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2010 Conference Programme

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

Monday, 22nd November

Day 1 - Theme: Investing in Green Tourism 

0800 Conference Registration and Networking


Exhibition Opening


Opening Remarks - Richard Quest, Anchor & Correspondent, CNN


Opening Address

H.E. Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, UAE


Keynote Session

Open session with the audience

Bruce Poon Tip, Founder and CEO, Gap Adventures, USA
Elizabeth Becker, Author and Journalist, New York Times, USA
George Hickton, Former CEO, Tourism New Zealand

Moderated by: Richard Quest, Anchor & Correspondent, CNN

1100 Networking Break


The business case for sustainable tourism

A green transformation in the tourism sector is underway. This session highlights suitable strategies and effective ways to overcome such obstacles by building a strong business case for change.

Luigi Cabrini, Director (Sustainable Development), UN World Tourism Organisation, Spain
James Hogan, CEO, Etihad Airways, UAE
Gerald Lawless, Executive Chairman, Jumeirah Group, UAE

H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General
  Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), UAE

Moderated by: Jonathan Tourtellot, National Geographic Fellow, Center for Sustainable Destinations, USA


Owner and investor perspectives

Owners and investors discuss whether green-tourism initiatives are creating more hurdles to investments than opportunities.  Business leaders share their perspectives on sustainable tourism initiatives, the impact these have on their businesses, and how they are preparing their organisations for the future.

Richard Riley, CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels, UAE
Chiheb Ben Mahmoud, SVP and Head of Hotel Advisory, Jones Lang  LaSalle Hotels, MEA
Siegfried Nierhaus, Managing Director, Atlas Hospitality, UAE
Tony Williams, Senior Vice President, Emirates Hotels & Resorts, UAE

Moderated by:  Jurgen Ringbeck, Senior Vice President, Booz & Company, Germany

1330 Networking Lunch


Stream A - Turning Green: challenges of upgrading tourism facilities

There is a strong perception in the tourism industry that says turning green is expensive with few or no revenue upsides. Is this really the case? While some changes have a relatively short return on investment and make a measurable difference to bottom line, others are more difficult to evaluate. What is the true value of sustainable initiatives and how can they be reconciled within a corporate environment?

Dr. Michael Maunder, Chief Collection, Conservation & Education Officer, Al Ain Wildlife       Park & Resort, UAE
Ms. Franka Grosse, Global Segment Marketing Manager - Hospitality, Philips Lighting
•  JP Bergkvist, CEO, Sleepwell, Sweden
Sarah Rooney, Manager Responsible Business, The Rezidor Hotel Group, Belgium
•  Richard Stratton, MD, Cundall, UAE

Moderated by: Prof. Neil Kirkpatrick, Head, Environment and Sustainability, Royal Group, UAE

1600 Networking Break


The importance of green design

How important is it to consider sustainability at the design stage of future tourism development? This session compares case studies from around the world as experts from those projects share their experiences.  The panel will also investigate the cost of thinking green during the design stage of projects.

Paul Pawlowski, Senior Urban Designer, SERA Architects, USA
Richard Smith, Group Chair, Carbon Critical Buildings, ATKINS, UAE
Ralf Stahl, Managing Partner, Zeoplant, UAE
Ranjit Gunewardane, Executive Director (Engineering), Emirates Palace (Kempinski), UAE
Philip R. Juneau, Director, Energy Solutions EMEAI, Honeywell Building Solutions, Switzerland

Moderated by: Ibrahim Awad, MD, 7th Sense, UAE


Conference Summary

1930 Networking Dinner

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