GSTC Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2017 (September 6-9, Aysén, Chile)wadmin2017-09-06T09:34:14+08:00
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.
Venue: Hotel Dreams De La Patagonia, Coyhaique, Aysén Región, Chile
Coyhaique: Coyhaique is a city in Aysén region, and the main city in the Northern Chilean Patagonia with a population of 55,000. Surrounded by dramatic mountains, Coyhaique is the jumping-off point for travelers through Chilean Patagonia’s most beautiful and unspoiled landscapes.
Visa: Do you need a visa to enter Chile? Find out here.
Travel Arrangements: Daily flights from Santiago (SCL) to Balmaceda (BBA) are operated by LATAM Airlines and Sky Airline, for US$100-200.
Transfers from Balmaceda Airport (BBA) to Coyhaique City will be offered to conference delegates arriving on September 6th. For those coming on a different date, there are convenient 12-14 passengers shuttle vans, CLP $5.000 p/p (~USD8).
Hotel reservations are the responsibility of the attendee. The conference will be held at Hotel Dreams De La Patagonia. Coyhaique has a variety of accommodation options.
The following accommodations offer a 10% discount for GSTC2017 participants:
Foreign tourists are exempt from paying the 19% VAT (called IVA in Chile) on hotel bills. When checking in, you will be asked for your passport and for a photocopy of the passport and the tourist card that you will receive from immigration authorities at the Santiago airport on arrival. When you checkout, you will be billed via a “factura de exportación” which does not include the 19% IVA. However, you might find this is not the case with low-budget hotels and hostels.
Do a little math when offered a price in dollars as the peso rate might be cheaper due to a proprietor’s improper or inflated exchange rate.