The annual GSTC Conference, the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2018 (GSTC2018), addressed topics based on the Kasane Call to Action to accelerate sustainable consumption and production (SCP):
• Achieving Sustainable Destination Management
• Certification as a Driver of Sustainable Tourism
• Reaching the SDGs through the GSTC Criteria
• Market Access for Responsible Tourism Businesses
It has brought together 150 delegates from 26 countries.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Botswana

Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Energy, Food & Beverage, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation, Public Procurement, Tourism

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising, Policy Frameworks & Tools

Start date
07/12/2018

End date
10/02/2019

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Roi Ariel

General Manager

Global Sustainable Tourism Council

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Objectives

The annual GSTC Conference, the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2018 (GSTC2018), will address topics based on the Kasane Call to Action to accelerate sustainable consumption and production (SCP):
- Achieving Sustainable Destination Management
- Certification as a Driver of Sustainable Tourism
- Reaching the SDGs through the GSTC Criteria
- Market Access for Responsible Tourism Businesses

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Outreach and communication for SCP

  • Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2018 in Maun, Botswana

Impact and Results

As part of the GSTC Destination Criteria Revision process, a “Working Session on GSTC Destination Criteria Revision” took place (facilitators: Dr. Kelly Bricker, Vice-Chair GSTC Board of Directors, Co-Chair of GSTC International Standards Working Group; and Dr. Richard Denman, GSTC Associate Technical Director, Co-Chair of GSTC International Standards Working Group). All tourism stakeholders are invited to comment and make recommendations during the GSTC Destination Criteria Revision public consultation period.

As with previous GSTC Conferences, the carbon footprint of the event is being offset to become a ‘carbon neutral event’ by the scheme CO2 NEUTRAL SEAL through sponsorship of Green Evolution SA. Other sustainable-events practices were carried out, such as reducing paper and plastic usage to a minimum: brochures were not printed at all but were being provided through pdf files, no plastic bottles were used during the conference. Vegetarian meal was the default meal option. The lanyards of the badges were collected to be re-used at the First Tourism and the SDGs Conference (Auckland, New Zealand, 24-25 January 2019).

The Conference also brought direct and indirect benefits to local businesses, as the participants stayed in different accommodations in Maun, with dinners distributed to a number of venues. Stands of local craftsmen and local goods were present at the venue.

A document with the key conclusions from the conference is available here: https://www.gstcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/Global-Sustainable-Tourism-Conference-2018-GSTC2018-Conclusions.pdf

Presentations from the conference can be accessed here: https://www.gstcouncil.org/gstc2018/program/