IT.A.CÀ Rimini 2017 – Green Destinations Day Italy

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd; Rimini Campus – University of Bologna

Event part of the Global Green Destinations DaysRimini will be the host city in Italy.

National and international experts, as well as representatives from destinations will be present, to discuss sustainable tourism development and share their best practices. The event will include the speech of a UNWTO representative, as well as the presentation of Green Destinations and their current initiatives.

Tourism sector operators, public authorities, entrepreneurs and residents of Rimini are invited to attend the morning conference and share their thoughts and ideas in the Networking Meeting in the afternoon.

It will be also an opportunity to involve all Italians and international students of the bachelor and master degrees in Tourism Economics and Management, Environmental Sustainability, Economia del Turismo, International Tourism and Leisure Industries and Service Management from the University of Bologna, who will be able to have a deeper interaction with the experts during the Student Forum.

9.00 – 13.00

Morning Conference 

Moderator: Annalisa Spalazzi, Coordinator Festival IT.A.CA’ Rimini

  • 9.00 -9.10 Sergio Brasini – Coordinator Rimini Campus, University of Bologna – Welcome on behalf of the University                    
  • 9.10 – 9.25 Pierluigi MusaròDirector of IT.A.CA’ migrants and travelers
    9 years of sustainable and responsible tourism for development through IT.A.CA’ festival 
  • 10.15 – 10.35 José Maria de Juan, Coordinator International Cooperation, Director KOAN Consulting, EARTH/ ISTO
    When social and responsible tourism join forces. Merger between the European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and the International Social Tourism Organization.
  • 10.40 – 10.55 Xavier Lechien, President EDEN Network and Director Durbuy Local Development  Agency (Belgium) The Eden Network: from a European Commission initiative to a European private network of Sustainable Tourism
  • 10.55 – 11.15 Coffee Break
  • 11.20 – 11.40 Jana Apih, Managing Director Good Place Factory of Sustainable Tourism and Tina H. Zakonjšek, General Manager New Tourism Institute.
    Slovenia makes you green: how we developed a unique model of sustainable tourism. The “Slovenia Green Certification”.
  • 11.45 – 12.05 Simone Riccardi, Founder Ecobnb
    Community of sustainable tourism.  Awarded by UNWTO for the “Innovation in Enterprises” category.
  • 12.05 – 12.35 Members of the network Green Destinations, presenting their best practices

      -Raffaella Nocchi, Montepisano DMO, Tuscany

      -Valere Tjolle, Founder Best of Romagna

14.30 - 16.30

Student Forum 

Discussion panel with international experts and professors. Presentation of the results of  Student Projects from the international Master and Bachelor Degrees.

Speakers confirmed:

Jana Apih, Managing Director Good Place Factory of Sustainable Tourism

Tina H. Zakonjšek, General Manager New Tourism Institute

Enzo Finocchiaro, Expert in Sustainable and Cultural Tourism

Paolo Figini, Professor University of Bologna

Maria Gabriella Baldarelli, Professor University of Bologna

Esmeralda Neri, CKAA (Climate-Kic Alumni Association)

15.00 - 18.00

Green Destination Networking Meeting (@ Rimini Innovation Square)

Moderators: Albert Salman (Green Destinations) and Emma Taveri (Destination Makers)

Destinations, tourism sector operators, entrepreneurs, NGOs, university and students are invited to participate and present their ambitions in sustainable and responsible tourism in the International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017.

All participants are invited to bring the issues they face and what kind of support they need, to find ways to cooperate among the different networks, destinations and businesses, to achieve and promote sustainable tourism in Italy. It will be a working meeting; interaction and discussion will be encouraged.

For registration, follow this link:

The Festival IT.A.CA’ of Responsible Tourism is held in different italian cities. In Rimini it will be from the 16 – 24 September in different locations of the city and its hinterland.

The full programme with its numerous events is available in the official website of the festival

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