Ecotourism Kenya will host the 8th Edition of the Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Forum (ESTF) which will bring together on average 50 participants ranging from tour operators, lodge/camps operators, ecotourism experts, academia, students, and other industry leaders. The forum will be organized into two separate thematic plenary workshops for the morning session followed by the Annual General Meeting in the afternoon. Various green products exhibitors will also be in attendance.
The plenary workshops will be based on the following thematic areas:
1. The Youth Dialogue
Theme: “Dialogue on the opportunities and challenges facing the youth in joining the tourism workforce.”
EK through its Leadership and Mentorship program will ensure the dialogue yields substantial outcome that would be instrumental in developing possible solutions for the youths’ challenges. Some of the questions the panelists will answer comprise; what challenges do students face in joining the Tourism Workforce? Are there gaps in training Tourism Students for the job Market? How can the stakeholders in the tourism industry work together to enhance the employability of tourism students?
Aim of the workshop: To identify the challenges facing youths and barring their integration into the tourism sector.
Panelists: Dr. Alex Awiti – Director of the East African Institute, Dr. Christopher Gakahu – Chairperson Ecotourism Kenya, Dr. John Wandaka – Deputy Director of studies, Utalii College, Richard Ndiga – Head of Sustainability & Environment, Serena Hotels, Juma Agatha, Consultant – International Finance Cooperation, Prof Richard Makopondo – Associate Professor & Director, School of Hospitality and Tourism Studies, The Technical University of Kenya, Willis Ondiek – Manager Research, Strategy and planning, Tourism Fund, & Shadrack Masinde – Managing Director, Gofan Safaris.
Moderator: Dr. David Chiawo, Director Research and Innovations and lecturer – Strathmore University.
2. The Green Tour Project
Theme: “Improving the capacity of Kenya tourism MSMEs to promote and adopt Sustainable Consumption and Production practices and seize green economy opportunities.”
This workshop is a collaboration between Ecotourism Kenya, KATO, Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and European Center for Eco and Agro Tourism (ECEAT). This is a first in a series of trainings under – The Green Tour Project – a 48-month EU funded program under the Switch Africa Green Project Phase II. This project’s goal is to replicate tourism industry sustainability best practices into the Kenyan tourism supply chain through an integrated business approach.
This workshop serves as a stakeholder meeting to discuss the broader issues of sustainability in the tourism sector, and the role private sector tourism associations play to support their members towards SCP. The associations know best the challenges and opportunities their members face and are in close contact with their members. The Green Tour Project aims at building capacity and developing tools that can be used by various Kenyan tourism sector associations such as EK, KATO, among others to better support their members taking into account the Kenyan context. This will result in supporting tour operators and their suppliers towards overall resource efficiency, reduced GHG emissions, poverty alleviation and CSR in the tourism value chains.
Aim of the workshop: to help participants understand the measures they need to take to integrate sustainability in their business operations.
Panelists: Kenya Travelife Partner Tour Operators who will share their experience on their sustainability journey, to encourage any other tour operator interested in beginning the sustainability journey.
Panel discussions will be based on the following strategic issues:
- Sustainability Management & Legal Compliance
- Social Policy & Human Rights
- Environment & Community Relations
- Recycling and Waste Management
Moderators: Grace Nderitu – CEO, Ecotourism Kenya & Fred Kaigua – CEO, KATO
3. Exhibitors of Green Products
Kitengela Hot Glass, Tutsys Touch, Buntu Organics, Njambini Wool Crafts, Agua Inc., among others
Registration to participate in the 2018 Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Forum (ESTF) is on-going.
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