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Advancing Climate Action – The Glasgow Declaration: Signatory Engagement Event on Planning and Pathways

Thursday 25 January 2024 | 15:00hrs- 18:00hrs (+cocktail) | IFEMA- Madrid, Spain (Room N112) Join us at FITUR 2024 for a dynamic discussion with the signatories of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism. This event, featuring two roundtables, will showcase progress achieved by signatories, as shown in the Glasgow Declaration Implementation Report 2023, and provide a platform to brainstorm on next steps. As of December 2023, over 850 organizations have signed the Glasgow Declaration.  Our goal is to foster collaboration, share innovative practices, and reinforce our collective commitment to driving climate action the tourism sector. This gathering is more than a meeting—it's a catalyst for impactful, climate action in tourism. Both signatories and not (yet) signatories are welcome to participate.

Objetives:

  • Showcase achievements and success stories in climate action from Glasgow Declaration signatories.
  • Encourage collaborative efforts among industry leaders and destinations to drive impactful climate initiatives.
  • Identify obstacles and explore solutions to accelerate climate action in tourism.
  • Promote awareness on the importance and benefits of climate action in tourism.


 

Programme
15:00 - 15:05
Welcome Remarks
Ms. Zoritsa Urosevic, Executive Director, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
15:05 - 15:15
Introduction of the Glasgow Declaration Implementation Report 2023
Ms. Virginia Fernández-Trapa, Programme Coordinator, Sustainable Development of Tourism, UNWTO
15:15 - 16:35
Roundtable 1: Climate action at destination level
Moderated by Dr. Dirk Glaesser, Director, Sustainable Development of Tourism, UNWTO
  • Keynote: Mr. Francisco Javier Arroyo Navarro, Director General of Andalusia Global, Secretary General for Foreign Affairs of Andalucía, Spain
  • Presentation 1: NECSTouR Climate Action Plan - Ms. Cristina Nuñez, Managing Director
  • Presentation 2: Visit Finland Climate Action Plan - Ms. Kristiina Hietasaari, Senior Director
Discussants:
  • Ms. Jaqueline Gil, Director of International Marketing, Business and Sustainability, Brazilian Tourist Board, Embratur
  • Mr. José Juan Lorenzo Rodríguez. Managing Director of Tourism of the Canary Islands
  • Mr. Juan José Álvarez Brunel, Secretary Tourism of the State of Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Ms. Ana Moniche Bermejo, Head of European Projects and International Networks, Tourism and Sport of Andalucía
  • Ms. Mariana Garita, Head of Certifications and Social Responsibility in Tourism, Costa Rica Tourism Board
  • Mr. Vicente Ferreyra Acosta, Director General, Sustentur
  • Ms. Alicia Fajardo, Sustainable Tourism Specialist, The Travel Foundation 
Debate questions:
  • Setting boundaries for measurement at destination level (including the challenge of international transport)
  • Connecting DMO-led climate action with broader frameworks at city, region and/or national level
  • Incentivising climate action from the private sector
  • Integrating regenerative approaches (adaptation and climate justice)
16:35 - 16:40
Break between Roundtables
16:40 - 18:00
Roundtable 2: Private sector-led climate action
Moderated by Ms. Virginia Fernández-Trapa, Programme Coordinator, Sustainable Development of Tourism, UNWTO
  • Presentation 1: Booking.com Climate Action Plan - Ms. Danielle D’Silva, Head of Sustainability
  • Presentation 2: Iberostar Group Climate Action Plan - Dr. Megan Morikawa, Global Sustainability Director
  • Presentation 3: The Travel Corporation Climate Action Plan - Ms. Nadine Pinto, Global Sustainability Manager
Discussants:
  • Mr. Tim Fairhurst, Director General, Director of Policy, European Tourism Association (ETOA)
  • Mr. Glenn Mandziuk, CEO, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance
  • Mr. Sven Wiltink, Global Senior Director Sustainability, Radisson Hotel Group
  • Dr. Andrea Fuentes, Contracting Manager, Intrepid West Europe
  • Ms. Luz Tribaldos, Sustainability and Social Responsibility Expert, Europa Mundo Vacaciones S.L.U.
  • Ms. Amanda Ho, Co-Founder & CEO, Regenerative Travel
Debate questions:
  • Empowering your teams and triggering changes in corporate culture
  • Starting your journey on defining and taking action to reduce Scope 3
  • Key areas where public private partnerships are needed
  • Integrating regenerative approaches (adaptation and climate justice)
18:00 - 19:00
Cocktail with the support of Iberostar Group

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