22 Nov 2017
  • Venue: UniSey campus, Anse Royale, Mahe, Seychelles
  • Start Date: Wednesday, 22 November 2017
  • End Date: Sunday, 26 November 2017

Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States

 About the Conference:

In the framework of the 2017 UN International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development this conference wishes to provide a platform for tourism professionals, academics and practitioners from the Seychelles, other SIDS and the region to discuss an integrated practical approach to sustainable tourism in SIDS. For this event, the SSTF, and the University of Seychelles (Department of Tourism and Cultural Heritage) partnered up with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas’ Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS group), the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the Paris Tourism Sorbonne Institute of Research and Higher Education in Tourism (IREST), to organize a regional conference on sustainable tourism in SIDS, which will combine academic tourism research with practical best practice examples. The conference aims at connecting the various stakeholders working and researching the environmental and socio-cultural development of the tourism industry, for constructive discussions and networking. The conference themes are:

Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas

In Partnership with the TAPAS Group, the focus areas will be will be sustainable tourism in protected areas, including terrestrial parks and reserves, marine protected areas, and World Heritage Sites:

➢    Evaluating the financial and economic benefits of tourism in PAs;

➢    Impacts on biodiversity of PA tourism;

➢    Tourism concessions and partnerships for tourism;

➢    Community benefits and socio-economic linkages;

➢    Destination management and the application of standards and certification tools for protected areas (e.g. IUCN Green List; GSTC Criteria and certifications, etc.)

Tourism´s social responsibility and cultural protection in SIDS

In partnership with the UniSey - TCH Department, the main questions/themes/focus areas are:

➢    Tools  and best practices to reinstall destination ownership among local populations. 

➢    Tools and best practices to involve local populations in sustainable tourism and provide training opportunities, foster sustainable product enhancement etc.

➢    Destination management and the application of standards and certification for heritage sites and cultural preservation in SIDS. 


Call for papers:

For full details follow this link: Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States



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About the Keynote Speaker:  Randy Durband

Randy Durband has had two careers in travel and tourism – twenty-plus years in senior leadership positions at some of the finest U.S. tour operators, having served as President for Travcoa, INTRAV, and Clipper Cruise Lines, (brands within TUI Travel plc), plus Executive Vice President of Tauck World Discovery. Following that, in his second travel and tourism career, Randy advanced the work of Sustainable Tourism as an advisor, consultant, and speaker.  He brings his knowledge of the business of travel, his global network of travel professionals, and a passion for sustainability to support the GSTC and the general sustainable tourism movement. He has held several board positions and committee memberships in travel and tourism organizations, and is a frequent speaker on sustainable tourism issues.



Please download and complete registration form as required and send it to the e-mail address indicated at the bottom of page 1 of the form.

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Practical information

 Accommodation is not included in the conference participation fee. We kindly ask all conference attendees to make their own accommodation arrangements. Shuttle buses will be provided free of charge for conference participants. We recommend accommodation that is certified (or in the process of being certified) by the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) www.sstl.sc  Follow this link for some additional information.

Follow this link for recommended accommodation.

Air Seychelles offer

Our conference partner Air Seychelles has extended a 10% discount for the conference, bookable only directly via the Air Seychelles website, by entering the following code upon booking: HMSUSTOUR17

Flight compensation: We would like to recommend you consider offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions from your flight. You can calculate and compensate these emissions and support certified carbon offset projects, for example via atmosfair: https://www.atmosfair.de/en/home


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