GSTC2022 Conference Program

The GSTC2022 Global Conference in Seville, Spain, December 12-15, will address:

  • (A) Tourism Adaptation to Climate Change
  • (B) Mainstreaming Sustainability Standards
  • (C) Destination Stewardship
Registration
Speakers

December 11th-12th – Pre-conference Training (optional)

A two-day in-person GSTC Sustainable Tourism training class is offered in conjunction with the GSTC2022 Global Conference, during December 11th at 9:00-17:00 and December 12th at 9:00-17:00. Those participating in the training class, can then join the evening reception and the rest of the conference program (December 12th – 15th).

A class in English and a class in Spanish are offered. Fore more information:

Monday, December 12th – Welcome Dinner

TimeActivity
11:00 – 12:30Meeting for GSTC-Accredited Certification Bodies (by invitation only)
14:00 – 15:00Presentation: Auditing Process (by invitation only)

For GSTC-Accredited Certification Bodies & GSTC-Recognized Standard Owners

15:30 – 17:00GSTC Destination Members Meeting (by invitation only)
19:00Welcome Reception

Venue TBC

Tuesday, 13th December – Conference Day 1 (tentative)

TimeActivity
8:00 – 9:00Registration
9:15 – 10:00Opening Ceremony

  • Luigi Cabrini, Chair, GSTC (10-15 minutes)
10:00 – 10:45GSTC’s Global Mission and Current Activities
Randy Durband, CEO, GSTC
10:45- 11:30Refreshment Break and Networking
(Press conference)
11:30 – 13:00

@ Auditorium

(1) Influencing Supply Chains to be more Sustainable

Arantxa Garcia Lis – Head of Sustainability TUI Musement, TUI Group

13:00 – 14:30Lunch
14:30 – 15:45

@Auditorium

(2) Destination Stewardship Councils and the Role of Standards

Speakers:

  • Dr. Frans Teguh, Senior Advisor Sustainable Development & Conservation, Indonesia Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy
  • Stefano Ravelli – President of ATP Valsugana
  • Carolina Mendonça – Sustainability Coordinator, Azores DMO
  • Dr. Michaela Hölz, Wagrain-Kleinarl
14:30 – 15:45

@ Madrid room

(3) Sustainable Business Travel

Speakers TBC

14:30 – 15:45

@ Brussels room

(4) Sustainable Luxury Hospitality

Speakers:

  • Jeff Smith – Vice President Sustainability, Six Senses
  • Pegi Amarteifio – VP, Global PR & Communications, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH)
  • Carlo Runggaldier – CEO, Tourist Office, San Vigilio & San Martin
15:45 – 16:30Refreshment break and networking
16:30 – 18:00

@Auditorium

(5) National Tourism Programs Using Existing Sustainable Tourism Standards

Speakers:

  • Liina Maria Lepik – Director, Estonian Tourist Board
  • Visit Finland
  • Slovenian Tourist Board
  • Switzerland Tourism
16:30 – 18:00

@ Madrid room

(6) LATAM 

Moderator: Jorge Moller, GSTC Director LATAM

Speakers:

  • Iván Eskildsen, Minister of Tourism of Panama
  • Luis Chevez – Vice Minister of Tourism of Honduras
  • Beatriz Román Alzerreca – Director, Chile National Tourism Service (SERNATUR)
  • Gustavo Alvarado – Director, Costa Rica Tourism Board (Instituto Costarricense de Turismo ICT)
  • Juliane Salvadori – Secretary of Tourism of Bonito City, Brazil
16:30 – 18:00

@ Brussels room

 (7) Accessibility & Diversity in Travel & Tourism

Roni Weiss – Executive Director, Travel Unity

18:15End of the first day (dinner not included)

Wednesday, 14th December – Conference Day 2 (tentative)

TimeActivity
9:00 – 9:30Registration
9:30 – 10:45

big auditorium

(8) Public-Private Collaboration on Sustainable Tourism Standards

Speakers TBC

10:45 – 11:15Refreshment break and networking
11:15 – 12:30

@Auditorium

(9) Climate Change, Heat Waves, and Fires: Influence on the Tourism Industry

Moderator: Luigi Cabrini – Chairman, GSTC
Albert Salman – President, Green Destinations (part of the Future of Tourism Coalition)

11:15 – 12:30

@ Madrid room

 OTAs highlighting sustainable accommodations and tours

Speakers TBC

11:15 – 12:30

@ Brussels room

11 Cultural Session
11:15 – 12:30

@ Paris room

MICE Criteria Consultation Workshop
12:30 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:30

@Auditorium

(12) Carbon Neutral Cities

Vagelis Vlachos – CEO, Athens Development and Destination Management Agency
Jaume Mata – Sustainable Tourism, Visit València

14:00 – 15:30

@ Madrid room

(13) Green Mobility

Speakers TBC

14:00 – 15:30

@ Brussels room

(14) Sustainability Reporting in Accommodations

Moderator: Glenn Mendziuk – CEO, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

Speakers:

  • Brianda Lopez – CEO, Hostelling International
  • Rebecca Bartlett-Jones – Business Development Manager, Green Key Global
14:00 – 15:30

@ Paris room

Attraction Criteria Consultation Workshop
15:30 – 16:00Refreshment break and networking
16:00 – 17:00

Auditorium (plenary)

(15) Türkiye Green Tourism Scheme

  • Dr. Elif Balcı Fisunoğlu – Vice General Manager, Tourism Operations and Development, Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA)
  • Randy Durband – CEO, GSTC
  • Dr. Ioannis Pappas – Regional Director Mediterranean, GSTC
17:00 – 17:15Closing session
17:15Leave FIBES Congress Center
19:00 – 21:30Farewell cocktail dinner at Real Alcazar 

Including a private tour

Thursday, 15th December: Post-conference tour

10:00Meeting point tbc with Official tour guides
10:30Plaza de España
11:15Santa Cruz quarter
12:00Cathedral
13:00Setas de Sevilla
13:30Lunch is not included

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