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8:30 – 9:00: Registration and coffee/light breakfast

9:00 – 9:20: Opening Remarks

  • Barbara Hendrie, regional director for North America, UN Environment – North America Office
  • Martha Honey, executive director, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)

9:20 – 9:45: Keynote Address

  • Elizabeth Becker, author of Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel & Tourism and former New York Times reporter

9:45 – 10:45: Panel 1 – Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction

  • Chris Blackwell, owner, Island Outpost, Jamaica
  • Allison Caton, owner, Isle of Reefs Tours, Carriacou, Grenada
    • Moderator: Jonathan Tourtellot, CEO, Destination Stewardship Center and National Geographic Fellow Emeritus

10:45 – 11:00: Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00: Panel 2 – Inclusive and sustainable economic growth

  • Chef José Andrés, chef/owner, ThinkFoodGroup & minibar by José Andrés

    • Moderator: Nick Schmidle, contributor, The New Yorker

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch prepared by Foodhini

1:00 – 2:00: Panel 3 – Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change

  • Ewald Biemans, owner, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba
  • Arthur DeJong, head of Sustainability, Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, British Columbia, Canada
    • Moderator: Andrea Sachs, Travel Writer, The Washington Post

2:00 – 3:00: Panel 4 – Cultural values, diversity and heritage

  • Doug Neasloss, indigenous tourism, tribal chief/leader, and founder of Spirit Bear Lodge, Great Bear Rainforest, BC, Canada
  • Melinda Allen, president, Downtown Neighborhood Association, City of Savannah, Georgia
    • Moderator: Norie Quintos, Editor at Large, National Geographic Travel media

3:00 – 3:15: Coffee Break

3:15 – 4:15: Panel 5 – Mutual understanding, peace and security

  • Jon Barela, CEO, Borderplex Alliance, Mexico-US Border
  • Collin Laverty, president, Cuba Educational Travel
    • Moderator: Bill Press, host, The Bill Press Show

4:15 – 4:20: Wrap Up

  • Jonathan Tourtellot, CEO, Destination Stewardship Center

4:20 – 5:20: Reception featuring biodynamic and organic wines from Bonterra Organic Vineyards in Mendocino County, California and rum from Blackwell Black Gold Fine Jamaican Rum.

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