GSTC Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2018 (December 7-10, Botswana)rariel2019-01-04T18:19:48+08:00
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
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.