GSTC2018: Conference Program 2019-01-09T23:53:00+00:00

Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2018: Conference Program

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).

THEMES

(A) Achieving Sustainable Destination Management

(B) Certification as a Driver of Sustainable Tourism

(C) Reaching the SDGs through the GSTC Criteria

(D)  Market Access for Responsible Tourism Businesses

GSTC2018 e-booklet

PROGRAM

Friday, December 7

Time Activity
afternoon  GSTC Meeting with Certification Bodies (by invitation only)
18:00   Departure from Maun Lodge to Crocodile Camp
18:30 Reception (+ Early Delegates registration)

Welcoming Dinner at Crocodile Camp

Welcome speech

Saturday, December 8

Times Activity
8:00 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:30           Opening Ceremony

  • His Excellency, the Fourth President of the Republic of Botswana, Lieutenant General, Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama
  • Mr. Luigi Cabrini, Chair, GSTC (speech)
9:30 – 10:00 Presentation by Mr. Randy Durband, CEO, GSTC:
“GSTC’s Mission and Current Activities” (presentation)
10:00 – 11:00 Refreshment Break and Networking

(Press conference for local media)

11:00 – 12:30 (1) Destination Management – finding the right balance between overtourism and under-tourism (track A)

Moderator:  Luigi Cabrini, Chair, GSTC (presentation)

Panelists:

  • Patricio Diaz, General Secretary, Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI) (presentation)
  • Jonathan Tourtellot, CEO, Destination Stewardship Center
  • Prof. Urs Wagenseil, Institute of Tourism – Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (presentation)
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch and Networking
14:00 – 15:15

Room #1

(2) Wildlife Conservation and Tourism (track A)

Presenter & Moderator: Jim Sano, Vice President for Travel, Tourism and Conservation, WWF

Panelists:

  • Sehenyi “Shex” Tlotlego, Botswana Coordinator for Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy
  • Dr. Michael Flyman, Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Botswana
  • Segametsi Monnamorwa, Wilderness Safaris
  • Vincent Kouwenhoven, Founder & Managing Director, Green Safaris
  • Julian Matthews, Founder & Chairman, TOFTigers
14:00 – 15:15

Room #2

(3) Certification Body Collaboration Through Mutual Recognition or Shared Service (track B)

Moderator: Randy Durband, CEO, GSTC

Panelists:

  • Naut Kusters, Manager, Travelife for TOs
  • Carolyn Wincer, Commercial Director, Travelife for Hotels
  • Grace Nderitu, CEO, Ecotourism Kenya
  • Richard Malesu, Environment & Eco-Certification Manager, Botswana Tourism Organisation
15:15 – 16:00 Refreshment Break and Networking
16:00 – 17:15

Room #1

(4) Recommendations for Market Access for SMEs (track D)

Moderator:  Ronald Sanabria, Sustainable Tourism Specialist (presentation)

Panelists:

  • Grace Nderitu, CEO, Ecotourism Kenya
  • Heinrich Hafeni, Namibia Emerging Tourism Enterprises Association (Namibia)
  • Ruth Stewart, Travel for Impact (Botswana)
16:00 – 17:15

Room #2

(5) Protection of Heritage And Its Relationship to Destination Stewardship (track A)

Moderator: Heidi van der Watt, Better Tourism Africa; GSTC Board of Directors

Opening remarks: Jonathan Tourtellot, CEO, Destination Stewardship Center; Founder and former Director, National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations

Panelists:

  • Glenn Mandziuk, CEO, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) BC Canada
  • Phillip Segadika, Head of the Archaeology and Monuments Division, Botswana National Museum
  • Derek Tse, General Manager, Hong Kong Ecotourism & Travels Professional Training Centre
  • Kathleen Pessolano, Program Director – The Americas, GSTC
17:15 – 17:30 Closing remarks for day 1
18:00 departure  Departure from Maun Lodge to Cresta Maun

Dinner at Cresta Maun

Sunday, December 9

Times Activity
8:30 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 10:45

Room #1

(6) Covering the 4 themes of the conference

Presenter & Moderator: Prof. Graham Miller, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Surrey; WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Lead Judge (presentation)

Panelists:

  • Jillian Blackbeard, Executive Manager Marketing, Botswana Tourism Organisation
  • Ronald Sanabria, Sustainable Tourism Specialist (Kasane Call for Action) (presentation)
  • Adama Bah, Chairman, Institute of Travel and Tourism of Gambia (ITTOG) (presentation)
10:15 – 11:15 Refreshment Break and Networking
11:15 – 12:30

Room #1

(7) Sustainable Procurement Based on Certification (tracks B,C,D)

Presenter & Moderator:  Randy Durband, CEO, GSTC

Panelists:

  • Jim Sano, Vice President for Travel, Tourism and Conservation, WWF (presentation)
  • Emad Hassan, Advisor to the Minister for Green and Sustainable Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Egypt (presentation)
  • Martin Balas, TourCert (presentation)
11:15 – 12:30

Room #2

(8) Smart Destination Management through information technology (track A)

Presenters:

  • Per Gunnar Hettervik, Senior Consultant, NCE Tourism Fjord Norway (presentation)
  • Glenn Mandziuk, CEO, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) BC Canada
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch and Networking
14:00 – 15:15

Room #1

(9) Destination Stewardship Strategies – Action Planning from Conference Discussions (track A)

Moderator: Jonathan Tourtellot, CEO, Destination Stewardship Center (presentation)

Panelists:

  • Mokganedi Ntana, Tourism Development Manager – Kasane Office, Botswana Tourism Organisation (presentation)
  • Jorge Alves, Azores Destination Management Organization (DMO) (presentation)
  • Dr. Kim Langmaid Founder & Vice President of Sustainability Programs, Walking Mountains Science Center (Vail, Colorado) (presentation)
  • Per Gunnar Hettervik, Senior Consultant, NCE Tourism Fjord Norway (presentation)
14:00 – 15:15

Room #2

(10) Achievements towards the 17 SDGs in the Tourism Sector (track C)

Moderator: Heidi van der Watt, Better Tourism Africa; GSTC Board of Directors

Panelists:

  • Sebastian Bovensiepen, CEO, The meeco Group
  • Dr. Ioannis Pappas, Found & CEO, Green Evolution; GSTC Regional Director – Mediterranean
  • Heidi Dahl, Head of Office – Southern Africa, Innovation Norway
  • Valere Tjolle, Publisher & Editor, TravelMole Vision on Sustainable Tourism
15:15 – 15:45 Refreshment Break and Networking
15:45 – 17:00 Sustainable Tourism Certification Alliance Africa meeting – by invitation only
15:45 – 17:00

Room #1

(11) Working Session on GSTC Destination Criteria Revisions (tracks A,B)

Facilitators:

  • Dr. Kelly Bricker, Vice-Chair GSTC Board of Directors, Co-Chair of GSTC International Standards Working Group
  • Dr. Richard Denman, GSTC Associate Technical Director, Co-Chair of GSTC International Standards Working Group

Participate in the GSTC Destination Criteria revision

17:15 – 17:45

Room #1

(12) Conference Summary

(Big ideas from each session by each moderator)

Moderator: Randy Durband, CEO, GSTC

  • Prof. Graham Miller, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Surrey
  • Ronald Sanabria, Sustainable Tourism Specialist
  • Heidi van der Watt, Better Tourism Africa; GSTC Board of Directors
  • Luigi Cabrini, Chair, GSTC
  • Jonathan Tourtellot, CEO, Destination Stewardship Center
  • Dr. Kelly Bricker, Vice-Chair GSTC Board of Directors, Co-Chair of GSTC International Standards Working Group
17:45 – 18:00 Closing Ceremony
18:00 departure  Departure from Maun Lodge to Cresta Riley’s

Dinner at Cresta Riley’s

Monday, December 10

Time Activity
full day Post-conference Complimentary Tour to Moremi Game Reserve

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