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Panel: Business & Marketing
28 September @ 14:00 - 15:45 EEST
Conference Room: Green Garden – B
This panel serves to engage the private sector in sustainability with a focus on how businesses can contribute to sustainable development. Additionally, innovative ways to communicate about sustainability will be highlighted.
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In her presentation, Anula Galewska will talk about the current state, challenges and opportunities of sustainable tourism in Central Asia and Caucasia. She will include an overview of the main initiatives of sustainable tourism in those regions by highlighting some of their best practices as well as discussing the challenges faced by them. As the co-founder of Travindy, a sustainable tourism consultancy, Anula Galewska has managed and helped improve sustainability among destinations, tourism and hospitality businesses from 80+ countries around the world.
Presentation Title: “Challenges and opportunities for sustainable development in theme parks.”
The challenges but also opportunities in the field of sustainable development are manifold for attraction parks and include the following areas: Energy, water, waste, food waste, supply chains, impact on the local environment, working conditions. At the same time, development is very slow. What are the reasons? Sustainability is still seen as a brake on development and contradicts the principle of the “perfect world”. They do not want to expect their visitors to deal with energy saving or waste separation. Moreover, they are rarely in direct competition and thus feel less pressure. Due to the size and diversity of theme parks, sustainability is difficult to define and there is often a lack of staff and knowledge to find concrete solutions.
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We are creating Slovenia Green Routes connecting certified destinations and business through thematic bike experiences. We see it’s a great way how to create sustainable tourism product and use them also a marketing tool both for sustainable destinations and business but also for sustainable travel. We see huge potential in this approach since our routes are attracting a lot visibility through international travel magazines: Lonely Planet, National geographic,… and a lot of interest fro visitors. We have more than 6.000 downloads of tracks in one season. If you calculate that usually 4 persons are using one track and on average they spend 7 days and use 100 per day, this is also becoming a very important economic drive for certified destinations and business.
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Peter Reelfs will talk about the benefits of sustainable event management. His presentation will answer the question of what effect an event has on the climate, on people and on the surroundings and how to mitigate this impact. He will further address and discuss all three sustainability aspects, give useful tips and tricks on how to plan sustainable events and present prime examples from Sweden. Northflash is a professional consulting firm that focuses is on sustainable tourism and event management. They help destinations, hotels, tour operators and other non-tourist companies to improve their sustainability work.
Presentation Title: “Reduce Food Waste for a more sustainable tourism industry.”
Food waste is responsible for an astonishing 8% of global carbon emissions. By 2030, food waste is expected to increase by 60%. Even though the lack of reliable data makes it difficult to quantify the magnitude of food waste in the tourism industry, some factors are quite clear to all of us. Since even more hotels and accommodations are paying more attention to address sustainability, the reduction of food waste as recorded in the food supplies procedure, the meal preparation and the consumption stage, remains a dream that can come true.
Presentation Title: “AR Trails: ARevolutionizing travel experience.”
Trails are often equipped with various informative signs. However, they are quickly damaged and have high maintenance costs. Moreover, the textual format is usually not attractive for visitors. Sargis Aghayan and his team at AR Trails have developed a mobile app that uses augmented reality to solve this problem and to provide visitors with enhanced audio, video and photo information. Their mission is it to empower travelers to explore and experience travel from a new perspective, through the application of augmented reality.
Presentation Title: “Mitsis Hotels | Committed to our surroundings.”
The presentation by Apollonia Karampatsou will focus on the Mitsis Hotels Group’s commitment to their surroundings and extensive CSR program to support and empower the local communities of their destinations. Operational practices include local recruitment, supporting the local primary sector as well as sponsoring local events and support the local residents in case of a crisis. Furthermore they collaborate with distinguished NGOs and establish long-term partnerships with organizations such as HOPEgenesis, Make-A-Wish Greece and The Ark of the World.
*Note: This event is accessible with the Full Conference ticket.
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