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Summit Agenda - Sustainable Tourism Lab

Summit Agenda - Sustainable Tourism Lab

Summit Agenda - Sustainable Tourism

8:00 a.m. Reception: welcome at Blackstone Valley Visitor Center 8:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening: the Sustainable Tourism Network & the Sustainable Tourism Laboratory – Dr. Robert Billington – Blackstone Valley Tourism Council 8:45 a.m. The state of innovation in RI & the importance of sustainability – Saul Kaplan, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation 9:05 a.m. Sustainability and Place-making - Larry Quick, New Commons 9:25 a.m. Geotourism principles: Tourism Creating Sustainable Places – Jonathan Tourtellot, National Geographic Society, Center for Sustainable Destinations 9:45 a.m. Workshop & reports Noon Agenda Lunch presentation moderator: David DePetrillo, Rhode Island State Director of Tourism 1:30 p.m. Excellence in Tourism Governance: Veronica Cadoppi Chief of Staff, Office of the President United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) THEMIS Foundation 1:50 p.m. Sustainable Tourism--A Value Chain Approach - Dr. Don Hawkins, Eisenhower Professor of Tourism Policy School of Business, George Washington University 2:10 p.m. Summary of Key Points: Kip Bergstrom, Director, Rhode Island Economic Policy Council 2:30 p.m. Workshop and reports 4:00 p.m. Aligning the Rhode Island Sustainable Tourism Action Agenda: the possibilities, opportunities and action – Larry Quick 4:55 p.m. Closing thoughts: Robert Billington 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Reception with presenters What Does Sustainable Tourism Mean for Rhode Island? The Sustainable Tourism Summit: Rhode Island 2006 Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Blackstone Valley Visitor Center Slater Mill Historic Site Pawtucket, Rhode Island Presented by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, the Sustainable Tourism Planning and Development Laboratory and the Sustainable Tourism Network What do we mean by Sustainability? Ask anyone involved in national, state, regional or local development the key challenges they face, and you can be sure that sustainability is one priority that is top of their list. Though the environment is a first priority, sustainability is not just about the natural environment! Sustainability and sustainable development is a systemic concept that embraces a variety of diverse and synergistic elements from the human and non-human environment. It embodies the parallel care of a diverse range of economic, social, ecological, cultural, community knowledge and infrastructure capabilities and assets that, through their synergy enhance the actions that regenerate and restore not only the ecology of place, but also the community of place. Unfortunately for the most part conventional tourism is limited in its application of this thinking and practice. Hence, a huge opportunity exists for a new page to be turned in the history of tourism in the USA. Converse with the World’s Best in Sustainable Tourism The Sustainable Tourism Summit is a first in New England and provides an immense opportunity for those committed to both sustainable development and sustainable tourism to be a part of a conversation with some of the world’s leading thinkers on sustainability and sustainable tourism, and to learn how its application can impact the growth of Rhode Island. Participants will also be invited to join the Sustainable Tourism Network (STN), and to hear about the formative work completed on a teaching and learning center dedicated to sustainable tourism – The Sustainable Tourism Laboratory (STL) to be located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

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