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Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenges and Discovering Russia
Mountain resort Rosa Khutor
hotel RadissonSochi
2013-10-17T09:00:01+04:00
2013-10-20T23:00:30+04:00
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Ведомости. Конференции
АвербухЛевЗаместитель директора РосзаповедцентраМинприроды России
АлиевМахирРегиональный координаторООН Окружающая среда (UN Environment)
БолотоваЕкатеринаДиректорЛандшафтное бюро «Эстетика пространства»
ГоршковДмитрийДиректор программы по сохранению биоразнообразияВсемирный фонд дикой природы
ДанилинаНатальяДиректорЭкоцентр «Заповедники»
ЖелезнякАлександрЭкспертОбщероссийский народный фронт
ИглзПолПрофессор факультета туризма и рекреацииУниверситет Ватерлоо (Канада)
КавильяЖеромОснователь, генеральный директорAtemia
КастроПаулоЧлен совета, вице-президентEuroparc Federation
КириловАлександрДиректорНациональный парк «Русская Арктика»
ЛайлиСирилДиректорGrand Chambery Alpes Tourisme
ЛиховИльяОснователь, генеральный директорNeоsun Energy
МироновСергейПрезидентФедерация спортивного туризма России
МоирГрантИсполнительный директорНациональный парк Кэйрнгормc (Шотландия, Великобритания)
ПалауДжордиДиректор национальных охотничьих заповедников Кади и Серданья, Альт-УржельЖенералитет Каталонии (региональное правительство Каталонии)
Патиньо ОкампоМария ХименаПрезидентSaving The Amazon
ПестряковАлександрПредседательНорильский городской совет депутатов
ПрокошПитерОснователь, председатель правленияLinking Tourism & Conservation
РичиКэролИсполнительный директорEuroparc Federation
РобинэОливьеЗаместитель руководителя департамента международного сотрудничестваМинистерство экологии Франции
РубашкинаСветланаДиректорАгентство развития Норильска
СааведраДелиРегиональный директорRewilding Europe Foundation
СалаЭнрикВедущий исследователь, руководитель проекта Pristine SeasNational Geographic
СалмановКамалПредпринимательСемейное предприятие Family Fruits and Tours
СалмеронАльваро ФернандесТехнический директорНациональный парк Сьерра-Невада (Андалусия, Испания)
Сантакруз РестрепоКлара АйнесЭкспертSaving The Amazon
СтепаницкийВсеволодСоветник генерального директора«Дальневосточные леопарды»
СтройковАлександрГлава правленияRuGBC
ТеребихинДенисСоучредительОбщина «Хаски-тыал»
ТитовскийАлексейДиректор департамента госполитики в сфере ООПТМинприроды России
ФетисовВячеславПервый заместитель председателя Комитета по физической культуре, спорту, туризму и делам молодежиГосударственная Дума Федерального Собрания Российской Федерации
ЧубаковаЕленаПрезидентАссоциация «Большая Байкальская Тропа»

Description

Outdoor recreational activities (sustainable tourism) are a key component of travelers’ experience with tourism. Every year demand for these kinds of activities goes up by dozens of percent globally, and in many countries sustainable tourism has now become mainstream.

In Russia, an organized quality sustainable tourism market is only taking its first baby steps, striving to foster favorable conditions for market development and rebuilding the tradition of active mass tourism. The industry of outdoor activities faces many challenges that impact a number of other sectors: regulation; services for tourists; environmental protection; infrastructure development; equipment and technologies; professional training; education and skill-building for the young.

On October 17 – 20, 2018 the Rosa Khutor mountain resort in Sochi will host an international conference «Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenges and Discovering Russia». Well-known experts, political and business leaders from many countries will gather for a comprehensive discussion of challenges and opportunities related to the development of sustainable tourism.

Conference organizers include: Slava Foundation of Vyacheslav Fetisov, the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Arctic and the Antarctic, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia, the Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism), Sports Tourism Federation of Russia and the Interros Group.

Media partner: Vedomosti Business Publication


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17 October
18 October
19 October
20 October

17 October

08:00 - 16:00
Arrival and Registration
18:00 - 21:00
Welcome cocktail for conference participants, informal evening program
(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor, Black&Gril bar)

18 October

08:00 - 10:00
Arrival and Registration
09:30 - 19:00
Business Expo in the lobby of Radisson Rosa Khutor Hotel
10:00 - 10:30
Hall Moscow
Keynote speaker address. New Time of Discoveries
Hall Moscow
Ecotourism is a new, rapidly-developing industry worldwide. In Russia, ecotourism development goals have been laid out at the highest state level. Ecotourism development holds great promise, presents exciting opportunities and requires a special approach that takes into account the fragility of our natural world, which is a key component of travelers’ expectations and experience.

Speaker
Vyacheslav Fetisov, State Duma Special Envoy for Interparliamentary and International Public Organizations on the Development of Athletics
10:30 - 12:00
Hall Moscow
Plenary Session. Challenges and Opportunities
Hall Moscow
Sustainable development is the result of concerted efforts by people who find ways to cooperate in today’s fast-paced, complex environment, and who strive to make the world a better place for generations to come. Change for the better will not happen on its own accord, and it will not take place without careful planning and diligent efforts founded on mutual respect, partnership and dedicated leadership. Ecotourism sets a new standard for the industry’s development and raises the bar for everyone involved, from the business community, to the government, environmental agencies and grass-roots movements.

Speakers
Mahir Aliyev, Coordinator, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
Sergey Bachin, Director General, Rosa Khutor Resort
Carol Ritchie, Executive Director, Europarc Federation
Olivier Robinet, Deputy Director for international affairs, Ministry of Ecology of France
Enric Sala, Founder and Lead Researcher, National Geographic's Pristine Seas
Sergey Shevelev, Director, Caucasus State Nature Reserve
12:00 - 13:30
Break
13:30 - 15:00
Parallel Break-out sessions
13:30 - 15:00
Hall Moscow-1
Discussion Session. Traveler on a Trail
Hall Moscow-1
How do we assess the prospects of ecotourism in Russia on the domestic market and internationally? Itineraries are a key component of any tourist product, and should be the focus for all stakeholders. We will focus on international experience, look at examples of outstanding achievements, and consider new challenges and their solutions.

Speakers
Alexander Zheleznyak, Travel Expert, All-Russia National Front
Jerome Caviglia, CEO, Atemia
Cyril Laily, Director, Gand Chambéry Alpes Tourisme (France)
Svetlana Rubashkina, Head, Norilsk Development Agency
Paul F. J. Eagles, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
Elena Chubakova, Head, The Great Baikal Trail Association
13:30 - 15:00
Hall Moscow-2
Discussion Session. In the Natural Realm
Hall Moscow-2
How can we integrate tourist products in pristine natural environments, including specially protected areas? How can tourism be used as a driver for environmental programs? How do we make pristine natural sites a part of product offerings to tourists? How can we build infrastructure, provide services and ensure profitability while keeping nature our number one priority?

Speakers
Dmitry Gorshkov, Program Officer for Biodiversity Conservation, WWF
Jordi Palau, Director, Cadí & Cerdanya-Alt Urgell National Game Reserves (Spain)
Maria Ximena Patino Ocampo, President, Saving the Amazon
Deli Saavedra, Regional Manager, Rewilding Europe Foundation
Clara Ines Santacruz Restrepo, Expert, Saving the Amazon
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 - 18:30
Parallel workshops
Please choose your workshop carefully, as it may be difficult to change your selection at the venue due to limited seating.
15:30 - 18:30
Hall Moscow-1
Workshop. European Charter for Sustainable Tourism
Hall Moscow-1
Europarc Federation is the largest association of specially protected areas in Europe, including national parks. Over its many years in operation, the Federation has developed toolkits (standards, methods, certificates, guidelines) to address the often divergent interests of parks and businesses seeking to operate within their boundaries.

Speakers
Paolo Castro, Vice President, Europarc Federation (Portugal )
Grant Moir, Chief Executive, Cairngorms National Park Authority (Scotland)
Alvaro Fernandez, Electric Engineer, Sierra Nevada National Park (Spain)
15:30 - 18:30
Hall Moscow-2
Workshop. Green Hotel for Green Tourism
Hall Moscow-2
Environmental protection is not limited to biodiversity alone. It also involves reducing your environmental footprint, for example through the use of innovative and resource-conscious solutions. Representatives from the Russian Green Building Council (RuGBC) will discuss green building standards and turn-key technological solutions for tourism.

Speakers
Makar Axinin, Head of the Export department, Polarlifehaus
Ekaterina Bolotova, Director, Estetika Prostranstva landscape architecture bureau
Ilya Likhov, CEO and Founder, NeosunEnergy
Alexandr Stroykov, Head of the Board, RuGBC
15:30 - 18:30
Hall Barcelona
Workshop. Far Away with All the Comforts of Home
Hall Barcelona
Nature tourism is far from simple planning-wise, and success often hinges on having the right gear and equipment, which impact safety and comfort. Many tourist gear manufacturers set the bar high in terms of environmental safety and push technological development forward.

Speakers: leading manufacturers and suppliers of equipment and gear for nature tourism
15:30 - 18:30
Hall Seoul
Workshop. Children Under the Stars
Hall Seoul
For many of us, tourism to unexplored areas, hiking trips and camping are some of our fondest childhood memories, and they form a rich body of knowledge about our unique environment as at once rough and defenseless. During this workshop, we’ll discuss domestic hiking trips and camps for children, and international experience in organizing trips for children under the stars.

Speakers: outstanding organizers of travel, hikes and camping for children
15:30 - 18:30
Hall Beijing
Workshop. The Impact of Recreational Activities
Hall Beijing
All human activities impact the environment, and tourism is no exception. How do we measure the environmental impact of tourism, what risks should we consider, and how do we manage those risks?

Tourism development projects should be combined with initiatives that have a positive impact on the environment. How should such initiatives be put in place and integrated in projects, and how should we assess their impact?

Speaker
Peter Prokosch, Founder, Linking Tourism & Conservation, Norway
15:30 - 18:30
Hall Vancouver
Workshop. Tourist Expectations and Experiences
Hall Vancouver
Some like to go on nature adventure trips alone, while others invite their friends and family. Still others, real trail-blazers, lead fellow adventurers down their secret paths. This workshop is a master-class by tour operators who successfully organize trips to the most remote and hard to reach sites of natural beauty.

Speakers: specialized tour operators
15:30 - 18:30
Hall Athens
Workshop. Tell Your Journey Story
Hall Athens
Today’s world can fit in the palm of your hand: it’s enough to just tap the screen of your smartphone. But still, personal examples, a good piece of advice and a useful hint are just as important in today’s whirlwind of digital data as they always have been. Let’s talk about how to promote ecotourism using modern communication tools.

Speakers
Kamal Salmanov, blogger/guide, entrepreneur, Family Fruits and Tours family-run business
Denis Terebikhin, blogger/guide, co-founder of the Husky-Tyal Community
19:00 - 22:00
Gala dinner, afterparty

19 October

08:00 - 09:00
Groups gather for field trips
09:00 - 15:00
Field-trips
Please choose your fieldtrip carefully, as changing fieldtrip registration at the venue may be difficult due to the limited number of participants at each event.

1. Park of waterfalls Mendelikha
Difficulty: medium
Length: 2,5 km
Time required: 4-5 hours

Waterfall Nature Park is located on the South slope of the Aibga ridge in the Mendeliha river bed, 1,472 meters above sea level. Arriving at the trailhead via a cable car, we will hike along a picturesque mountain trail surrounded by the thunder of the waterfalls. The sight of seven waterfalls, with the highest vertical drop of 77 meters, will leave everyone in awe. Our tour guide will tell the story of the Mendel family, in honor of whom the area received its name, and will share information about local flora and fauna.

Equipment: windbreaker jacket or a rain-gear in case of rain, comfortable clothes covering arms and legs, trekking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

Please note: the itinerary goes through a border region, please bring your passport or other ID with you! You won’t be able to access the Waterfall Nature Park without your ID.

2. Health trail at the Rosa Khutor Resort

Difficulty: medium
Length: 3 km
Time required: 2,5 hours

The walk goes through the tree-covered part of the Psehako Ridge, where hikers can admire the magnificent mountain forest of giant trees, moss and vines. The trail includes three circles of different length and difficulty, climbing from 580 to 732 meters above sea level. The itinerary includes 919 stairwell steps, crosses 13 mountain springs and two waterfalls. Hikers will attend a hands-on educational workshop, where resort guests can learn about the unique nature of the Caucasus on the Black Sea side, and the guide will share the history of the region, as well as provide information about local plants and animals.

Equipment: windbreaker jacket or a rain-gear in case of rain, comfortable clothes covering arms and legs, hiking shoes, drinking water and a hat.

3. Outdoor enclosure animal park and Caucasus Reserve Visitors’ Center
Difficulty: easy
Length: 9 km with car transfer
Time required: 3 hours

The Visitors‘ Center at the Caucasus Nature Reserve, which constitutes a large part of the Western Caucasus World Heritage Site, will uncover the secrets of the region’s unique natural environment. The outdoor enclosure animal park is home to more than 25 rare animal species: wild hog, fox, raccoon dog, bison, wolf, roe deer, sika deer and other animals endemic to the Caucasus.

Equipment: windbreaker jacket or a rain-gear in case of rain, comfortable clothes covering arms and legs, hiking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

4. Dolmens and the Achipse fortress
Difficulty: easy
Length: 14 km
Time required: 4 hours

On this tour, we will visit two archeological sites. The first is the ruins of the Achipse fortress, built in the early Middle Ages (VII-X centuries), a key element in the chain of fortifications that dotted an ancient trade route that passed along the Mzymta river valley. We will first walk along the embankment of the Mzymta river, and then will hike a picturesque trail through the woods to the fortress ruins on the slope of the Achishkho ridge. The second part of the tour includes a visit to a Neolithic complex, the dolmens, built, according to researchers, between 3000 and 4000 BC. The dolmens are located in the upper part of the Krasnaya Polyana village. We will take a car to get there. The mysterious stone structures are hidden in a beech forest, where in the fall one can easily spot tracks of wild hogs or brown Caucasian bears.

Equipment: windbreaker jacket or a rain-gear in case of rain, comfortable clothes covering arms and legs, hiking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

5. The Achipse river valley
Difficulty: medium
Length: 6 km
Time required: 5 hours
The itinerary starts at the outdoor enclosure animal park of the Caucasus Nature Reserve and takes us down the right tributary to the Mzymta river on the right side of the Achipse river. We will walk through the flood plain forest on the riverbank, cross the river via a suspension bridge to reach the confluence of Assara and Achipse rivers, and then will walk up a short way to the Rudovaya river mouth. One can see animal tracks on the wet soil: foxes, wild hogs, roe deer, raccoon, wolf and bear. High up above, crows, black hawks and buzzards trace the sky. Deep in the woods one can spot other birds, including woodpeckers, jays, and tree creepers.

Equipment: windbreaker jacket or a rain-gear in case of rain, comfortable clothes covering arms and legs, hiking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

6. Khmelev Lakes
Difficulty: medium
Length: 18 km, car transfer
Time required: 5 hours

We will first drive up a picturesque mountain road to 1,800 meters above sea level, where we will take a walk through a large meadow nestling the karst lakes. From there we will walk up to an overlook with a view on the Great Caucasus Ridge.

Equipment: windbreaker jacket or a rain-gear in case of rain, comfortable clothes covering arms and legs, swimsuit, hiking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.

7. Medoveevka
Difficulty: easy
Length: 25 km, car transfer
Time required: 5 hours

We will visit a remote mountain village Medoveevka to enjoy calm, serenity and the crystal clarity of the autumn in the Caucasus. The tour includes a visit of Endemik, a colorful artisanal brewery, where you can taste several kinds of the original craft drink, brewed using unique local water.

Equipment: windbreaker jacket or a rain-gear in case of rain, comfortable clothes covering arms and legs, hiking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

8. Matsesta tea
Difficulty: easy
Length: 75 km, car transfer
Time required: 5 hours

A mere 20 minute ride from Sochi center, everything changes when we reach the Mastesta valley nestled in the mountains of the Caucasus. Matsesta tea plantations cover more than 170 hectares, a place of clean environment within the Sochi metropolis. We will see how tealeaves are grown, harvested and processed. You can participate in master classes, take beautiful photos in one of the most breathtaking corners of the resort, and, of course, enjoy the taste of the best kinds of black and green teas in the world.

Equipment: windbreaker jacket or a rain-gear in case of rain, comfortable clothes covering arms and legs, hiking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
15:00 - 19:00
Business Expo in the lobby of Radisson Rosa Khutor Hotel
15:30 - 16:30
Parallel Break-out sessions
15:30 - 16:30
Hall Moscow-1
Break-out session. Sustainable tourism: New Imperative or New Opportunity?
Hall Moscow-1
Environmentalists and tourism industry representatives often find themselves on opposing sides. However, when it comes to ecotourism, their positions often align and reinforce one another. We’ll discuss issues causing the most heated debates and examine the best examples of fruitful collaboration among stakeholders from all over the world.

Speakers
Paul F. J. Eagles, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
Peter Prokosch, Founder, Linking Tourism & Conservation, Norway
15:30 - 16:30
Hall Moscow-2
Break-out session. The Road Already Travelled and New Horizons
Hall Moscow-2
European experience and the Russian way. This discussion will focus on the differences, advantages and disadvantages of the European and Russian systems of sustainable management and development of protected areas, and how they foster conditions for tourism development.

Speakers
Natalia Danilina, Director, the Zapovedinki ecocenter
Alexander Kirilov, Director of Russian Arctic National Park
Viktor Matasov, Director, Taimyr Nature Reserves
Grant Moir, Chief Executive, Cairngorms National Park Authority (Scotland)
Carol Ritchie, Executive Director, Europarc Federation
Alvaro Fernandez, Electric Engineer, Sierra Nevada National Park (Spain)
16:30 - 17:00
Coffee break
17:00 - 17:30
Hall Moscow
Special presentation. Coming Back Home
Hall Moscow
Speaker
Paolo Castro, Vice President, Europarc Federation (Portugal)
17:30 - 19:00
Hall Moscow
Closing plenary session. The Global Challenge and Discovering Russia
Hall Moscow
Drafting the conference resolution to define key areas for the application of the collective efforts of all stakeholders interested in developing ecotourism.

Speakers
Mahir Aliyev, Coordinator, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
Vyacheslav Fetisov, State Duma Special Envoy for Interparliamentary and International Public Organizations on the Development of Athletics
19:30 - 22:00
Radisson Rosa Khutor Hotel
Farewell cocktails for conference participants

20 October

08:00
Departures or an additional individual day to relax at Rosa Khutor
Speakers
Mahir Aliyev, Coordinator, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Paolo Castro, Director, Ponto Natura; Member of Board, Vice President, Europarc Federation
Jerome Caviglia, CEO, Atemia
Vyacheslav Fetisov, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs, The State Duma
Stanislas Henrion, Chief of unit Infrastructures, Energy, Transport and Industry, French Embassy in Moscow, Russia
Grant Moir, Chief Executive, Cairngorms National Park Authority
Maria Ximena Patino Ocampo, President, Saving The Amazon
Jordi Palau, Director of Cadí & Cerdanya-Alt Urgell National Game Reserves, Generalitat de Catalunya (Regional Government of Catalonia)
Peter Prokosch, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Linking Tourism & Conservation
Clara Ines Santacruz Restrepo, Expert, Saving The Amazon
Carol Ritchie, Executive Director, Europarc Federation
Deli Saavedra, Regional Manager, Rewilding Europe Foundation
Enric Sala, Explore-in-Residence, National Geographic Pristine Seas founder and leader, National Geographic
Alvaro Fernandez Salmeron, Technical Director, Cetursa Sierra Nevada S.A.
Alexander Zheleznyak, Travel Expert, All-Russia National Front
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