GSTC 2019 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference: Program

SCHEDULE

  • 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-4thGSTC Sustainable Tourism Training

(A) Smart & Sustainable Destination Management

Island & Marine Tourism

  • Jerry Spooner, Director, Vanuatu Department of Tourism
  • Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism, Cayman Islands
Seasonality: Under- and Over-tourism

  • Dr. Kelly Bricker, GSTC Vice-Chair
  • David Mifsud, Director – Quality Assurance and Industry HR, Malta Tourism Authority
The Invisible Burden: Integrating Tourism Impacts into Civic Planning & Management

Workshop by the Travel Foundation

Destination Certification Workshop

Moderator: Jana Apih, Managing Director, GoodPlace

Panelists:

  • Albert Salman, President, Green Destinations
  • Stewart Moore, CEO, EarthCheck
  • Luigi Mazzaglia, General Manager, Vireo Srl
Applying the GSTC Criteria in a national scheme

Moderator: Randy Durband, GSTC CEO

Panelists:

  • Ingunn Sornes, Special Adviser, Innovation Norway
  • Upali Rathnayake, Director General, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA)
  • Annika Sandström Tourism Manager, Region Västerbotten
  • Dan Jonasson, Region Västerbotten Turism
Stopping the Flood of Plastic (supported by WWF)

Keynote: Martina von Münchhausen, Programme Manager Sustainable Tourism, WWF

Moderator: Nicola Koschel, GSTC Trainer and WWF Representative at GSTC

Panelists:
– Rachel McCaffery, Director, Travel Without Plastic
– Christian Schröder, Quality and Sustainability Manager, Wikinger Reisen
– Nguyen Dieu Thuy, Programme Coordinator – Oceans, WWF Vietnam

(B) Market Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Products

Sustainable and Responsible Procurement

Moderator: Randy Durband, GSTC CEO

Panelists:

  • Jane Ashton, Director of Sustainability, TUI Group
  • Amine Ahlafi, Vice-President, Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)
Seasonality: Under- and Over-tourism

  • Dr. Kelly Bricker, GSTC Vice-Chair
  • David Mifsud, Director – Quality Assurance and Industry HR, Malta Tourism Authority
Marketing sustainability and influencing travelers’ preferences

Moderator: Prof. Xavier Font, Professor, University of Surrey

Panelists:

  • Rika Jean-François, CSR Commissioner – ITB Berlin
  • Rob Holmes, Founder & Chief Strategist at GLP Films
  • Nina Katrine Prebensen, Director, Business and Economics, The Arctic University of Norway

(C) Is Tourism Responding to Climate Change?

Slow travel (length of stay) and Flygskam (changing consumers demand)

Anna Pollock, Founder, Conscious Travel

Destinations adaptation to and mitigation of climate change

Moderator: Luigi Cabrini, GSTC Chair

Panelists:

  • Gerben Hardeman, Responsible Travel & Tourism Manager, ANVR (the Dutch Travel Trade Association)
  • Prof. David Simmons, Chair, EarthCheck Research Institute

Energy, water, and waste in travel and accommodations

Dr. Ioannis Pappas, Found & CEO, Green Evolution; GSTC Regional Director – Mediterranean

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