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


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


Rosa Harris
Director of Tourism, Cayman Islands

Martina von Münchhausen
Programme Manager Sustainable Tourism, WWF

Dr. Xavier Font
Professor, University of Surrey

Stewart Moore
CEO, EarthCheck

Rika Jean-François
CSR Commissioner, ITB Berlin


VenueAngra do Heroísmo Conference Centre, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

Terceira Island, Azores, is the second most populated Azorean island with 58000 inhabitants and the third biggest in surface area after S. Miguel and Pico. It is also known as “The Lilac Island”. Terceira’s municipal seat is located in Angra do Heroismo where the Paços do Concelho (City Hall), a majestic construction of the 19th century, is an important example of the rich architectural patrimony of Angra.

More information on Terceira, Azores


Weather: December in Terceira, Azores, Portugal

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Travel Arrangements: Lajes Internacional Airport (TER) is served with flights from North America and Europe. More details.

Accommodation is the responsibility of the participants. More details on featured hotels.

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