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LINKING & LEARNING WEB SERIES: TOURISM FOR DEVELOPMENT

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Within the framework of the World Tourism Day 2020, The TUI Care Foundation has launched a weekly Web Series, in which experts and field practitioners will engage in dynamic discussions about the latest trends in areas ranging from single-use plastics and social entrepreneurship, to regenerative agriculture and education. Together, we will showcase how the tourism industry is already positively improving livelihoods in destinations around the world and will explore opportunities that exist to multiply the impact of tourism in development work.

Are you passionate about any of these topics? Do you want to learn more about them or understand how tourism plays a role in it? Do you have knowledge and know-how to share with us because you are already working in the field of sustainable tourism and development? Whatever your reasons are, we will be happy to have you on board during these public, online and hand-on sessions. 

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You can choose from seven different panels and topics. 

THE PANELS

Tourism Foundations in focus

28. September 14:00 – 15:00 CET

This high-level panel will put into focus the role of Tourism Foundations and their impact on sustainable development and development cooperation.   

The pandemic has deeply affected the tourism industry and the local communities that depend on tourism to improve their livelihoods. Many lower-income countries have become reliant on tourism for up to 50% of their labour market (WTTC, 2020), therefore the industry needs to grow sustainably while strengthening local resilience.  

Recognising the value of tourism for development, Tourism Foundations support the development of local projects in tourism destinations in the areas of education; livelihoods and entrepreneurship; and nature and wildlife protection. In order to maximize their impact, they engage their global network of industry leaders, public entities, NGOs and travellers.  

The panel will discuss the challenges that have emerged or have been enhanced as a result of the pandemic. The opportunities for a better and more sustainable future will also be explored. 

Participant are invited to ask questions about the role of Tourism Foundations and how they can support destinations in moments of crisis. 

 

Reducing single-use plastics in development

6. October 

Plastic is an 8 million tons per year problem and tourism is a large contributor. It is also one that needs to be addressed within the local context, considering culture and behaviours, resource availability, recycling systems, profitability, and policy. With a focus on small businesses and development work, this panel will share different experiences in different countries.  

The audience will be invited to share solutions and challenges they have faced in their plastics reduction journey. 

Social entrepreneurship and technology

13. October 

‘Social tourism tech entrepreneurs’ are entrepreneurs that leverage technology to grow and scale their social impact. People and nature are at the heart of what they do, and they want to make a big impact.

This panel will dive into the mind of a social tourism entrepreneur and discuss how they have used technology to overcome challenges and scale their business all while ensuring a profound social impact. Impact, scalability and investments will be addressed.  

Is technology a tool to increase impact, raise funds and measure impact more precisely?  

Social inclusion of indigenous communities

20. October

Indigenous communities account for 476 million of the world population and are living in over 90 countries (The World Bank), mostly in rural areas. While rich with cultural and environmental heritage, about 15% experience extreme poverty.  

Tourism creates jobs and as more tourists look for authentic and traditional experiences, there is an opportunity to include this marginalised group into the economy. Active engagement and dialogue are fundamental and some suggested recommendations on sustainable development of indigenous tourism are starting to be developed. 

Some communities are already actively participating in the industry and can therefore share their experiences, challenges and the opportunities they see.  

The panel will share their experiences and discuss the way forward for indigenous tourism. 

Tourism and regenerative agriculture

27. October 

There is an important opportunity for tourism to join the conversation on regenerative agriculture. Regenerative agriculture is at the core of sustainable development because it strengthens resilience of not only food systems but also of social and environmental systems.  

The panel of experts will guide a discussion on regenerative agriculture, why its importance is ever growing and how tourism can play a role in driving collaborative action.

The power of tourism education

3. November 

Accounting for 1/10 jobs worldwide, tourism creates career opportunities for vulnerable and marginalised people, such as rural communities and women, through education and capacity building programmes. The TUI Care Foundation has developed a sustainable and replicable model through its TUI Academy Programme by linking skilled students with internships at hotels.  

A keynote by a Graduate of the TUI Academy in the Dominican Republic will introduce this session and showcase the power of learning. 

Following the keynote, a fireside chat between an academic Partner and a participating hotel will highlight the mutually beneficial arrangement as well as address the potential of tourism as a driver for inclusion and improved livelihoods.   

Digital transformation in development

10. November 

The investment in technology infrastructures and services can support sustainable development in destinations and directly increase the resilience of local communities by giving them access to information, increasing efficiency and scalability through digital monitoring and simplifying communication. Many examples of technology for development already exist, especially for agriculture, education, health, and finance, however, the implementation of technology in development work is still debated in light of many opportunities and challenges.   Where do we stand in 2020?  

This session will invite beneficiaries of specific technologies to share their experience on how their use has benefitted them. Participants will discuss the opportunities that exist to link  technology with tourism for development. 

Tourism Foundations in focus

28. September 14:00 – 15:00 CET

This high-level panel will put into focus the role of Tourism Foundations and their impact on sustainable development and development cooperation.   

The pandemic has deeply affected the tourism industry and the local communities that depend on tourism to improve their livelihoods. Many lower-income countries have become reliant on tourism for up to 50% of their labour market (WTTC, 2020), therefore the industry needs to grow sustainably while strengthening local resilience.  

Recognising the value of tourism for development, Tourism Foundations support the development of local projects in tourism destinations in the areas of education; livelihoods and entrepreneurship; and nature and wildlife protection. In order to maximize their impact, they engage their global network of industry leaders, public entities, NGOs and travellers.  

The panel will discuss the challenges that have emerged or have been enhanced as a result of the pandemic. The opportunities for a better and more sustainable future will also be explored. 

Participant are invited to ask questions about the role of Tourism Foundations and how they can support destinations in moments of crisis.