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Wednesday November 23

TimeActivity
14:00-14:10

Opening Session

  • Luigi Cabrini, Chair, GSTC Board of Directors

14:10-14:50Current and Future Tourism in Greece

  • Greece Ministry of Tourism

  • Dimitris Malliaropulos, Chief economist, Bank of Greece 

  • Central Union of Greek Municipalities

  • Greek Travel Agents Association

14:50-15:20

GSTC Overview and Updates

  • Randy Durband, GSTC CEO

15:20-15:40Coffee/Tea Break
15:40-17:40Sustainability Standards and Programs for European Tourism

Moderator: Mr. Andrés Fellenberg van der Molen, GSTC Technical Director 

  • Mr. Sören Stöber, Commercial Director, Travelife for Hotels 

  • Mr. Albert Salman, Founder & Director, Green Destinations 

  • Mr. Martin Balaš, General Manager, TourCert Berlin 

  • Mr. Riza Epikmen, FEE Green Key 

  • Mr. Nikos Bakaris, Lead Auditor, Control Union

17:50-18:00Closing Remarks and Announcments
18:00-19:00Welcome Cocktail

Thursday November 24

TimeActivity
8:30-10:15European Best Practices for Sustainable Management of Destinations and Enterprises

Moderator: Ms. Mary Mulvey, CEO, Ecotourism Ireland

  • Mr. Ioannis Spilanis, UNWTO Observatory Program, Aegean Islands 

  • Mr. Tom Johnston, Senior Manager, Sustainability – Product & Purchasing, TUI Group 

  • Mr. Naut Kusters, Manager, Travelife for Tour Operators

  • Mrs. Silvia Barbone, Founder and Director, Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism (FEST) 

  • Mr. Fivos Tsaravopoulos, Manager, Paths of Greece 

10:15-10:45Coffee/Tea Break
10:45-13:00Marketing sustainable tourism in European destinations

Moderator: Luigi Cabrini, Chair, GSTC Board of Directors

  • Dr. Xavier Font, University of Surrey

  • Ms. Martina von Muenchhausen, Tourism Expert, WWF 

  • Mr. Melvin Mak, Manager of Sustainability, TUI Benelux 

  • Ms. Lonneke de Kort, CEO, BookDifferent.com

  • Mr. Olaf Schlieper, Sustainability & Innovations Manager, German National Tourist Board 

  • Ms. Rika Jean-François, Corporate Social Responsibility Commissioner, ITB Berlin 

13:00-13:30
Lunch
13:30-15:30The value of a global sustainability brand for the tourism industry in Greece

Moderator: Mr. Panos Thomakos, English Site Editor, Tornos News

  • Mr. George Drakopoulos, President & CEO, tourism generis, Special Advisor to the UNWTO  

  • Mr. Diogenis Venetopoulos, Commercial Director, Variety Cruises 

  • Mr. Gerasimos Damoulakis, Mayor of Milos Island, President of Tourism Board of Central Union of Greek Municipalities

  • Mr. George Politis, Secretary of the Board, Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature 

  • Mr. Nikolaos Pavlos, Head of Hotels Unit, Kafkas SA 

  • Ms. Athanasia Nikolopoulou, Crete Project Coordinator, The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece (ARCHELON)

15:30-15:45
Coffe/Tea Break
15:45-17:15

Apply Standards and Certifications to Destinations and Enterprises

Moderator: Dr. Ioannis Pappas, Co-Founder & CEO, Green Evolution

  • Mr. Fivos Tsaravopoulos, Manager, Paths of Greece

  • Mr. Martin Balaš, General Manager, TourCert Berlin 

  • Mr. Vasilis Zisimopoulos, Founder & CEO, Costa Nostrum Ltd 

  • Mr. Albert Salman, Founder & Director, Green Destinations 

17:15-17:30

Closing Remarks

  • Mr. Randy Durband, GSTC CEO


 

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