The World Travel Market is opening its doors to its annual world travel market exhibition in London, from November 4th to November 7th 2013 at ExCeL London.
The event will feature several conferences and debates on travel, aviation, hotel, cruise, technology, blogging, social media, sports, origin markets, WTM career in travel, advice clinics, and Responsible Tourism.
The events on Responsible Tourism will be articulated and will take place on November 5th-6th and 7th. Key moment is the delivery of the World Responsible Tourism Awards on November 6th from 11.30-12.30.
Events on Responsible Tourism divided by dates:
- November 5th 2013
The agenda foresees the first event in the morning (10.30-11.30) with Miss Claire Steiner, from the Institute of Travel and Tourism, who will discuss and comment on the theme “Employment in Travel and Tourism: the Responsible Tourism agenda”.
Two parallel sessions will take place from 12.00 to 13.00: the first one, themed “What does certification contribute to responsible tourism?” hosts Miss Andrea Nicholas, Managing Director of Green Tourism Business Scheme, and Miss Jenny Rushmore, Director of Responsible Travel at Trip Advisor.
The second one sees Mr. Harold Goodwin, Professor of Responsible Tourism Management from Leeds Metropolitan University and Mr. Glynn O’Leary, Founder and Chief Executive at Transfrontier Parks Destinations share their knowledge on “Responsible Tourism approaches to maximizing local economic development”.
Following in the day, within the “WTM Speakers’ corner” from 12.30 to 15.00 delegates will get to chance to talk about their own responsible tourism activities, to get ideas and exchange best practices and lessons learned from experience.
The afternoon (13.30-14-30) views Mr. Dirk Aguilar, President and Founder of Calasi, discussing about the interconnection of climate change, carbon emissions and responsible travel behaviors. The parallel session’s speaker is Miss Amanda Read, HM Inspector from UK border force exploring the issue of internal trafficking and orphanage tourism.
From 16.30 to 18.00 an interesting debate on Responsible Tourism and access to it for people with disabilities “It is Good for Business: taking Responsibility People with Disabilities” on how the industry can do more for welcoming and providing additional opportunities for people with disabilities.
- Wednesday 6th, 2013
From 10.30 to 11.30 the official WTM Responsible Tourism opening ceremony will take place, where a round table on travel & tourism and carbon pollution and questions and answers on how to face the challenge of its greenhouse gas emissions will be at the centre of the talks. It will host Mr. Gerald Lawless, President and Group Chief Executive Officer at Jumeirah Group, Mr. Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, Minister of Tourism in the cabinet of South Africa and Mr. Johan Lundgren, Deputy Chief Executive at TUI Travel PLC.
From 11.30-12.30 the World Responsible Tourism Awards will be delivered for the 10th consecutive year. The Awards will reflect the ventures around the world that make positive contributions to nature and heritage conservation, and to the economies of local communities.
The afternoon session (14.30-16.00) will present the debate on “Is the Tourism industry doing enough to reduce its water consumption?”, following the United Nations World Tourism day (September 27th, 2013) on the International Year of Water and Cooperation. Speakers in the debate will be Mr. Oliver Kopsch, from DWC DecRen Water Consult and Professor Harold Goodwin.
- Thursday, November 7th 2013
“Taking responsibility for Volunteering” will be the first debate on November 7th (10.30-11.30) , where the focus will be on how to improve the experience of the volunteers to ensure that the communities with whom the volunteers work benefit. Both Professor Harold Goodwin and Mr. David Coles, Co-founding Trustee at Kick Start Ghana will present their business cases.
From 12.00 to 13.00 the last debate will be on tourism and cultural heritage “Responsible Tourism & Heritage: what is the economic contribution?” hosting panelists Mr. Simon Woodward from the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality ( ICRETH) at Leeds Metropolitan University , Mr. Christopher Warren, Sustainable & Responsible Tourism Consultant at Warren & Associates and Mr. Jonathan Foyle, Chief Executive at World Monuments Fund Britain.
|World Travel Market London|
November 4th-7th 2013
@ ExCeL London
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