2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Sustainable Tourism Conference: Quality Through Creativity | Feb 27 – Mar 2 | Chiang Mai, Thailand


The 2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Conference will address the following themes:

1. Smart Destination Management
Destination Managers are increasingly applying new technologies to assist them with many aspects of their complex jobs in managing tourism destinations. “Smart Destinations” refers to data-driven decision-making and management of destinations.

2. Quality Tourism: Delivering Sustainable Quality Experiences
This track of the conference program content considers both industry (businesses) offering more sustainable or responsible product as well as public sector destination managers doing the same.

3. Tourism Protecting Wildlife
The business of travel can either provide protection to wildlife by funding activities that create incentives for residents and governments to enforce protection laws and ethics, or it can cause much harm to wildlife. Awareness-raising is key, and this track will cover issues of importance to everyone involved in travel and tourism.

2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific 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 mixture of plenary sessions and breakouts with international and national experts in sustainable tourism as speakers, panelists, and panel moderators.



Registration includes:

  • Welcome reception and dinner – February 27th
  • 2 full days conference – February 28th & March 1st (including lunches and dinner on March 1st)
  • 1-day post-conference tour (limited availability) – March 2nd


Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat
Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kingdom of Thailand


Luigi Cabrini
Chair, GSTC


Dr. Chuwit Mitrchob
Deputy Director-General, DASTA (Thailand’s Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration)

Janice Lao
Director – Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels

Natalie Kidd
Managing Director, PEAK DMC, Intrepid Group

Lee Poston
Communications Director, WWF Greater Mekong

Hazel Xue Fang Quek
Senior Corporate Responsibility Executive, Hilton


Rili Djohani
Executive Director, Coral Triangle Center


VenueThe Empress Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is the former seat of the Lanna Kingdom, Founded in 1296 CE. Currently, it is the hub of Northern Thailand and the Capital City of the Province of this name. With a population of over 170,000 in the city proper (but more than 1 million in the metropolitan area), it is Thailand’s fifth-largest city.

Chiang Mai’s historical centre is the walled city (city is chiang in the northern Thai dialect while mai is new, hence Chiang Mai or New City.) Sections of the wall dating to their restoration a few decades ago remain at the gates and corners, but of the rest only the moat remains. Inside Chiang Mai’s remaining city walls are more than 30 temples dating back to the founding of the principality, in a combination of Burmese, Sri Lankan and Lanna Thai styles, decorated with beautiful wood carvings, Naga staircases, leonine and angelic guardians, gilded umbrellas and pagodas laced with gold filigree. The most famous is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which overlooks the city from a mountainside 13 km away.


Weather: February-March in Chiang Mai

Visa: Do you need a visa to enter Thailand? Find out here.

Travel Arrangements: Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) is served with plenty of international and domestic flights. It is also possible to travel by buses from Bangkok and other cities in the region.

Hotel reservations are the responsibility of the attendee: accommodation options.

More Travel Information available here.

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