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CSTT research presented at Dutch Tourism Expo

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

CSTT research will be presented in the course of the ‘Changes in Tourism’ expert event at the Dutch Tourism Expo on Wednesday, 11th of January 2012.

The event programme, organised by ANVR in cooperation with CeLTor (Centre for Leisure and Tourism Research) and IUCN Netherlands, is centered around the many changes the tourism sector faces, from changing consumer behavior to impacts from climate change and climate policy. The aim is to contribute to a more sustainable, pro-active sector.

The day will start with a keynote by Professor Stefan Gössling, an expert on tourism and global environmental change issues, on how the sector can profit economically from climate change. This is followed by three parallel workshops.

One of these is organised by the CeLToR Sustainable Tourism Research Group, in which the CSTT participates. The workshop is called ‘Knowledge creates profit: research towards the sustainable development of tourism’, and will include a presentation by Floris Fluitsma, director of Sawadee Reizen, on the company’s carbon management.

Sawadee is a small adventure travel oriented tour operator from the Netherlands, and well-kown for its implementation of sustainable tourism initiatives. In 2010, CSTT measured the carbon emissions of Sawadee’s complete portfolio, and gave strategic advice on how to reduce these. Mr Fluitsma’s presentation will go deeper into the implementation of this advice and of the possible benefits and consequences for his company. The CeLTor workshop will be held twice (in Dutch), so attending stakeholders have a chance to join two different workshops. The workshops are followed by a network lunch.

The preliminary programme of ‘Changes in Tourism’, 11th January 2012, 09.00 – 14.00 in the Media Plaza, Jaarbeurs Utrecht, is:

09.00 Registration and reception
09.30 Welcome by Frank Oostdam, director ANVR (in Dutch)
10.00 Key note speech ‘Economic profits in tourism through climate change. Exploring transports, food and water management’ by Stefan Gössling, PhD Professor, Business School of Economics, Linnaeus University, Sweden (English)
11.00 Choice out of 3 workshops:
A: ‘Knowledge creates profit: research towards the sustainable development of tourism’ by CeLToR (in Dutch, with CSTT research)
B: ‘Inspiration for innovation’ by IUCN - Leaders for Nature (in Dutch)
C: ‘Integration of sustainability practices in daily tourism business’ by Chris Thompson (English)
12.00 Possibility to join one of the other workshops
13.00 Informal network lunch

Travel professionals and tourism experts are invited to participate. The event is free of charge. Registration is by email, via ikkomook@anvr.nl (subject “DTE 2012”).

You are kindly requested to register before 1st of January 2012, and forward the following details:
• Your first and surname
• Name organisation
• e-mailadress
• Your choice for the 1st workshop session: A, B or C
• Your choice for the 2nd workshop session: A, B or C
• Participation network lunch: yes/no