Panel Discussion

Security and Sustainability in Tourism

10:00 – 12.30, Grand Hotel Toplice, Grand Hall


OPENING REMARKS:

  • Mr Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Ms Maja Pak, Director-General of the Slovenian Tourist Board

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mr Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization

PERSPECTIVES ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY AND SUSTAINABILITY IN TOURISM

Speaker: Ms Helen Marano, Senior Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs at the World Travel & Tourism Council, United Kingdom

ROUND TABLE: GLOBAL SECURITY CHALLENGES AND THE SUSTAINABLE TOURISM POTENTIALS

Speakers:

  • Ambassador Dr Gusztav Bienerth, Government Commissioner for Tourism, Prime Minister’s Office, Hungary
  • Mrs Irena Gueorguieva, Deputy Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria
  • Dr Mario Hardy, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, Thailand
  • Mrs Tatjana Juriševič, CEO of Kompas d.d., Slovenia
  • Dr Terry Stevens, MD at Stevens & Associates and Professor at School of Management, Swansea University, United Kingdom
  • Ms Eva Štravs Podlogar, General Director of Directorate for Tourism and Internationalization at the Ministry of   Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia

 

Moderated by: Mr Igor Bergant, Chief Commentator and News Host at RTV Slovenia, Slovenia


Tourism depends heavily on global security. The key threat in 2016 is terrorism, with migration only increasing the challenges to security. In future, in addition to political refugees and economic migrants, Europe will also have to face climate migrants. Living conditions and economic woes will force many people in threatened areas, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa, to migrate north.

Today, the concept of sustainability is more topical than ever – in addition to political consensus – balanced environmental, social, economic, and climatic aspects of life are essential for containing migration and ensuring global security. Tourists need the assurance of safety at every step – a safe purchase, safe trip, safe accommodation, safe food, safe air, water and environment.

Europe faces major security challenges. Slovenia is considered a safe and green country, both according to global indexes and in the perception of actual and potential tourists, but this view can be radically affected by global threats. Therefore, in the light of Ljubljana being the 2016 European Green Capital and of World Green Day, which is taking place in Slovenia this year, tourism and sustainability experts will help us answer questions of global security challenges and find sustainability in the tourist industry, so that – despite numerous obstacles – the desired results in tourism can be achieved in the future.


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