GSTC2017 – Towards More Sustainable Destinations: Management, Marketing, and Awareness

Destinations bring tourists to visit a different location from where they live. It is an imperative that these destinations are managed for long-term viability. Following the GSTC Criteria, management, marketing and awareness of sustainable destinations will be key theme for this year’s GSTC Global Sustainable Tourism Conference, GSTC2017.

Destinations are comprised by many different enterprises, organizations and individuals. GSTC2017 will include international and domestic tourism stakeholders involved in the development and promotion of sustainable tourism; including public sector, hotels, tour operators, academia, development agencies, NGOs, consultants, and more.

Simultaneous translation will be provided in English and Spanish.

GSTC2017 e-booklet (English)
GSTC2017 – Welcome to Aysén Patagonia (brochure)


A mixture of plenary sessions and breakouts with international and national experts in sustainable tourism as speakers, panelists, and panel moderators.


  • Certifications of sustainability in travel and tourism
  • Marketing sustainable tourism
  • Sustainable visitor management practices
  • Municipalities managing for sustainable tourism
  • Destination management for climate change adaptation
  • Sustainable tourism awareness and education
  • Sustainable hotel management
  • Sustainable food in the tourism industry
  • Ecotourism and community-based tourism
  • Indigenous tourism

Wednesday September 6th: Welcoming dinner
Thursday September 7th: Conference
Friday September 8th: Conference
Saturday September 9th: Post-conference tour to Cerro Castillo National ReserveSelf-paid post-conference tours
Sunday September 10th: Self-paid post-conference tours

Simultaneous translation will be provided in English and Spanish.

Conference Program


Saul Blanco
Sustainable Tourism Specialist – Quality Assurance, Rainforest Alliance

Carolina Morgado
Director, Tompkins Conservation Chile

Jim Sano
Vice President for Travel, Tourism and Conservation, WWF