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Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference 2019

This year the 27th Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference will be held in Cairns, Queensland, just a wave away from the Great Barrier Reef. Over three days between 2 to 4 December 2019, the conference will see regional and international speakers and experts update attendees on the pressing issues impacting eco-tourism across Southeast Asia.

Thinking Entrepreneurial at Next Leader's Asia Summit 2019

Next Leader's Asia Summit 2019 will dig deep into sustainability to prepare tomorrow’s leaders. It’s on from 17 to 19 October in Singapore.

Next Leader's Asia Summit 2019 is an interactive, free event on leadership in challenging times. It hopes to impart tools of skills upgrading, technology, context and mindset to think entrepreneurially with sustainability in mind. Young people in business, budding entrepreneurs and students in tertiary institutions are encouraged to attend. The theme: ‘How to build young leaders to tackle sustainability challenges entrepreneurially?’

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The Summit will run over three days, consisting of fireside chats, closed door leadership sessions and open sessions on wide aspects of sustainability and leadership topics.

Participants will hear sustainability trends and pick up on the skills needed to lead ground-breaking sustainability projects. The sessions promote connections and collaboration on start-up initiatives to impact local realities.

Speakers include Antti Vänskä, Finland Ambassador to Singapore; Tsuneo Suzuki, CEO and Founder of Inter Act Marketing; Peter David Pedersen, Co-Founder of NELIS (Next Leaders' Initiative for Sustainability); Prof. Jeff Obbard of NUS; Lekha Patmanathan, co-founder of Nexenergy; Yasmine Khater, Host of Sales Story Podcast; Lucas Sanchez, co-founder and managing partner at Hermanos Brothers - a creative bureau based in Colombia using arts and education to foster innovation and systemic change; and more. Jovin Hurry chairs the Summit.

Next Leader's Asia Summit 2019 is organised by NELIS, a global network of young leaders working on solutions for sustainability from around the globe. NELIS found its roots in Japan.

When?

17-19 October 2019

Venue:

Day 1 The Red Box, Youth Corps Singapore, 113 Somerset Road, Singapore 238165

Day 2 National University of Singapore, Yusof Ishak House, 31 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119078

Day 3 Singapore Sustainability Academy, Skypark Level 6, City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539

Register for the Next Leader’s Asia Summit 2019. This event is free of charge.

 

Profiting from Sustainability Talks at ITB Asia 2019

SINGAPORE, 12 September 2019. Once again ITB Asia will bring together players from the tourism, hospitality, transport, theme parks and attractions industry in Singapore from 16 to 18 October 2019. The venue for conferences, talks and exhibition: Sands Expo and Convention Centre at the Marina Bay Sands.

ITB Asia 2019 promises to be a full house with representation from far away places such as Kazakhstan. Sustainable tourism is also a feature of the event. Courtesy: ITB Asia

ITB Asia 2019 promises to be a full house with representation from far away places such as Kazakhstan. Sustainable tourism is also a feature of the event. Courtesy: ITB Asia

For those eager to hear more about tourism with sustainability initiatives, visit the afternoon session on Friday 18 October within the Destination Marketing track.

Speakers with proven experience are lined up for two hours from 1:30pm to speak on the business aspects of running a tourism venture while taking into account impacts on society and the environment. The topics are as follows: 

  1.  Dr. Marc van Loo, CEO & Founder, Loola Adventure Group - Why sustainable tourism is simply good for business. Listen to his Safe Water Garden initiative as well.

  2. Vicky Smith, Founder, Earth Changers - Transforming travel: Can you have a successful business and create a positive impact?

  3. Paras Loomba, Founder & CEO, Global Himalayan Expedition - Impact tourism: The future of travel 

  4. Dr. Steve Newman, Group Sustainability Director, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts - Resilience through tourism

Details can be found on this Destination Marketing page of ITB Asia programme.

Other themes at this year’s event are Corporate Travel, Muslim Travel and Travel Technology. Altogether, there’ll be over 200 sessions led by more than 260 speakers.

This year, for the first time, a mega event on inaugural meetings, incentives, conferences & exhibitions (MICE) will be held alongside ITB Asia. At MICE Show Asia, attendees will get to hear about forecasts for the global meeting and events industries in 2020, and how the industry is transforming. Venue remains at Sands Expo and Convention Centre 

ITB Asia is organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau. In its 12th year, the annual three-day B2B trade show and convention will feature hundreds of exhibiting companies from the Asia- Pacific region, Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, covering not only the leisure market, but also MICE and corporate travel.

For more information on ITB Asia 2019, visit https://www.itb-asia.com/

Check out what else is on at the ITB Asia conference.

2019 Taiwan Modern Tourism Forum in Kaohsiung

Bringing people together to discuss trends and innovation in ecotourism, sustainable tourism, mountain tourism and more, Taiwan Modern Tourism Forum takes place in Kaohsiung, Taiwan from 15 to 16 October 2019.

The Taiwan Modern Tourism Forum provides a platform where tourism trends and innovative ideas could be shared along with learning experiences benefiting local participants. The two-day event focuses on how to develop sustainable tourism through culture, ecology and economy. This is in line with the current Year of Taiwan Small Town Ramble and next year’s Year of Mountain Tourism, both designated by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau.

Kaohsiung’s attractions include the Lotus Lake. Courtesy Taiwan.net.tw

Kaohsiung’s attractions include the Lotus Lake. Courtesy Taiwan.net.tw

International speakers will convene in Kaohsiung to address topics within three main tracks: the way to develop sustainable tourism; the responsible travel – ecotourism; and the attraction of mountain tourism. Expected audiences are people from tourism related industry, government and institutions.

Keynote speakers at 2019 Taiwan Modern Tourism Forum are Mallika Naguran, Founder & Managing Editor of Gaia Discovery (Topic: Rethinking Sustainability in Tourism); Jennifer Koskelin Gibbons – Co-founder Palau Pledge (Topic: The Challenges of Ecotourism- Palau Pledge Project); and Keisuke Ootake, Director of Public Projects and Business Division of Whole Earth Nature School (Topic: Ecotourism Development of Mount. Fuji).

TMT Forum At A Glance

Theme: Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism

Dates: 15-16 October 2019

Venue: National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying)

(No.1, Sanduo 1st Rd., Fengshan Dist., Kaohsiung City 83075, Taiwan)

Post Forum Field Trip

On day two of the forum, participants are invited to go on a learning field trip to Weiwuying.  What used to be a military center is now a vibrant 116-acre parkland, capturing the culture and imagination of Southern Taiwan in the performing arts.  

A highlight is the 1.51million-square-foot National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts at the end of the park. It blurs the boundaries between indoors and outdoors and is both solid and void.  Pre-registration is required for this tour.

The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts sits on a parkland that was once a military base in Taiwan. It is also the venue of the 2019 Taiwan Modern Tourism Forum.

The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts sits on a parkland that was once a military base in Taiwan. It is also the venue of the 2019 Taiwan Modern Tourism Forum.

More About TMT Forum 

Last year, representatives from Guam Tourism Bureau, Malaysian Sarawak Tourism Bureau, and Cittaslow International were invited to share insights and practical experiences based on the following themes: "Marketing the South Island Culture from the Tribal Experience Tourism" and "Talking about the Tourism Potential of Taiwanese Towns from International Trends".

The 2019 Taiwan Modern Tourism Forum is hosted by Tourism Bureau of Taiwan and organised by Taiwan Visitors Association (TVA).  

For travelling in Taiwan, visit Taiwan Tourism Bureau for some great information.

For administration or policy information and statistics about Taiwan, visit Tourism Bureau, MOTC.

Better Air Quality Asia Conference 2018

The 10th Better Air Quality (BAQ) Conference is being held on 14-16 November in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. The BAQ Conference is themed around the core principle of “Regional Action, Global Impact.”

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Asia is being pushed into a pivotal role in this sector, with rapid urbanisation coupled withstrong economic growth and increasing environmental demands, a number of countries – among them Malaysia – are striving to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions countrywide. As the organisers says, it is imperative that the region acts to seek ongoing decarbonisation of both economies and lifestyles.

Accordingly, BAQ 2018 will push for a strong pan-Asian call to action and a coming together in ‘a spirit of unanimity’ to build a ‘cleaner, greener, and healthier Asia.’ The conference will emphasise the pressing nature of the challenges and investigate unity and collaboration in the development of new solutions, designs and approaches that will help chart more sustainable future horizons across government, private and academic disciplines.

Speakers will include experts, policymakers and educators from across the whole of Asia, Europe, Australia and even the United Nations Assembly.

BAQ speakers include Toyota’s Vince Socco. Courtesy Toyota.

BAQ speakers include Toyota’s Vince Socco. Courtesy Toyota.

These include Bert Fabian, who leads the work of UN Environment’s Air Quality and Mobility Unit in Asia-Pacific and coordinates the activities of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative. Prior to joining UNEP in March 2013, he was the Transport Program Manager of Clean Air Asia working on various programs, projects, and studies related to transportation, environment, and urban planning in Asia. Also speaking is Vince Socco – EVP at Toyota Asia Pacific. He is responsible for Toyota’s overall business management across Asia including Brunei, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, and is well versed in the latest developments in electric vehicle introduction across SE Asia.

These include Bert Fabian, who leads the work of UN Environment’s Air Quality and Mobility Unit in Asia-Pacific and coordinates the activities of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative. Prior to joining UNEP in March 2013, he was the Transport Program Manager of Clean Air Asia working on various programs, projects, and studies related to transportation, environment, and urban planning in Asia. Also speaking is Vince Socco – EVP at Toyota Asia Pacific. He is responsible for Toyota’s overall business management across Asia including Brunei, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, and is well versed in the latest developments in electric vehicle introduction across SE Asia.

The conference expects over 600 delegates form 55 countries to attend, from as far away as Berlin.

Prof. Brimblecombe will give a holistic view on pollution. Courtesy UoEA.

Prof. Brimblecombe will give a holistic view on pollution. Courtesy UoEA.

A panel of almost 250 speakers, moderators and panellists will deliver the latest news and technology research findings on Asian clean air developments over the two days of the conference, looking at ways to influence and bring change in air quality; the top priorities in making cities cleaner, and the opportunities for business as part of the drive to clean up air quality. Indeed, as Prof. He Kebin, Dean of China’s Tsinghua University and one of the key ChangeMakers Forum speakers, noted recently, “… there is a wider recognition of the importance of emissions inventories to air quality management among government authorities beyond environmental protection bureaucrats”.

Other speakers, including Prof. Peter Brimblecombe from the University of East Anglia, U.K, and also City University of Hong Kong, will underline that air quality is not just a measurement and emissions issue, but a much broader threat to quality of life.

He is a vocal proponent of the approach that believes environmental pollution is not merely a matter of environmental chemistry, but that long-term changes in urban air pollution bring effects on health and material damage, the statistical structure of air pollution monitoring data and its implications to policy, the impact of climate change on historic sites and their use, and the environmental chemistry of pharmaceuticals. 

To hear these are a wide range of other experts sharing their views on the unique problems facing Asian airspace, check out the details below.

Event: 10th Better Air Quality (BAQ) Conference

Dates: 14-16 November 2018

Venue: Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Global Eco Asia-Pacific Conference 2018

Ecotourism Australia’s 26th Annual Conference has focus points on the marketing, management and innovation of ecotourism along with the protection of natural and cultural assets such as indigenous sites and the Great Barrier Reef.

Biorock gives coral reefs a chance to bounce back. Thomas Goreau will be explaining how at 2018 Global Eco Asia-Pacific Conference. Courtesy GCRA

Biorock gives coral reefs a chance to bounce back. Thomas Goreau will be explaining how at 2018 Global Eco Asia-Pacific Conference. Courtesy GCRA

In 2018, the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Conference focuses on the evolving role of ecotourism in economic development, good conservation outcomes, and cultural understanding. It takes place from 26 to 28 November 2018 in Townsville, Queensland.

Ecotourism is often described as a ‘niche’ part of the industry, but it represents an estimated 25% of the Australian tourism industry. The Great Barrier Reef alone represents an economic, social and icon asset value of $56 billion. It supports 64,000 jobs and contributes $6.4 billion to the Australian economy’ (Deloitte, Access Economics, 2017). Ecotourism is the standard bearer for sustainable tourism and is being embraced by the mainstream industry.

This year, Global Eco Asia-Pacific will bring together the key players that can evolve this critical sector of the tourism industry – the operators, protected area managers, destination developers, applied researchers and destination marketers.

Event: Global Eco Asia-Pacific Conference

Dates: 26-28 November 2018

Venue: Rydges Southbank Convention Centre on Palmer Street, Townsville

Keynote speakers include Hon Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize & Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Belize; Meaghan Scanlon MP, Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development, Queensland Government; Michael Groom, Renowned Adventurer and Mountain Climber; Dr Wendy Craik AM, Chair, Climate Change Authority; and Africa Berdonces, Freelance Naturalist Tour Guide, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Speakers include Katherine Zischka, Director, Australian Committee for IUCN Inc; Lizzie Corke, CEO, Conservation Ecology Centre; Andrew Flannery, Eco-Active Business Leader, Spicers Group And Turner Family Foundation; and Dr. Thomas Goreau, President, Global Coral Reef Alliance & Biorock Technology Inc.

There will also be a full day technical tour to two of Australia’s leading Reef Research and management organisations - the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

Registration is now open for tourism practitioners and stakeholders to this ecotourism conference. Check out the program for further information on the sessions and speakers.

Responsible Business Forum on SDGs

Collaborative partnerships, bold actions and business transformation, have never been more critical to the future of sustainable development. Themed Shaping the world in 2030: Partnerships for SDG Action, this year’s Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development (RBF) asserts that concrete steps must be taken today and together, if we are to secure a more sustainable and equitable world by 2030.

Climate Innovations Wanted in Space, Energy, Food & Agriculture

CLIX – the Climate Innovations Exchange, brings together the most aspirational and world-changing ideas under one roof for a single event that will help shape the future of global sustainability. Returning for its second year after a hugely successful inaugural event at World Future Energy Summit 2018, CLIX 2019 is now looking for the applicants who believe that their innovations have what it takes to change the world for the better.