CANCUN — From May 4 to 6, the Sustainable & Social Tourism Summit at the Cancun Convention Center will provide a forum for many organizations, academics and industrial entrepreneurs to address all their attention to sustainability issues in the touristic industry.
During the presentation of the event, the president of the Organizing Committee of the Forum, Vicente Ferreyra Acosta, explained that “so far, there was no event in Mexico for professionals specialized in the subject, for developing sustainability in tourism”.
He commented that in the environmental theme there has been progress, however the social aspect has been largely left behind; so the meeting will also have organizations focused on the subject.
“This is an event that has conferences, panels of experts as well as an exhibition of sustainable products and services, which is expected to be carried out each year, in order to present progress and that all the above can be put into practice,” said Ferreyra Acosta.
This year’s theme, focuses on the management of tourist destinations, where you can’t think of a development if it is not done with vision, since it is increasingly common to have places with over tourist exploitation, he said.
The Sustainable & Social Tourism Summit will be attended by 25 presenters from five continents, from more than 10 countries, including David Simmons, who was responsible for developing New Zealand as a tourist destination in 2010.
To this group are added Pati Ruiz Corzo, from the Sierra Gorda Ecological Group in Mexico and Ernest Cañada, from the organization Alba Sud, a Catalan researcher and critic of the way tourism is currently made, “who can contribute an important voice to the forum”.
Ferreyra Acosta added that for this first edition of the forum they allied themselves with the Sustainable Tourism Fair, a specialized space where more than 40 suppliers of sustainable solutions and services will seek to offer alternatives to the tourism sector.
“These are sustainable solutions from products to alternative technologies that have the least environmental impact, there are also tools to minimize consumption and orientation in how to use clean energy and biodegradable products, and so much more,” he said.
The stands of the event will be made with recycled PET (recycled soda bottles), while the forum will have carbon footprint measurement and will offset emissions by supporting local organizations dedicated to reforestation.
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