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.

Conference e-booklet


A mixture of plenary sessions and breakouts with international and national experts in sustainable tourism as speakers, panelists, and panel moderators.


Full program


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