panels, featuring over 45 renowned speakers. They delved into in-depth discussions and panels that addressed key topics such as circular economy, the journey towards a sustainable future, minimizing environmental footprints, green digitization, etc. among other pivotal subjects.

Dr. Ioannis Pappas, GSTC Mediterranean Region Director, participated in the expert panel titled “Expert Panel on Green Tourism: Towards Sustainable, Moderated, Fair and Conscious Travel” along with:

  • Lucas Bobes, Sustainability Director, AMADEUS.
  • Amparo Brea Álvarez, Director of Innovation, Sustainability, and Customer Experience, AENA.
  • Guillermo Castrillo, Sustainability and Strategy Director, Iryo.

The panel was moderated by Estela Santos from Expansión. 

Participants engaged in a comprehensive discussion focusing on the inherent responsibility of corporations in upholding sustainability measures and executing ethically sound practices. The dialogue emphasized the crucial role of the value chain in the tourism and transport sectors in ensuring end-to-end responsibility. Further discussions were centered on the various strategies leading to decarbonization within industries and highlighted the indispensable need for certification in the industry.

GSTC at Expansion’s Green World & Sustainability Event“Cultivating a future of responsible tourism hinges upon collaborative efforts and a resolute dedication to sustainable tourism certification. As Director of GSTC for the Mediterranean Region, I underscore the paramount importance of third-party evaluation and the seamless exchange of sustainability data through influential platforms such as Technologies stand ready at our disposal; the imperative now lies in fostering unity among stakeholders to chart the course for the future of sustainable tourism,” says Dr. Ioannis Pappas, GSTC Director Mediterranean Region.

“For Aena, technology plays a decisive role in achieving sustainability at our airports and we work every day to be a strong link in the value chain that makes more sustainable tourism possible,” says Amparo Brea Álvarez, Director of Innovation, Sustainability, and Customer Experience, Aena.

The Expansión’s GreenWorld & Sustainability Event in Madrid concluded successfully, bringing together a diverse group of experts and industry leaders from organizations such as Amadeus, LG Electronics Iberia, PWC, BBVA and Madrid City Council, among many others.