Sustainable Tourism Asia
2019 — Schedule

Session discussions will catalyze action-oriented opportunities to collaboratively foster the development of best practices in the sustainable tourism industry throughout the region. Attendees will both share their experiences and learn actionable takeaways from market leaders in Asia and globally.

21 November 2019 – from 8:30 to 17:45

08:30 – 09:00  |  Registration and Coffee

Marina Bay Sands Singapore, Sands Expo and Convention Centre,
Begonia Junior Ballroom, Level 3


09:00 – 09:10   |  Welcome

Opening address by Marina Bay Sands and ELEVATE  

Ian Wilson, Senior Vice President of Non-Gaming Operations, Marina Bay Sands

Katie Yewdall, Associate Director, Sustainability Consulting, Southeast Asia, ELEVATE


09:10 – 09:25  |  Visa Keynote

Sustainable Tourism Trends and Policies in Asia

The keynote will open the conference with an analysis of emerging policies, trends and solutions in  sustainable tourism and hospitality.

Glenn Maguire, Principal Asia-Pacific Economist, Visa


09:25 – 10:25  |  Session

Destination: A Circular Tourism Economy

By reimagining linear flow value chains as circular, industry can drive strategies that offer environmental and cost saving benefits. By mapping a value chain, opportunities for upcycling, recycling, and reusing can be identified. This session will take a closer look at how “waste” can be reconceptualized as value in the context of building design, refurbishing and decorating, and accommodations.

Szue Hann Tan, Managing Director, MINIWIZ Singapore

Louise Hardman, CEO / Founder, Plastic Collective

– Moderator: Katie Yewdall, Associate Director, Sustainability Consulting, Southeast Asia, ELEVATE


10:25 – 10:45  |  Coffee Break and Networking


10:45 – 11:45  |  Session

Driving Sustainable Development through Local, Inclusive, and Diverse Travel

In many Asian countries, tourism dollars trickle in through a small handful of key destinations and leak out of the economy as a symptom of foreign-owned travel companies. Today’s new generation of travellers is changing this dynamic as they increasingly seek and require evidence of authentic experiences ranging from locally-run tours and restaurants to shopping. Speakers will explore how these changing consumer expectations can be met while driving economic benefits to emerging destinations through local, inclusive and diverse travel.

Andrew Dixon, Director, Nikoi Island


11:45 – 12:45  |   Session

Food Facts: Sustainable Food Models and the Alternative Meat Debate

Tourism trends are largely influenced by customer preferences. With people in search of the perfect experience and Instagram-worthy food, there is also increased expectation to provide sustainable menu options. This session will explore how today’s changing global consumer is shaping the ingredients used in Asia, in addition to reducing food waste.

Sebastien Brunel, Vice President Procurement Asia Pacific, Accor

Lucas Glanville, Director of Culinary Operations, Singapore and South East Asia, Hyatt Hotels


12:45 – 13:45  |  Lunch and Networking 


13:45 – 15:15  |  Breakout Workshops 1 & 2

Practical sessions will deliver real examples and usable solutions for key sustainability issues  in the tourism and hospitality industry. Topics to be determined.


15:15 – 15:35  |  Coffee Break and Networking


15:35 – 16:35  |  Session

The Perils of Packaging: Navigating Solutions in an Evolving Landscape

The hospitality industry is on track to phase out disposable, single-use plastics ranging from toiletry bottles to straws. Plastic packaging, however, remains a challenge. A variety of options exist, but many get lost in the sea of solutions without knowing the trade-offs. Speakers will describe how to navigate and implement these options.

Kim Stengert, Chief, Strategic Communications and External Relations, WWF Singapore


16:35 – 17:35  |  Session

Hospitable Employers: Responsible Recruitment and Labor Practices

Hospitality creates many employment opportunities with low barriers to entry. On the other hand, recruitment and hiring risks related to modern day slavery are a growing and relevant challenge. Speakers will provide cross-sector perspectives of how to ensure responsible recruitment practices tailored to the hospitality and tourism industry.


17:35 – 17:45  |  Closing

Traveling into Tomorrow’s Tourism Industry


17:45 – 19:15  |  Networking Reception


 

21 November 2019 – from 8:30 to 17:45

08:30 – 09:00  |  Registration and Coffee

Marina Bay Sands Singapore, Sands Expo and Convention Centre,
Begonia Junior Ballroom, Level 3


09:00 – 09:10   |  Welcome

Opening address by Marina Bay Sands and ELEVATE  

Ian Wilson, Senior Vice President of Non-Gaming Operations, Marina Bay Sands

Katie Yewdall, Associate Director, Sustainability Consulting, Southeast Asia, ELEVATE


09:10 – 09:25  |  Visa Keynote

Sustainable Tourism Trends and Policies in Asia

The keynote will open the conference with an analysis of emerging policies, trends and solutions in  sustainable tourism and hospitality.

Glenn Maguire, Principal Asia-Pacific Economist, Visa


09:25 – 10:25  |  Session

Destination: A Circular Tourism Economy

By reimagining linear flow value chains as circular, industry can drive strategies that offer environmental and cost saving benefits. By mapping a value chain, opportunities for upcycling, recycling, and reusing can be identified. This session will take a closer look at how “waste” can be reconceptualized as value in the context of building design, refurbishing and decorating, and accommodations.

Szue Hann Tan, Managing Director, MINIWIZ Singapore

Louise Hardman, CEO / Founder, Plastic Collective

– Moderator: Katie Yewdall, Associate Director, Sustainability Consulting, Southeast Asia, ELEVATE


10:25 – 10:45  |  Coffee Break and Networking


10:45 – 11:45  |  Session

Driving Sustainable Development through Local, Inclusive, and Diverse Travel

In many Asian countries, tourism dollars trickle in through a small handful of key destinations and leak out of the economy as a symptom of foreign-owned travel companies. Today’s new generation of travellers is changing this dynamic as they increasingly seek and require evidence of authentic experiences ranging from locally-run tours and restaurants to shopping. Speakers will explore how these changing consumer expectations can be met while driving economic benefits to emerging destinations through local, inclusive and diverse travel.

Andrew Dixon, Director, Nikoi Island


11:45 – 12:45  |   Session

Food Facts: Sustainable Food Models and the Alternative Meat Debate

Tourism trends are largely influenced by customer preferences. With people in search of the perfect experience and Instagram-worthy food, there is also increased expectation to provide sustainable menu options. This session will explore how today’s changing global consumer is shaping the ingredients used in Asia, in addition to reducing food waste.

Sebastien Brunel, Vice President Procurement Asia Pacific, Accor

Lucas Glanville, Director of Culinary Operations, Singapore and South East Asia, Hyatt Hotels


12:45 – 13:45  |  Lunch and Networking 


13:45 – 15:15  |  Breakout Workshops 1 & 2

Practical sessions will deliver real examples and usable solutions for key sustainability issues  in the tourism and hospitality industry. Topics to be determined.


15:15 – 15:35  |  Coffee Break and Networking


15:35 – 16:35  |  Session

The Perils of Packaging: Navigating Solutions in an Evolving Landscape

The hospitality industry is on track to phase out disposable, single-use plastics ranging from toiletry bottles to straws. Plastic packaging, however, remains a challenge. A variety of options exist, but many get lost in the sea of solutions without knowing the trade-offs. Speakers will describe how to navigate and implement these options.

Kim Stengert, Chief, Strategic Communications and External Relations, WWF Singapore


16:35 – 17:35  |  Session

Hospitable Employers: Responsible Recruitment and Labor Practices

Hospitality creates many employment opportunities with low barriers to entry. On the other hand, recruitment and hiring risks related to modern day slavery are a growing and relevant challenge. Speakers will provide cross-sector perspectives of how to ensure responsible recruitment practices tailored to the hospitality and tourism industry.


17:35 – 17:45  |  Closing

Traveling into Tomorrow’s Tourism Industry


17:45 – 19:15  |  Networking Reception


 

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