Responsible Tourism at Arabian Travel Market this week

Responsible Tourism at Arabian Travel Market this week

At ATM Virtual this week there are two panels of international relevance one on the perfect storm of issues faced by hospitality and the other on responsible technology for travel and tourism.


Tuesday 25th 16:30 Dubai 13:30 UK

Responsible Hospitality in a Perfect Storm

Covid-19, climate change, biodiversity loss and increasing inequality, the new normal will be a challenging trading environment for business and leisure travel. We have brought together leading thinkers and practitioners to share their ideas about how hotels manage risk and trade profitably over the next decade. Properties being built now will be operating in a very different environment in the 2030s, the decisions we make now will determine the assets we have to work with in the future. There are many tried and tested solutions, and there are some new ideas yet to be fully proven. Now is the time to take responsibility and weather the storm.


  • Moderator Harold Goodwin WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor
  • Eric Ricaurte, Founder & CEO, Greenview
  • Inge Huijbrechts, Global Senior Vice President Sustainability, Security and Corporate Communications at Radisson Hotel Group
  • Dimitris Manikis, President for Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa (EMEA), Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  • Madhu Rajesh CEO at Sustainable Hospitality Alliance
  • Rana Al Oran, Director of People and Culture, Four Seasons Hotel Doha


Wednesday 26th 11:30 Dubai 08:30 UK

Responsible Technology for Travel & Tourism
The tourism industry – travel, hospitality and attractions – has developed a bewildering range of tech solutions.  For this panel, we have chosen speakers who can look behind the brochures and the sales pitch to share what they have learnt about what works, what doesn’t and why?


There is also a rich programme of on demand interviews at ATM Virtual:

Four interviews with Dina Storey, Director, Sustainability Operations, Dubai Expo on different aspects of sustainability


  1. Sustainable Technology in the Sustainability Pavilion
  2. Sustainable Technology at the Dubai Expo
  3. Transparency & Reporting
  4. Reporting on Key Sustainability Achievements in 2019

Stefanie Schachtschabel introduces a video sharing platform about Sustainable Technology


A pair of interview about SEAFUEL making Hydrogen fuel from seawater using sustainable electricity
in conversation with Bill Ireland, CEO of Logan Energy, about the potential of SEA Fuel

In conversation with Dr Pau Farras . Coordinator of the SEAFUEL based at NUI in Galway, Ireland


To watch the panels live and to watch the on demand interviews please register to ATM Virtual via this link here


The recordings will be available on demand from 9th June 2021


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Nominations for the Responsible Tourism awards are now open, and this time they’re global. They’re free to enter, and the deadline is 31 August 2021. Categories:

  • Decarbonising Travel & Tourism,
  • Sustaining Employees and Communities through the Pandemic,
  • Destinations Building Back Better Post-COVID,
  • Increasing Diversity in Tourism: How inclusive is our industry?
  • Reducing Plastic Waste in the Environment and
  • Growing the Local Economic Benefit.


We know that there are many examples of excellent Responsible Tourism initiatives in the MENA countries, we would like to see more applications from the region.

Harold is WTM’s Responsible Tourism Advisor, he puts together the flagship Responsible Tourism programme at WTM London which attracted 4000 participants in 2020 and the programmes run at WTM Africa, WTM Latin America and Arabian Travel Market. Harold has worked on 4 continents with local communities, their governments and the inbound and outbound tourism industry. He is Managing Director of the Responsible Tourism Partnership and chairs the panels of judges for the World Responsible Tourism Awards and the other Awards in the family, Africa, India and Latin America. Harold works with industry, local communities, governments, and conservationists and undertakes consultancy and evaluations for companies, NGOs, governments, and international organisations. He is also a Director of the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he is an Emeritus Professor, and Founder Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism promotes the principles of the Cape Town Declaration which he drafted.

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