GSTC Global Conference heads to Singapore

The 2024 conference adds to a growing list of sustainability-focused events taking place in the city.

Singapore is cementing its reputation as a leading player in sustainability.
Singapore is cementing its reputation as a leading player in sustainability. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/Danila Shtantsov

Singapore will host the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Global Conference for the first time, with the event taking place from 13-15 November 2024.

The destination has been building its credentials within the sustainability field, having hosted at least six significant sustainability-focused events this year. These include CleanEnviro Summit Singapore, held in April, Ecosperity Week in June, World Cities Summit in July/August, International Solid Waste Association World Congress 2022 in September, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) ISGT – 11th International Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Asia 2022 in November and most recently, the Greentech Festival in Singapore.

Dr Edward Koh, executive director, conventions, meetings & incentive travel at Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said: “Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s decision to hold their 2024 Global Conference in Singapore reflects our growing appeal as a Global-Asia node for quality events with sustainability as a focus.

"Sustainability is a national priority for Singapore and our tourism sector. We are excited to see influential tourism stakeholders globally and in Singapore forge new partnerships and address critical issues in sustainable tourism at the event.”

Prior to hosting the GSTC conference, Singapore will also welcome a number of sustainability-themed events in 2023, including the Asia Climate Forum in April and the Singapore Carbon Market & Investor Forum in July.

STB and Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (SACEOS) recently joined forces to launch a roadmap aimed at raising sustainability standards across Singapore’s MICE industry, focused on specific targets.

These include developing a set of sustainability standards by 2023 that the industry can readily apply, and ensuring that purpose-built MICE venues and 80% of SACEOS members obtain internationally or nationally recognised sustainability certification, or both, by 2025.

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