The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) together with its Indonesian training partner, INDECON, conducted a two-day workshop (2-3 November 2017) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, focusing on applying the GSTC Criteria in Emerging Destinations.

In addition to the Emerging Destinations Workshop, an ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Policy Workshop was conducted by GSTC in partnership with Indonesia Ministry of Tourism, and sponsorship by CIFAL/UNITAR Training Centre, Jeju, Republic of Korea.

Sector of activity
Tourism

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

Type of lead actor
Civil society

Start date
02/11/2017

End date
03/11/2017

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Roi Ariel

General Manager

Global Sustainable Tourism Council

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Objectives

The development of new, “emerging” destinations provides many vital benefits to a nation’s tourism by spreading the revenue to more communities and households, providing authentic and enjoyable experiences to visitors, and potentially mitigating over-crowding at popular mature destinations.

The two-day workshop is held on 2-3 November 2017, immediately after the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism (31 October – 1 November) conducted by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism.

The program will consist of a series of presentations and training sessions with an interactive, participatory workshop format where destination managers, their supporters, and policy-makers will review good practices currently applied in managing emerging destinations sustainably; including how to engage and motivate local stakeholders for continuous improvement, and apply the GSTC Destination Criteria. Destination development and promotion authorities will learn how to communicate sustainability in sustainable tourism products, and will promote their destination to tour operators present at the workshop.

Who should attend? managers, promoters, and leading stakeholders at emerging tourism destinations from Indonesia and throughout ASEAN countries, South Asia, and beyond, plus practitioners from NGOs and national public agencies engaged in tourism development including infrastructure and human resources development. Tour operators that are interested in including emerging destinations in their itineraries will be invited to speak directly with destination managers/promoters and to participate in workshop segments regarding the marketing of the destinations attending the workshop

Activities

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Impact and Results

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) together with its Indonesian training partner, INDECON, conducted a two-day workshop (2-3 November 2017) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, focusing on applying the GSTC Criteria in Emerging Destinations.

The development of new, “emerging” destinations provides many vital benefits to a nation’s tourism by spreading the revenue to more communities and households, providing authentic and enjoyable experiences to visitors, and potentially mitigating over-crowding at popular mature destinations.

The workshop brought 90 participants, mostly Indonesians, with participants and speakers coming from other 8 countries, throughout Asia, and even Europe. Participants were managers, promoters, and leading stakeholders at emerging tourism destinations from Indonesia and throughout ASEAN countries, and beyond, plus practitioners from NGOs and national public agencies engaged in tourism development including infrastructure and human resources development. Tour operators that include emerging destinations in their itineraries attended as well.

The workshop was mainly supported by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism, a GSTC member that has been using the GSTC framework to develop the Sustainable Tourism Destination Standard for Indonesia (STD). Other supporters included Swisscontact, WWF Indonesia, The Nature Conservancy Indonesia, CBI Netherlands, and GSTC member Khiri Travel and Khiri Reach.

Prior to the workshop, the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism (31 October – 1 November) conducted by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism took place, where Mr. Randy Durband, GSTC CEO, gave a keynote speech on “Local Content in Sustainable Tourism Destination Standard”.

The program of the workshop consisted of a series of presentations and training sessions with an interactive, participatory workshop format where destination managers, their supporters, and policy-makers reviewed good practices currently applied in managing emerging destinations sustainably; including how to engage and motivate local stakeholders for continuous improvement, and apply the GSTC Destination Criteria.

In addition to the Emerging Destinations Workshop, an ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Policy Workshop was conducted by GSTC in partnership with Indonesia Ministry of Tourism, and sponsorship by CIFAL/UNITAR Training Centre, Jeju, Republic of Korea.

The ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Policy Workshop was designed for tourism policy-makers in governmental organizations.