Note change of location to the city of Maun
Global Sustainable Tourism Conference #GSTC2018 Botswana
The annual GSTC Conference, the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2018 (GSTC2018), will address topics based on the Kasane Call to Action to accelerate sustainable consumption and production (SCP):
- Achieving Sustainable Destination Management
- Certification as a Driver of Sustainable Tourism
- Reaching the SDGs through the GSTC Criteria
- Market Access for Responsible Tourism Businesses
GSTC2018 will bring together 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.
A mixture of plenary sessions and breakouts with international and national experts in sustainable tourism as speakers, panelists, and panel moderators.
(A) Achieving Sustainable Destination Management
- Visitor management tools and approaches
- Protection and restoration of threatened biodiversity
- Strategies for meaningful stakeholder engagement
- Actively participate in the revision of the GSTC Destination Criteria
(B) Certification as a Driver of Sustainable Tourism
- Mainstreaming certification in the tourism sector
- Market demand for certified tourism products and destination
- Traveler tools to find and buy certified products, services, and destinations
(C) Reaching the SDGs through the GSTC Criteria
- Linkages between the SDGs and the GSTC Criteria: Explaining the links
- Achievements towards the 17 SDGs in the tourism sector
- Wildlife conservation, local communities, and tourism
(D) Market Access for Responsible Tourism Businesses
- Successes and challenges of marketing sustainability
- Inclusion in and visibility of certified tourism businesses on booking engines
- Overcoming the challenges in marketing, sales, and distribution of SMEs
- Welcome reception and dinner – December 7th
- 2 full days conference – December 8th & 9th (including lunches and dinners)
- Limited availability of 1-day post-conference tour
His Excellency The Fourth President of the Republic of Botswana; Lieutenant General
Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama
Prof. Graham Miller
Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Surrey
Adama Bah, Chairman, Institute of Travel and Tourism of Gambia (ITTOG)
Heidi Van Der Watt
Director, Better Tourism Africa; Board Member, GSTC
Sustainable Tourism Specialist
Sehenyi “Shex” Tlotlego
Botswana Coordinator, Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy
Founder and former Director, National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations; CEO, Destination Stewardship Center
Dr. Kim Langmaid
Founder, Vice President of Sustainability Programs, Walking Mountains Science Center
CEO, Ecotourism Kenya
Per Gunnar Hettervik
Senior Consultant, NCE Tourism Fjord Norway
VENUE (has changed to Maun)
Venue: Maun Lodge, Maun, Botswana
Maun is Botswana’s tourism capital, as it lies on the southern fringes of the Okavango Delta. Despite recent modernizations, it carries the feeling of a dusty, frontier town. For many tourists, Maun is the point of entry into the Delta, and often into Botswana, with direct flights from both Johannesburg and Gaborone.
Maun is the seat of power of the Batawana people. The Batawana are an offshoot of the Bangwato of Serowe. Following a chieftainship dispute in the late 18th century, Kgosi (chief) Tawana and his people left Serowe and settled in Ngamiland, first establishing their capital at Lake Ngami, then Toteng, then Tsao and finally, in 1915, in Maun. Ngamiland District, where Maun is located, comprises a fascinating variety of ethnic groups: the Hambukushu, Basubiya and Bayei – all of central African origins, who know the Okavango intimately, having expertly exploited and utilized its abundant resources for centuries. There are also the Banoka – the River Bushmen, who are the Okavango’s original inhabitants, the Bakgalagadi, and the Baherero, who originate from Namibia, and whose women can be seen wearing brightly colored Victorian style dresses as they stroll along the town roads, or sit outside their traditional rondavels.
Meanwhile, the timeless Thamalakane River meanders lazily through the town, setting the scene and mood for what lies ahead.
Weather: December in Maun
Visa: Do you need a visa to enter Botswana? Find out here.
Travel Arrangements: Daily flights to Maun (MUB) from Johannesburg with Air Botswana and South African Airlines
Hotel reservations are the responsibility of the attendee: accommodation options.
More Travel Information available here.
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