The Nonagon Association – Science and Technology Park of São Miguel, represented by the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Teresa Ferreira, participated, on the 5th and 6th of this month, in the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Congress, at the Cultural and Congress Center of Angra do Heroísmo, on Terceira Island.
This annual Congress has as its main theme “Navigating the Way Forward in Sustainable Tourism”, discussing areas such as “Seasonality and fluctuations in tourism”, “Sustainable Marketing and its effect on travelers’ preferences”, “Certification as a management tool for a destination”, “Rethinking plastics use”, “Sustainability and responsibility in the value chain”, “Tourism destinations and their adaptation to climate change” and “Energy, water and waste in tourism”.
The GSTC Annual Congress is one of the largest international events on sustainable development and brings together many countries at a time of sharing, debate and reflection, not only on this issue at international level, but especially at regional and national level and in this case, taking into account the certification process of the Azores as a Sustainable Tourist Destination, a distinction granted by the certification entity EarthCheck.
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council is an independent and neutral non-governmental organization that brings together United Nations agencies, NGOs, national and regional governments, DMCs, hotels, tour operators, people and communities striving to achieve sustainable tourism best practices.
The Azores were recognized as the first archipelago in the world and the first region of Portugal to receive the Sustainable Tourism Destination certification.