October 8 – 12, Croatia

Conference Themes

GGDD19 presented over 60 Sustainable Destination solutions and good practices in 12 panels, grouped in 5 themes, during 3 days in 2 locations: Zagreb and Mali Losinj. Explore the different themes, panels and speakers here.

You can find the conference presentations (in .pdf format) in the following shared folder:

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Spreading Tourism Over Space and Time: Destination Management and Marketing

Under this theme, 4 panels will discuss the challenge of managing large numbers of tourists based on exemplary cases of destination management, creating green tourism products and marketing solutions. Speakers will share their expertise about attracting more responsible types of travellers or to deconcentrate the tourism activity in a specific place. One of the good examples to be presented on this theme is the Croatian Town of Drniš, who aims to provide citizens and visitors with a higher standard of living and quality service through the concept of “smart city”. You can also embark on a journey with the Drava Bike Route, a cycling route connecting four different countries and promoting soft mobility; or discover the Green Pyrenees Slow Tourism project, aiming to modernize the Train of the Lakes boosting eco-mobility and sustainable development. The Slovenian Tourism Board will share their marketing strategies to disperse the flow of tourists over space and time.

Tourism to Support Local Communities, Culture and Tradition

This theme will present good practice stories in three panels related to built and intangible heritage, and about the influence of tourism on local communities. For example stories from Guyana and Uganda will show how local and indigenous communities can be involved in and benefit from Tourism. An interesting case from Taiwan will present how an historical tunnel was transformed into a bike lane; and Slovenian destinations will show initiatives regarding the creation of  city tours and gastronomy trips to enhance and celebrate their intangible heritage.

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Tourism to Support Nature and Biodiversity

Nature and Biodiversity will be the main topics of this theme with a focus on marine life protection.  For example, Menorca will show how they protected their territory by becoming a Biosphere Reserve, Bohinj will present their International Wild Flower Festival, raising awareness for environmental issues and Guam will present their initiatives to prevent damage to coral reefs also by raising awareness between stakeholders.

Facing the Carbon and Climate Challenge

In this theme, several solutions will be presented to deal with the problem of carbon emissions and climate change. Soft mobility is one of the weapons utilized to solve this scourge. In this theme, Alpine Pearls will present the successful E-tour, passing across several countries, while Miren Kras will guide us through their strategy to embrace E-Mobility and promoting sustainable ways of transportation.

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Water, Waste Management and How to Reduce the Use of Plastics

This theme on water and waste management will focus on fighting marine litter and reducing the use of plastics and includes a special workshop by Antoine Delaunay Belleville (Future of Waste, France) on engaging stakeholders for a circular economy. Furthermore, for example Zlarin Island explain how they plan to become Croatia’s first plastic-free island, but also speakers from Azores, Kornati NP, Östergötland and Lastovo will share their experiences on reducing marine litter in their destinations.