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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


GSTC2018 e-booklet
Full program


Registration includes:

  • 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


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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
Adama Bah, Chairman, Institute of Travel and Tourism of Gambia (ITTOG)