The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) together with the Society for Sustainable Tourism & Development Inc. (SSTDI) and LEADimpact Asia, presented the GSTC – The Philippines National Forum last March 15-16, 2018, in the highly controversial Boracay Island, Philippines.

Sector of activity
Tourism

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

Type of lead actors
Civil society, Business Sector

Start date
15/03/2018

End date
16/03/2018

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Roi Ariel

General Manager

Global Sustainable Tourism Council

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Objectives

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) together with the Society for Sustainable Tourism & Development Inc. (SSTDI) and LEADimpact Asia, presented the GSTC – The Philippines National Forum last March 15-16, 2018, in the highly controversial Boracay Island, Philippines.

The National Forum, themed “Global Sustainable Tourism Standards & Development” brought in experts from Quintana Roo, Mexico, in particular GSTC Trainer, Country Representative and Sustainable Riviera Maya CEO, Ms. Beatriz Barreal, and Architect, Nature & Design Expert, Arturo Amaya, who taught and shared the best practices, lessons learned from Cancun & Playa del Carmen, Mexico, especially at the height of the highly contested issue of the impending closure of Boracay Island, amidst reports of environmental destruction.

GSTC CEO Randy Durband opened the Forum with a talk on Global Sustainable Tourism Council Criteria, followed by DOT Undersecretary Alma Rita Jimenez presentation on programs in sustainable tourism development and promotion. The Forum was also attended by the DOT Director for Standards and Regulations, Danilo Intong. DILG Assistant Regional Director for Region VI delivered a talk on LGUs Crucial role in Climate Change Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management especially critical in the Philippines’ coastal tourism areas. The Honorable Pasig Councilor shared his vision on Sustainable Tourism as a tool to alleviate poverty with his learning experience from a GSTC Training in Jeju, Korea, while Masaru Takayama, Chair of Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN) presented about their sustainable ecotourism initiatives in Asia and ASEAN, with compliance to GSTC standards, where several AEN Board Members are also GSTC Trainers and Country Representatives.

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Impact and Results

With the knowledge earned from the two-day forum, the delegates were eager to replicate Sustainable Trainings in their respective areas, in particular, on Sustainable Destinations and Hotels. In this regard, GSTC Philippines Country Representative Susan Santos de Cardenas signified that perhaps another GSTC Forum or Training Program will be scheduled within the year.