Climate change and the impact of global warming on the luxury travel industry is the focus of this year’s ILTM conference.
All speakers and panelists are from the luxury goods market and luxury travel sector. The opening and welcome speech will be made by Tom Nutley, chairman, Reed Travel Exhibitions.
It will be followed by an address by Ed Ventimiglia, vice-president and publisher, Departures Magazine.
Richard David Story, editor-in-chief, Departures Magazine, will speak on the world of luxury and its impact on the environment, before Costas Christ, global travel editor and luxury travel columnist, National Geographic Adventure and chairman of judges for the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, delivers the keynote address on how sustainable tourism is transforming the travel industry
This will be followed by panel discussions.
One panel on carbon offsetting, moderated by Jeremy Skidmore, travel journalist, former editor of Travel Weekly UK, will consist of Sabine Minninger, director of CSR & Tourism, Atmosfair; Bill Sneyd, director of advisory services, the Carbon Neutral Company; and Peter Krahenbuhl, vice-president, Sustainable Travel International.
Green travel has gained massive momentum over the last 12 months, the result being a more environmentally conscious consumer with an expectation that their travel experience will have less of an environmental and social impact than ever before. One of the primary measures to fulfill such needs is through carbon offsetting and reductions.
Top environmental organisations will discuss the tools and strategies offered to mitigate the carbon emissions of corporations and individuals.
A second panel discussion, The Future is Green, will be moderated by Marshall Calder, senior vice-president marketing, the Leading Hotels of the World.
On this panel are Sonu Shivdasani, CEO, Six Senses Resorts and Spas; Bruce Simpson, executive director, Wilderness Safaris; Peter Lederer, chairman, Visit Scotland.
The inaugural ILTM Industry Report on the luxury travel sector will also be presented by Nancy Cockerell, research director, the Travel Business Partnership
TTN is the most established trade publication in the Middle East distributed on a controlled circulation basis to members of the travel and tourism industry.
Published monthly by Al Hilal Publishing and Marketing Group, the region’s foremost trade publisher, TTN is aimed at professionals in the industry, from travel agents to airline and hotel personnel.
TTN provides in-depth and extensive coverage of relevant issues in the Middle East and North Africa as well as in other parts of the world. Travel related news, analysis, and new appointments together with information on up-coming exhibitions, marketing and promotional campaigns are presented in an innovative and striking colour tabloid.
Every issue also contains a collation of international and regional news and topical features of interest to readers.