A Discussion on The Future of Tourism with Bruce Poon Tip, Founder of G Adventures.
On June 6, 2013 G Adventures will hold the Future of Tourism, Melbourne—an evening of discussion, debate and creative exchange between visionaries from across the tourism spectrum.
The event will feature speakers Bruce Poon Tip of G Adventures and Paula Vlamings of Planeterra. Join them as they explore the roles travel and sustainable tourism play in the modern world, and look to set the agenda for the future of the travel industry and our planet.
Plus, there will be a special video message from Tony Wheeler, founder of Loney Planet.
Founder of G Adventures, Bruce has been one of sustainable tourism's most active proponents for more than 20 years. As Bruce sees it, there is no box to think outside of anymore, and concepts like 'freedom' and 'happiness' can—and in G Adventures' case, do—make for a functional and successful business model.
Paula Vlamings, Executive Director, Planeterra
Paula became deeply involved in sustainability and systems change after a career in public policy. She lead a national sustainable foods initiative, in partnership with the National Park Service and with support from the White House, that resulted in new standards for all US parks. She sees the power that sustainable tourism has as an economic development tool, and is committed to building social and environmental solutions using the travel industry. As a lifelong traveller, Paula feels privileged to help create opportunity in the lives of people and their environment around the world.
Tony Wheeler, Founder, Lonely Planet
Travelling across Asia on the ‘hippie trail’ of the 1970s led to the creation of Lonely Planet Publications.
From those early guidebooks Lonely Planet Publications has grown to become the world’s largest independent guidebook publisher with more than 500 titles in print, over 500 staff and offices in London and Oakland as well as the head office in Melbourne. One hundred million books – plus websites, digital publications, smart phone apps, a photo library and TV productions. In 2011 we completed the sale of Lonely Planet to BBC-Worldwide which hasn’t stopped Tony travelling. In the past year he’s climbed volcanoes in the Congo and tracked down the wreckage of Admiral Yamomoto’s Betty bomber in the jungles of Papua New Guinea.
The Future of Tourism is Presented By:
G Adventures has had its collective finger firmly on the pulse of travel for over 20 years. We have worked hard to make it beat faster by offering the widest selection of affordable small-group tours, safaris and expeditions across the world. We believe that every adventure begins with a single step, and that experiencing different lands and cultures can make the world a better place for all its inhabitants.
Planeterra is a non-profit organization that empowers local people to develop their communities, conserve their environments and create humane and supportive systems for their endeavours. All proceeds from the Future of Tourism event will go to fund Planeterra projects around the world.