Global Green Destinations Days 2019

Croatia will host the Global Green Destinations Days 2019, on October 8-12. The City of Dubrovnik, well known for its recent overtourism issues, will present its new strategy and its solutions. 

Top experts from all continents will discuss how to keep excessive tourism at bay and secure the interests of host communities. New insights will be shared on the preservation of nature & local culture, dealing with waste and plastic litter, and strategies for developing an environmentally responsible and climate-friendly destination policy.

“A key event for destinations that wish to avoid overtourism”

“…an inconvenient truth of global tourism is that it is developing in a rather unsustainable and irresponsible way, which makes life difficult for many destinations and host communities. It is time that destinations exchange experience and solutions on how to avoid disruption. This event is the place-to-be for destination managers and experts.”Albert Salman, President of Green Destinations

The leading global event in sustainable destination management
This three-day international event, supported by partners and co-organisers Mali Lošinj Tourism Board, Zagreb Tourism Board and Kvarner Tourism Board, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism in Croatia, is an initiative held by Green Destinations, an international foundation for Sustainable Destination Management. This year’s event offers more than 30 presentations and panel sessions on the topic of Green Solutions for Destinations, and will present the 2019 Top 100 Sustainable Destinations. 

Presentations from internationally recognized leaders in sustainability 
Beginning with the Croatian Minister of Tourism Mr. Gari Cappelli, national and international destination leaders will present their experiences and challenges in sustainable destination management. 

Invited Speakers include:
Mr. Hrvoje Carić, Keynote Speaker, Institute for Tourism Croatia
Mrs. Susan Santos de Cárdenas, President of the Society for Sustainable Tourism & Development, and founding board member of the Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN)
Mrs. Beatriz Barreal, founder and CEO of Riviera Maya Sostenible and Co-creator of México Sostenible
Mr. Albert Salman, President of Green Destinations foundation
Mrs. Jelka Tepšić, Deputy Mayor City of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Mr. Antoine Delaunay Belleville, Founder of Disco Soupe Mouvement and Future of Waste., France.

Special parallel panels with international experts 
In parallel workshop panels, 6 different topics will be discussed in detail: [1] Spreading tourism over space and time: managing hotspots and developing new ‘green destinations’, [2] Tourism to support local communities, culture & tradition, [3] Tourism to support nature and biodiversity, [4] Marketing a sustainable destination, [5] Facing the carbon & climate challenge in tourism, incl. soft mobility [6] Water and Waste management and how to reduce the use of plastics.  Destinations and businesses all over the world were invited to submit their best practice stories from these subjects, and the best were chosen to present their cases. Attendees to the event will be able to join the live panels in any of the topics. 

Global Green Destinations Days serve as a starting point for stimulation of practice, promoting unique features of destinations, preservation of biotic diversity, balance between the protection and accessibility of the natural and cultural heritage, harmonized development of the local communities. 

Registrations are open to the public at  GGDD19

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