October 8 – 12, Croatia.
Meet our speakers
President of Green Destinations | Founder of the Global Leaders initiative
Mr. Salman is a global sustainable tourism expert from the Netherlands, with an academic background in coastal ecology and environment. He established the QualityCoast Awards program (2007) and Green Destinations (2014), a non-profit organisation with expert partners in 30 countries. Together with partners he created the first Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100 competition, the Green Destinations Standard, and the online Green Destinations platform for sustainability and quality assessment, monitoring, reporting, and certification. The Top 100 Awards series is now the world’s largest programme recognizing and promoting destination sustainability, and the largest Awards programme of ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show. On a day-to-day basis, Mr. Salman is supporting destinations that are committed to sustainability.
Croatian Minister of Tourism
Since 2016, M. Cappelli is the Minister of Tourism of the Croatian Government and it has served as former Mayor of Mali Lošinj and President of the Tourist Board of Mali Lošinj. During his work at Mali Lošinj, he induced many activities regarding the destination management development at the island of Lošinj, Croatia as well as the Lošinj archipelago as a year-round destination. During his mandate, the Tourist Board in Mali Lošinj became an affiliate member of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and a full member of the UNWTO Knowledge Network.
PLENARY PRESENTATIONS - DAY 1
Susan Santos de Cárdenas
President of Society for Sustainable Tourism & Development Inc. (SST)
Mrs. Santos de Cárdenas is a pioneer advocate specializing in sustainable tourism development and stewardship initiatives with community social responsibility at grassroots application. She has been a staunch innovator, keynote speaker and resource person in learning and capacity building workshops for sustainable tourism to include Ecotourism, Community-based and Agri-Tourism promotion. She was a consultant and adviser for Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Philippines and a founding board member of the Asian Ecotourism Network.
Founder and CEO of Riviera Maya Sostenible | Co-creator of México Sostenible
Mrs. Barreal is founder and CEO of Riviera Maya Sostenible and co-creator of México Sostenible, as well as representative for Mexico and member of the Board of Directors of the World Council of Sustainable Tourism (GSTC). She has a great passion for sustainability and 25 years of experience in communication, branding, and marketing in general. Her contributions to the development of the Riviera Maya as a model destination for sustainability have been remarkable, as its international positioning. She has a great organizational capacity that has been put at the service of numerous events, aimed at promoting the concept of sustainability in Mexico and the international. She has been the promoter and manager of the project that has made the Riviera Maya one of the 14 Early Adopters destinations at the global level of the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria in 2014.
Deputy Mayor City of Dubrovnik / Honorary consul to the Kingdom of Spain
Mrs. Tepšić is the Deputy Mayor City of Dubrovnik, as well as honorary consul to the Kingdom of Spain since 2014. She is a professor of the Spanish language, literature and Comparative literature and has more than 20 years of experience in communication, media and marketing. In the City of Dubrovnik, Mrs. Tepšić is responsible for tourism, sustainability and culture. During her work in past two years, the city has been developing an strategic, long term project called “Respect the City”. She has participated in many congresses worldwide where she presented this project, which deals with innovative integrated development and focuses on the sustainable development of tourism in the city. She showed how the City administration faced with the problem of overcrowding, ensuring a better distribution of visitors and suppressing the negative effects of over-tourism. This Project was recognized as an example of good practice in destination management at the World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) in Krakow.