GSTC in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China

///GSTC in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China

The Government of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of the People’s Republic of China (Garze) and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to recognize cooperation to mutual endeavour to promote the sustainable tourism development of Garze.

The signature ceremony took place at the First Daocheng Yading Shangri-La International Mountain Tourism Summit, 13-14 August 2017, where GSTC Chair Luigi Cabrini gave a keynote speech about ‘Sustainable Tourism: a road for the future’ and GSTC General Manager Roi Ariel spoke in a panel discussion about ‘Sustainable Tourism Development’.

Mr. Cabrini ended his opening remarks with the following recommendations:

  • “Tourism managers should target quality rather than quantity in their strategies, since
    positive benefits are not necessarily measured by the number of tourists visiting a
  • “There is an increased demand for authentic, sustainable and responsible products and
    destinations should respond to the new market trends”
  • “While communities should be empowered to lead their tourism development, all actors,
    including large companies, need to be involved in sustainable tourism strategies as
    everyone stands to gain.”

Xiao You-Cai, Governor of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and Deputy Secretary of Garze Committee of the Communist Party of China said in his opening speech: “With mountain tourism as the major target, we insist use of all-for-one resources, all-round panning, prefecture-wide construction and participation by all people, in a bid to establish ‘five major’ systems for tourism-based poverty alleviation: tourist destination, tourism products, tourism brand, tourism emergency rescue, and tourism-based poverty alleviation.”

“We will make great efforts to promote tourism-based poverty alleviation. We use rural tourism to stimulate the masses’ internal drive, create local job opportunities, and make the resident peasants to become well-off, out of poverty. Supported by all-for-one tourism, we will lead the sound, balanced development of all industries, including traffic and transport, hotel and dining & beverage, art creativity and performance, e-commerce and agricultural and special product processing.” Mr. Xiao added.

Sichuan Garze Tourism Development Committee is a GSTC Member

Panel discussion on Sustainable Tourism Development. From right to left: Andrew Jones, Sanctuary Resorts Guardian, and PATA Immediate Past Chairman; Anna Pollock, Conscious Travel Founder; Roi Ariel, GSTC General Manager; Peter Richards, ITC’s Myanmar Inclusive Tourism Project Consultant.




2017-10-22T06:09:28+00:00 August 16th, 2017|