World Travel Market Vision Conference asks: Is green the new cutting edge?


Experts in the field of green tourism will provide their insights on environmental issues as it relates to tourism at the inaugural World Travel Market (WTM) Vision Conference-Dubai being held on May 3.

The event, hosted at WTM’s sister event, Arabian Travel Market, includes two thought-provoking sessions, including a panel debate entitled “Is Green the new cutting edge?”

Acclaimed key speakers from the Middle East taking part include:

– Shaikha Ebrahim Al Mutawa, Director of Business Development and Chairperson of the Dubai Green Tourism Award, Government of Dubai DTCM; and

– Wael Al Lawati, CEO of Omran, the government of Oman’s tourism development and investment.

Shaikha has more than 8 years of experience involved in developing a variety of tourism projects, as well as leading a number of the DTCM Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

Wael is the master-planner and developer for a range of tourism-related projects, including the site for the Second Asian Beach Games Muscat 2010, the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, and hotel and resort developments throughout Oman.

Furthermore, respected Harold Goodwin, Professor of Responsible Tourism Management and Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism at Leeds University, will use his considerable knowledge and expertise to moderate the panel session.

The first session of WTM Vision Conference–Dubai sees Euromonitor International’s Travel and Tourism Industry Analyst Nadeja Popova reveal the research company’s latest report, The Travel Industry Global Overview. The report will be given FREE to all delegates.

World Travel Market Chairman Fiona Jeffery said: “I am delighted to be able to announce these key speakers who will make up the discussion panel at WTM Vision Conference in Dubai.

“The Middle East is really starting to recognize the importance of sustainable tourism, and this session will discuss the commercial benefits it could bring to the region.

“WTM Vision Conferences in London have been a real success, and I’m confident the Dubai event will become as much a fixture on the travel and tourism industry’s calendar as the London conference.”

WTM Vision Conference–Dubai, organized in association with TTN Middle East, takes part at ATM on May 3 between 2:00 pm–4:00 pm.

WTM Vision launched in London in 2009 offering high-caliber speakers, content, and research to give analysis, statistical assessment, and interpretations to the industry’s senior leaders. This year, the WTM Vision brand has been expanded to Milan on April 14, as well as Dubai.

WTM Vision Conference–London takes place on May 25. For further information on attending this conference, please visit .