The GSTC2024 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from April 23rd to April 26th, 2024. The event aims to unite global and local tourism professionals engaged in advancing and advocating for sustainable travel and tourism. This includes participants from the public sector, hotels, tour operators, corporates, online travel agencies, academic institutions, development organizations, non-governmental organizations, consultants, and a variety of other stakeholders.

Registration is now open. Take advantage of the early bird discount by registering now!

* early bird discount available until December 10th

Themes

Environment

Climate and smart management

Social

Welcoming and inclusive

Governance

Thriving and innovative

Credible Assurance

Program

A mixture of panel discussions and interactive workshops with international and national experts in sustainable tourism as speakers.

Schedule

Tuesday, April 23rd
Welcome Reception Dinner (for all participants) at the Stockholm City Hall

Wednesday, April 24th
Conference – day 1 (including lunch) at Cirkus

Thursday, April 25th
Conference – day 2 (including lunch) at Museum of Technology, Maritime Museum, Museum of Ethnography
Farewell dinner (for all participants) at the Vasa Museum

Friday, April 26th
Complimentary tour(s) – see options here

Full program soon

What will it look like?

If you wonder what GSTC Conferences look like, you can see photos and session recordings from the two previous conferences, the GSTC2023 in Antalya, Türkiye and the GSTC2022 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference in Seville, Spain:

GSTC2023

GSTC2022

Thank you Sevilla and GSTC for great conference days! Fantastic that so many countries in the world work to lead the way forward to a more sustainable tourism industry.

Linda Mannerby, Senior Sustainability Manager, Visit Sweden

Kudos to the entire GSTC for an engaging and inspirational Summit.  The content and the quality of the presenters were excellent.  I left the Summit with rafts of information I am immediately applying to shape WWF’s conservation travel strategies.

Jim Sano, WWF, Vice President - Travel, Tourism and Conservation

It’s been an engaging, enlightening, and fun couple of days in Seville at the GSTC Conference.

Matthew Landkamer, Founding Principal, Whereabout

The best way to end a busy and restarting year like 2022, and not only in the world of tourism, was to attend the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference in Seville. More than 60 nationalities, among the most representative companies in the world of tourism meet to take a look at the state of sustainability in our sector and the main challenges to be accomplished. A very important appointment of confrontation, exchange and learning.

Enrico Ducrot, Founder, Ecoluxury Retreats of the World

Thanks to the GSTC team for efficiently organizing the event and making us feel warmly welcomed. Our participation at the GSTC Conference 2023 was truly delightful and it made us feel like an integral part of the sustainability movement.

Aytan Alizamanli, Chief advisor, Azerbaijan State Tourism Agency

I have enjoyed 2 days of learning from my industry colleagues and experts from around the world at the GSTC Asia Pac conference in Korea. A lot of food for thought! I enjoyed this opportunity to learn the many different wonderful initiatives the conference participants are working on with their respective partners in moving towards our shared goal.

Thanks to the GSTC team and also the Korean team for organizing such a fantastic event. I am looking forward to the next Global Sustainable Tourism Conference!

Benjamin Wong, Co-founder and CEO, Tricolage

It has been intensive, informative, inspirational and interesting week at #GSTC2022 conference in Sevilla, Spain. The greatest thing was to meet people in person after talking with them online the past couple of years. Many plans are now on next steps thanks for face to face networking.

Virpi Aittokoski , Manager, Sustainable Travel Finland

It’s been a great opportunity to participate in such a well-organized, productive event and attend a lot of engaging meetings, inspiring sessions, and panel discussions.

I was also lucky enough to meet wonderful, like-minded people and establish a wide network with international professionals from more than 60 countries which would be great for building new collaborations towards more Sustainability in Travel and Tourism.

Special thanks go to the GSTC team for hosting this event and for their tangible efforts in organization. You’ve proficiently managed to make this experience a remarkable and memorable one!

Ahmed Khaled, Program Manager, Green Star Hotel Programme

Such an incredible amount of content related to ESG, finished with a tremendous Turkish cuisine menu and fantastic local music! Congratulations for the entire organization… Im just thrilled :)  

Antonieta Varlese, ESG Americas - Vice President/ CSO - Accor

A huge thank you to the GSTC staff and board for putting on such an amazing conference! Many new friends and connections were made, and GreenStep is looking forward to working together to continue advancing the sustainability of the global tourism industry!

GreenStep Solutions Inc.

This was my 3rd GSTC conferences and I have to admit, it’s getting more and more popular among sustainable tourism heroes. Great panelists, great location and superb organization 👌

Simon Louvard, Founder & Manager, Lodg'ing

I am glad to have participated in the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference in Seville organized by the GSTC. It is inspiring to gather with so many like-minded professionals all united by the same goal: making tourism a vehicle for change toward a more sustainable world. Sustainability is not only a growing trend. It is becoming THE standard. 🌱

Francesco Piccolo, CFO & Founder, TripGuru

Speakers

Fatma Mabrouk Khamis
Principal Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Heritage, Zanzibar – Tanzania

Cheh Hsien Lee
Division Director – Planning, Sentosa Development Corporation

Neil Rogers
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Rewilding Europe Travel

Ingunn Sørnes
Special Advisor on Sustainability, Innovation Norway

Annika Sandström
Region Tourism Chief, Region Västerbotten

Catherine Gilvarry
Head of Supply, Hostelworld

Camilla Zedendahl
CEO, Royal Djurgården Society

Henrik Littorin
Program Manager, ELIS (electrified aviation)

Full list of speakers coming soon

Travel Information

Weather: April in Stockholm, Sweden

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

How to get to Stockholm:

By Air: Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) has direct flights from many European cities.

By Train: Stockholm has direct international connections to and from Norway and Denmark.

Accommodation is the responsibility of the participants. Discounted rate at the official hotels.

More travel information here

More information about official hotels here

Location

Stockholm

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is a captivating city with a rich history and a vibrant modern culture. Founded in the 13th century, this Scandinavian metropolis offers a unique blend of historical charm and contemporary innovation. Visitors can explore the Royal Palace, wander through the cobbled streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town), and discover the remarkable Vasa Museum, housing a perfectly preserved 17th-century warship. With its picturesque archipelago and cultural events like the Nobel Prize ceremonies, Stockholm offers a diverse and enriching experience for travelers.

More information about Stockholm

Royal Djurgården

Royal Djurgården is nestled in the heart of Stockholm, and is an enchanting island oasis that beckons both locals and tourists alike. With a royal heritage dating back to the 15th century, this green haven boasts a range of world-class museums, including the ABBA Museum and the Nordic Museum. Nature lovers can relish the tranquil atmosphere, while history enthusiasts can delve into Sweden’s past. It’s a serene escape that offers a perfect blend of culture and natural beauty, making it a must-visit destination in the city.

More information about Royal Djurgården

Organizers 

Visit Sweden