On the 8th of May 2017, the High Level Conference on Sustainable Tourism will take place in Valletta, Malta. The conference will gather experts to discuss key trends and opportunities within sustainable tourism and how the industry can implement it in practice.
The minister of tourism in Malta, Honorary Dr. Edward Zammit Lewis, and the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella will open the event. The conference will then give the floor to different stakeholders who will present their view on the challenges of sustainable tourism. The line-up includes:
1st row (from left to right): Prof. Hans Bruyninckx, Ms. Lonneke de Kort, Mr. Paul Bugeja
2nd row: Karmenu Vella, Honorary Dr. Edward Zammit Lewis, Ms. Lídice Felizola
All speakers will then be invited to discuss their recommendations for the industry in a panel discussion.
Following these keynote presentations, Mr. Pierre Gaudillat, from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre will also present a toolbox on best environmental practices in Tourism that has been developed to further support accommodations.
The second part of the conference will be dedicated to the role of EMAS and EU Ecolabel in developing sustainable tourism, with the following speakers sharing their experience:
They will provide details on how they implemented these tools and the impacts on their activities. To be noted, one oceanarium and hotels from different sizes will intervene!
Finally, the European Commission will remind the funding available for sustainable tourism, and the conference will be closed by Mr. Paul Bugeja, Chief Executive Officer of the Malta Tourism Authority.
2017 being the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, as declared by the United Nations, this conference aims to encourage the spreading of sustainable tourism practices in Europe, with concrete feedback from committed stakeholders. We encourage every tourism professional to register. Please also visit the event website, to learn more about the speakers´ biographies, the conference schedule, location and… the ceremony of the EMAS Awards that will take place right after !