Mauritius: International Conference on Digitalization and Sustainable Tourism

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Mauritius is set to host the International Conference on Digitalisation and Sustainable Tourism at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa from the 23 to 24 of May this year. This is a very important conference for the tourism industry and a great opportunity for the Indian Ocean Region to rally to showcase their drive in digitalisation and also in Sustainable Tourism.

During the last decade, the tourism industry has witnessed the transformational effect of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in terms of wider scope for global interaction between national and international players and for promoting Sustainable Tourism. Destinations, however, have yet to harness the full opportunities offered by ICT and the digitalisation process to foster the sustainability of the industry.

The conference in Mauritius, which will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Independence of Mauritius, will bring together high level policy makers including Ministers for Tourism, CEOs of Tourism Boards, specialists, academics and experts to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of digitalisation for the tourism industry. The conference will be interactive and provide an excellent forum for exchanging views and sharing best practices.

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.