GSTC and TGA at COP28 “Sustainability in Tourism Panel”

[Click here to add the panel to your calendar]

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), represented by its Vice Chair, CB Ramkumar, will be present at COP28 along with the Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA) in Dubai, to present Türkiye’s groundbreaking national sustainable tourism program.

Türkiye has developed the national sustainable tourism program as the first country in the world, who collaborated with GSTC at governmental level. Within the scope of the program, accommodations facilities started to be verified and certified according to the program standard recognized by GSTC as well as in parallel with the GSTC Assurance Panel. As of 2030, Türkiye aims to meet global sustainable tourism standards with all tourism stakeholders including accommodation which aims to have their certifications through a GSTC-Accredited Certification Bodies.

Join the Sustainability in Tourism Panel held on the 10th of December, from 16h to 17h, in the Blue Zone, Türkiye Pavilion, moderated by Prof. Dr. Hasan Ali Karasar, Rector of Cappadocia University, Türkiye, with speakers:

  • Dr. Elif Balci Fisunoglu, Acting General Manager, TGA
  • Kaan Kasif Kavaloglu, TGA Board Member  
  • CB (Ram) Ramkumar, Vice Chair, GSTC 
  • Erkan Yagci, President, Türkiye Hotelier’s Federation (Türofed) 

They will discuss the latest developments in sustainable tourism, focusing on Türkiye’s innovative and visionary national program. This panel offers an excellent opportunity for attendees to delve into recent data, share knowledge, and exchange ideas on advancing sustainable practices in tourism.

The 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2023 is a significant global event where world leaders, environmental experts, NGOs, and stakeholders come together to discuss and negotiate actions against climate change. This conference represents a critical platform for assessing the progress of international climate goals, setting new commitments, and addressing the challenges of global warming and environmental degradation. COP28 serves as a vital opportunity to advance global efforts in combating climate change and promoting sustainable development.