Speakers for Green Globe World Summit announced


LOS ANGELES, California – On May 27-29, 2011, Green Globe Certification will hold its 3rd annual World Summit in Paris. Experts in the field have been signed on to speak at this important summit addressing sustainable travel and tourism.

Professor Geoffrey Lipman will deliver the keynote speech, “Travelism – Powering Green Growth.” Professor Lipman is one of the world’s leading thinkers in sustainable tourism. He is currently Director of greenearth.travel and MD of “beyond tourism.” He is Advisor to the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); and Advisor to the World Economic Forum and Vice Chair of its Global Agenda Council (Aviation, Travel & Tourism). Professor Lipman will present his insights on “travelism,” which he defines as the incredible power of the immense travel and tourism value chain to be a positive green growth change agent.

Philippe François is the Director General and Chairman of François-Tourisme-Consultants and ECORISMO. Mr. François is a graduate from the Strasbourg Hotel School, holder of a Master’s in Planning and Management of Tourist Resorts, and former hotelier and restaurateur. Mr. François will use his two decades of experience delivering professional sustainability services to outline the achievements of tourism businesses in France who are making a difference. In 1994, Mr. François created the tourism consulting and training firm, François-Tourism-Consultants, and is renowned in France and internationally as an expert in tourism, hospitality, and catering. He is also a director and active member of many national and international tourism and hospitality industries, including AMFORTH (International Association for Hospitality and Tourism Training), which he is President of, with appointment to 2014.

Ewald K. Biemans is owner and CEO of Bucuti Beach Resort & Tara Beach Suites & Spa, Aruba, which are among Green Globe’s highest-rated certified businesses. Bucuti Beach Resort & Tara Beach Suites & Spa are multi-award winners, including: 2011 International Five-Star Diamond Award, 2010 Golden Tulip Hotel of the Year, and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2010. Mr. Biemans will explain from the operational level through to global marketing, the importance and benefits of sustainability certification and the role of Green Globe in maintaining the resort’s prominence in a competitive marketplace with a growing need for green holiday options.

Other international speakers include senior managers for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, OBM International, Pacific Asia Tourism Association, the European Association of Event Centers, Diversey, United Nations Foundation, and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. For a full list of speakers visit http://greenglobe.com/summit .


Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally-accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA, and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is the only certification brand to be an affiliate member of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is partly owned by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), and a member of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) governing council. For information visit www.greenglobe.com .