South Africa House Conference on Responsible Tourism

There are a few remaining places for the South Africa House Conference on Responsible Tourism taking place on 21 June. To attend please email  Hugh Felton at hfelton@abta.co.uk otherwise you can just take a look to what is going on.

TOURISM – TAKING RESPONSIBILITY, A PROGRESS UPDATE AND A LOOK TO THE FUTURE

South Africa adopted a Responsible Tourism approach in its 1996 White Paper on the Development & Promotion of Tourism. This marked a step change in the way in which tourism is understood, focussing on what tourism could contribute to the new South Africa. Its international leadership was recognised in the 2002 Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism in Destinations which has been very influential over the last ten years in encouraging stakeholders around the world to take responsibility for making tourism more sustainable and using tourism to make “better places for people to live in, better places for people to visit”, in that order.

At this landmark one day conference, speakers will reflect on progress since 2002 and declare their priorities for Responsible Tourism over the next 10 years. There will be a legacy website with all the presentations and outcomes of the conference and a special edition of Progress in Responsible Tourism published in July.

PLENARY SESSION 1: SETTING THE SCENE

Chair:                                       Harold Goodwin, ICRETH, Leeds Metropolitan University & ICRT

10:00 – 10:05                    Opening Welcome

                                                   H. E Dr Zola Skweyiya – High Commissioner to South Africa in UK

10:05 – 10:20                    South Africa: Ten years on from the Cape Town Declaration
                     Bekithemba Langalibalele, Director: Responsible Tourism, Department of Tourism, South
                     Africa

10:20 – 10:35                    How much progress has been made in the last ten years?
Harold Goodwin, ICRETH, Leeds Metropolitan University & ICRT

10:35– 10:50                     Key Note Taking Responsibility for Sustainability – the UK outbound industry
perspective

                                                   Mark Tanzer – Chief Executive, ABTA Ltd – The Travel Association

PLENARY SESSION 2: WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS SUSTAINABLE TOURISM?

This session will address the question of responsibility in the tourism context and investigate who should take responsibility for sustainable tourism. Panellists will present for 7 minutes on how responsibility for sustainability affects their decisions and operations from a specific perspective – see bracketed information below).

10:50 – 11:30                    Panel Discussion on Destinations – who’s responsibility is sustainable tourism

Chair:                                       Martin Brackenbury, Director, Classic Collection Holidays

Panellists:                              Stephen Farrant, Director, International Tourism Partnership

                                                   (Covering Hotels)

                                                   Garry Wilson, Product and Purchasing Director, TUI UK and Nordics

                                                   (Covering Tour Operators)

Andy Cooper, Director of Government & External Affairs, Thomas Cook Group

                                                   (Covering Tour Ops & Governments, UK and Destinations)

Carmen Steinert, Minister of Tourism, Lanzarote & Mr. Hector Fernandez, CEO, Lanzarote Tourist Board

                                                   (Covering Destinations)

                                                   Jason Freezer, Head of Destination Management, Visit England

                                                   (Covering Domestic and DMOs)

11:30 – 11:45            Q&A Session

11:45 – 12:10                        COFFEE BREAK & NETWORKING

PLENARY SESSION 3: THE POWER OF STAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION – NOTES FROM THE FIELD

This session will build on the previous discussion and profile the power of stakeholder collaboration in efforts to make tourism more sustainable. Panellists will be asked to present for 7 minutes on how stakeholder collaboration has led to proven results in tackling destination challenges and in making tourism more sustainable. The focus should be on demonstrating who the stakeholders to tourism are, how stakeholder engagement and collaboration was achieved and what were the impacts of this. Panellists should avoid simply profiling projects or initiatives.

12:20 – 12:50            Panel Discussion – experience from the field

Chair:                                       Ms Aneme Malan, Department of Tourism, South Africa

Panellists:                              Heidi van der Watt, Director, ICRT, South Africa

                                                   U V Jose, Additional Director Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala, India

                                                   Salli Felton, Head of Programmes, The Travel Foundation

                                                   Adama Bah, Secretary, ICRT West Africa

12:50 – 13:10            Q&A Session

13:10 – 14:00            LUNCH

Plenary Session 4: TOUR OPERATOR PROGRESS AGAINST THE CHALLENGES

This session will profile the progress the outbound industry has made and how it has contributed to making tourism more sustainable. Panellists will be asked to present for 7 minutes on how they have made progress against some of the key challenges tourism faces in light of the critical issues that Rio+20 is planning to highlight: these are Jobs, Energy, Food,  Cities, Oceans, Water & Disasters. The Key Note will elaborate on the linkages between these and tourism.

14:00 – 14:15                    Key Note: Rio+20 – Two Key Themes and 7 Critical Challenges – what this means for tourism.

TBC – Malcolm Preston, Global Head of Sustainability Services, PWC (Video Recorded ahead of conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil)

14:15 – 15:00                    Panel Discussion – the outbound industry’s contribution

Chair:                                       Nikki White, Head of Destinations and Sustainability, ABTA

Panellists:                              Jane Ashton, Director of Sustainable Development, TUI Travel Plc.

Matthias Leisenger, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Kuoni Group

                                   Julia Tarbox, Overseas Business Support Manager, Thomas Cook  

Clara Maguire, Project Manager, Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship -Caribbean, Virgin Holidays

                                                   Justin Francis, Director, ResponsibleTravel.com

15:00 –15:15                     Q&A Session

Plenary Session 5: THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES

15:15 – 15:25                    A Report from Sao Paulo – what is being said about the international agencies and progress since Rio
Xavier Font, ICRETH Leeds Metropolitan University and ICRT

15:25-15:30              Benchmarking levels of commitment: an overview progress in selected countries Hermione Nevil, IFC

15:30 – 15:45            COFFEE BREAK & NETWORKING

Plenary Session 6: WHERE WILL WE BE 10 YEARS FROM NOW?

This session will focus on the challenges tourism has faced over the last 10 years, the progress it has made and then look ahead to the next 10 years. A fundamental output of this session will focus on looking ahead to the future and the effects that global issues will likely have on the way we do business in years to come.

15:45-15:55               Key Note: Making the Case for Responsible Tourism in the International Market Place Fiona Jeffery, Chair, World Travel Market

15:55– 16:00                     What are the priorities for the next 10 years?

                                Harold Goodwin, ICRETH Leeds Metropolitan University and ICRT

16:00 – 16:15                    Key Note: Doing business in a changing World

                                Catherine Sermon, Director, Visioning the Future, Business in the Community

16:15– 16:25                     Beyond sustainability – resilience in a finite world

                                Manda Brookman, Director, CoaST

16:25 – 16:40                    Contributions from the Floor on Priorities for the next 10 years

                                Discussion facilitated by Harold Goodwin

                               

16:40 – 17:00                    Key Note:  Tokozile Xasa, Deputy Minister, Department of Tourism: the South
African Experience of Responsible Tourism

 

17:00                                      Conference close

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