GSTC 2019 Global Conference: “Navigating the Way Forward in Sustainable Tourism” | 4-7 December 2019 | Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

The GSTC2019 Global Conference 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) Smart & Sustainable Destination Management
– Applying the GSTC Industry Criteria in a national scheme
– Seasonality: Under- and Over-tourism
– Certification as a driver for destination stewardship
– Island & Marine Tourism

(B) Market Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Products
– Marketing sustainability and influencing travelers’ preferences
– Plastic pollution in the tourism industry (in partnership with WWF)
– Sustainable and Responsible Procurement

(C) Is Tourism Responding to Climate Change?
– Destinations adaptation to and mitigation of climate change
– Energy, water, and waste in travel and accommodations
– Slow travel and changing consumers demand


A mixture of panel discussions and interactive workshops with international and national experts in sustainable tourism as speakers.


  • December 4th (Wednesday): Welcoming dinner
  • December 5th (Thursday): Conference – day 1
  • December 6th (Friday): Conference – day 2
  • December 7th (Saturday): Post-conference tours
  • December 3rd-4th: GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training
Full program


Registration includes:

Welcome reception and dinner – December 4th
2 full days conference – December 5th & 6th (including lunches and dinners)
1-day post-conference tour (limited availability) – December 7th


Dr. Jane Ashton
Director of Sustainability, TUI Group

Anna Pollock
Founder, Conscious Travel

Luigi Cabrini
Chairman, GSTC