The International Conference Azores 2017: Towards Sustainable Tourism was held in Lagoa, Azores, Portugal, on 5-6 December 2017.
The primary focus of the Conference was sustainable destinations and the global trends in sustainable tourism.
The Azores Islands are considered one of the most sustainable destinations in the world and an example of best practice in harmonising the link between tourism and nature.
Luigi Cabrini, the GSTC Chair, gave a Keynote Address on “Tourism Trends and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s Criteria for Sustainable Destinations”. Kathleen Pessolano, GSTC Strategic Partnerships and Destinations Director gave a presentation about the GSTC Destinations Criteria and global trends in destination management.
Other speakers included: Christopher Imbsen of UNWTO, Lorenzo Ocampo of Huatulco, Ixtapa & Nuevo Vallarta, David Simmons of Lincoln University, as well as entrepreneurs and leaders from the Azores and throughout Portugal.
The Conference was co-organized by Joana Borges Coutinno of Sustain Azores, and Daniel Frey of Green Growth, a GSTC Member, who has supported the Azores in using the GSTC Criteria to evaluate and assess their current status of compliance and benchmarking against the GSTC Criteria.
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* Green Growth 2050 is a GSTC recognised certification standard for Hotels & Resorts.