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Renowned sustainable tourism development experts speak at retosa’s inaugural southern africa sustainable conference


Renowned sustainable tourism development experts speak at retosa’s inaugural southern africa sustainable conference in johannesburg, south africa: wednesday, 16 – thursday, 17 november 2016

The 1st Annual Sustainable Tourism Development Conference (SASTD), will be hosted by RETOSA in partnership with Sustainable Tourism Partnership Program (STPP) from the 16th to 17th November, 2016 at CedarWoods Hotel in Johannesburg. The Conference has garnered support from all corners of the world including Prof. Megan Eplar Wood- Director of International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Harvard University, and Professor Takadera from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

This gathering will serve as a catalyst for Southern Africa’s first-ever Sustainable Tourism dialogue. 15 RETOSA Member States(Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) will share Sustainable Tourism knowledge and experiences, gain exposure to international best practices as well as utilize the forum as a means of conducting annual progress reports to ascertain levels of development and implementation of Sustainable Tourism within Member States.

Global stakeholders within Sustainable Tourism, namely; SMMEs, private sector, public sector, tourism boards, ministries, NGOs and Sustainable Tourism experts will be in attendance. Delegates will benefits from various workshops, panel discussions and interactive break-away sessions with participants being at the core of the proceedings. Among the key topics to be deliberated on are:

  1. Community Based Tourism (CBT) in Southern Africa
  2. Fair Trade in Tourism and Quality Standards
  3. TFCAs (Transfrontier Conservation Areas) Development in Southern Africa
  4. The State of Sustainable Tourism: Focus on both the Private sector and Public sector
  5. Climate change resilience and mitigation measures, and natural resource management
  6. Optional site visit/tour on the last day of the Conference

Other key speakers and organizations being represented at the Conference are outlined below:

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Dr. Anna Spenceley- International Sustainable Tourism Specialist

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Dr. Sue Snyman- Regional Coordinator, Wilderness Safaris

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Dr. Geoffrey Manyara-Senior Regional Tourism Advisor, UNECA

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Ms. Caroline Ungersbock-CEO of Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STPP)

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Professor Kevin Mearns, UNISA

 

Visit us at http://www.retosa.co.za to learn more.

For enquiries, please contact:

Full name: Ms. Lenah Kitenge

Contact numbers: +2711 315 2420/1 or +2711 315 2422

Email address: communication@retosa.co.za

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