GSTC to speak at the International Conference on Digitalisation and Sustainable Tourism, Mauritius, 23-24 May 2018
Luigi Cabrini, GSTC Chair, and Dr. Anna Spenceley, GSTC Board Member, will be speaking at the International Conference on Digitalisation and Sustainable Tourism, Mauritius, 23-24 May 2018.
The Conference, which will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Independence of Mauritius, will bring together high-level policy makers including Ministers of Tourism, CEOs of Tourism Boards, specialists, academics and experts to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of digitalisation for the tourism industry. The Conference will be interactive and provide a forum for exchanging views and sharing best practices.
On May 23rd, Luigi Cabrini will be moderating the session “Sustainable Tourism Accreditation and Certification”: Certification and accreditation have been used as tools for sustainable development. It is a voluntary mechanism used to show high standards of performance beyond legislation. Sometimes it can be viewed as a source of competitive advantage which differentiates an organisation from the average. Certification can be used to gather stakeholders around common purpose of defining standards to improve the contribution of tourism to sustainable development. This session will showcase Long Beach Hotel which has successfully obtained a Green Certification.
On May 24th, Luigi will be the speaker at the plenary session “Fostering Sustainable Tourism Development in the Digital Era”: Tourism is widely recognised as an industry with huge potential for sustaining economic growth, promoting inclusive development and protecting the environment. To advance the power of tourism for sustainability, it is imperative for all tourism stakeholders to maximise tourism socio-economic contribution while minimising its negative impacts on the environment in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. This session will focus on how tourism could be a catalyst for positive change in terms of sustainable economic growth, social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction, resource efficiency, environment protection and climate change, cultural values, diversity and heritage and mutual understanding, peace and security. The role of technology in mainstreaming sustainability practices in tourism development will also be examined.
On May 24th, Dr Anna Spenceley will be a panelist in the session “Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”: The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), emphasised on the contribution of tourism development to the MDGs, now referred to as the SDGs. This new approach has been highlighted in recent policy discourses. This theme attempts to further the discussions on the potential contributions of tourism to the SDGs and the role of key stakeholders such as the government, the private sector, and international institutions in facilitating this process. Key policy issues and institutional arrangements needed to strengthen the link between tourism and local economic development will also be discussed and analysed.