Event Title:

GSTC – The Philippines National Forum on Global Sustainable Tourism 

Standards and Development”

A 2-day forum aims to convene key officials in the Government and Private sector in the Tourism, Hospitality, Entrepreneurs, Academes, Youth Leaders, Environment advocates and other related groups to learn from the global experts about sustainable tourism knowledge and best practices and to support the sustainable destination development in the Philippines.

Endorsed by the United Nations (UN), Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) plays an important role as a global leader in providing guidance for sustainable tourism development and management. Through this form, GSTC will also launch various training programs in top destinations in the Philippines as part of their commitment to ensure a long-term success in sustaining tourism businesses.

We are expecting 300 delegates from the various concerned sector:

  1. Public Sector
  • Directors from DOT, DENR, DILG & LGUs in-charge of environment, governance, planning & development, tourism.
  1. Private Sector – CEOs, General Managers, Directors and Business Owners
  • Travel and Tourism Industry – Travel Agencies, Tour Operators, Tour Bus Operators, Cruise ships and Airlines.
  • Hospitality Industry – Hotels & Resorts, Restaurants and related Associations
  • Entrepreneurs – Eco / Organic Product providers; Health & Beauty products / services, etc.
  • Real Estate & Land Owners – Developers, Contractors, Architects, Builders, Suppliers
  • Energy, Water, Organic Farming Industry and Recycling Sectors
  • Non-Government Organizations, Cooperatives, Environment, Conservation & Green Advocacy groups
  • Academe, Educators, Youth Leaders in Tourism, Hospitality and Sustainability Courses



Day 1 – November 9, 2017

MODULE 1: National Agencies & LGU Module

MODULE 2: The Philippine Environment & Climate Impact Statements, Systems & Updates for   

                       Sustainable Tourism

  1. Environment Management Acts & Updates in Protected Areas for Tourism by Ms. Jacqueline Caancan, EMB Director – Environmental Management Bureau (tbc)
  2. Inspiring Actions for Climate Resilience in the Philippines Tourism hot spots by Mr. Emmanuel de Guzman, Executive Director – Climate Change Commission (tbc)
  • Philippine Coastal Marine Conservation & Protection for Sustainable Tourism by Dr. A.A. Yaptinchay, President – Marine Wildlife Watch


MODULE 3: Making the Philippine Culture & Heritage Tourism Sustainable

  1. Conservation and Restoration of Philippine’s Customs & Traditions for Tourism by Mr. Rico S. Pable, Jr. – National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA)
  2. Protection and Conservation of the Philippines’ Heritage Sites by Dominic Q. Galicia Executive Director – ICOMO Philippines (tbc)
  • Sustainable Procurement: Eat Local, Buy Local by MS. Chit Juan, Co-owner – Slow Food Philippines (tbc)


Day 2 – November 10, 2017

MODULE 4: Training Session

  1. GSTC Standards for Government Policy & Destination Management by Mr. Randy Durband – GSTC CEO
  2. Best Practices for Destinations – The Making of Sustainable Riviera Maya by Ms. Beatriz Barreal, CEO Sustainable Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • GSTC Standards for Businesses, Greening Hotels, MICE and Tour Operations by Ms. Susan Santos de Cardenas, GSTC Country Representative & Trainer, Philippines; President & CEO, Society for Sustainable Tourism & Development, Inc.
  1. Best Practices for Hotels & Resorts by Mr. Carlos Segura, GSTC Ambassador Hotel Paradisus Melia Hotel, Sustainability Manager, Quintana Roo, Mexico
  2. Best Practices – Sustainable Development by Architect Arturo Amaya, Architecture Nature & Design



  1. Case Study Analysis: Sustainability of Top Destinations of the Philippines
  2. Signing of Sustainability Pledge for the Philippines





Randy Durband is the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the UN-created NGO that manages global baseline standards for sustainable tourism. He brings to his leadership position of GSTC a unique blend of skills and experience based on the two career paths he has taken in travel and tourism – twenty-four years in senior leadership positions at tour operators with global operations, plus seven years working for sustainable development in travel and tourism.  His first career included serving as President for Travcoa, INTRAV, and Clipper Cruise Lines, (all brands within TUI Group), and Executive VP of Tauck.

He combines knowledge and networks of the travel industry with a passion for sustainability.  He served as technical advisor in tourism development projects with UN agencies UNESCO and ILO and other NGO’s and foundations, with focuses on poverty reduction, emerging destinations, sustainable destination development, and cultural heritage tourism.



Susan Santos Cárdenas specializes on sustainable tourism development and stewardship initiatives with Community Social Responsibility (CSR) at grassroots application. A savvy tourism professional and hotelier with more than 20 years’ experience managing sales, marketing, operations, events – M.I.C.E. and human resources development for start-ups and luxury hotel resorts, tour operators, travel agencies, lifestyle events and publications, in the Philippines, Singapore, Peru and Japan.


She had been a keynote speaker & resource person in capacity building and training workshops for sustainable tourism development to include Ecotourism, Community-based and Agri-tourism promotion. She was a consultant and adviser for Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Philippines. She is a founding board member of the Asian Ecotourism Network, Country Representative & Trainer of Global Sustainable Tourism Council.



Has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Graduate Studies on History of Mexico City from the Universidad Iberoamericana. He is Professor of Architecture at the Universidad Iberoamerica and Universidad Nacional de México, specializing on Architectural Design with focus on Development areas.

Amaya has worked as an independent architect as well as in collaboration with the renowned Mexican architect Mario Lazo. For ten years the architects’ main development projects include Mayakoba Master Plan, Bosques de Santa Fe, Villas de la Cañada, Isla Sotavento, Banyan Tree Resort and Fairmont Resort.

In 2009, he founded and managed Dirección Arquitectonica SC, with headquarters in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The firm has worked with leading Spanish developer, OHL on projects such as: Rosewood Residences, Banyan Tree expansion, Ciudad Mayakoba (sustainable city development) as well as other developments such as landmark shopping malls in Playa del Carmen. His firm is also currently working on making “Sustainable City -Playa del Carmen”.



Founder, CEO and President of Sustainable Riviera Maya, Ms. Barreal is a visionary towards “Paradise forever AND for everyone” fostering Sustainability through pride of belonging and inner force.


An entrepreneur and professional in Communications, Branding and Marketing for 25 years, passionate about sustainability and the innovative sustainable management of Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya from marketing to international networking. A lead strategist and organizer of actions among UNWTO | UN | UNCTAD | EMPRETEC | GSTC with authorities and stakeholders in Riviera Maya. As Country Representative for Mexico in the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), advocated and advanced Riviera Maya as Early Adopter of the GSTC in 2013.


Coordinator and promoter of the Destination Certification process with EarthCheck and ultimately, Co-founder of Mexico Sostenible – Sustainable Mexico – with national and regional leaders, to raise awareness and promote sustainability for the country, contributing to its Sustainable Development Goals.




Early Bird Rate Php 12,500.00

(Book before September 30, 2017)

Regular Rate Php 14,500.00

(Inclusive of the 2-day Forum Pass, Access to the Exhibit, Event Kit, Lunch, AM & PM Snacks, Certificates)



To register, please call 655 – 7132 / 734 – 4668 and email marketing@leadimpact.asia

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