2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Sustainable Tourism Conference | Feb 27 – Mar 2 | Chiang Mai, Thailand 2019-01-21T22:11:48+00:00

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
Sensor technology, monitoring (socio-economic impact, environmental indicators), establishment of a carrying capacity

2. Quality Tourism: Delivering Sustainable Quality Experiences
Community Benefits Through Tourism (CBTT), overtourism solutions,  visitor dispersal, harmonization of standards

3. Tourism Protecting Wildlife
Elephants in tourism, wildlife trade and consumption, marine wildlife 

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.

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


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

Luigi Cabrini
Chair, GSTC


Koko Tang
CEO, Yunnan Vinetree Tourism Development Co., Ltd.

Dr. Pakkanut Bansiddhi
Elephant Research and Education Center, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University

John Roberts
Director of Conservation, Minor Hotel Group

Dr. AA Yaptinchay 
Director, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines

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

Full list of speakers


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.

Extending your stay to explore the area?