ICTE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2006
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Summary of the Conference
More than 110 participants from 12 different countries (
The main objective of the conference was to describe and present different environmental management systems (EMAS and ISO 14001) and eco-labels available for the tourism industry, including a number of case studies different tourist enterprises, in order to stimulate the implementation of environmental management systems in the sector as a way to increase competitiveness and sustainability.
The conference started just after 10:00 on February 16 with the welcome speech of Dr. Stefan Rydin (Managing Director of Nordeconsult Lda.) followed by Dr M Dias (Portuguese Tourist Confederation), Dr. Carlos Carreiras, (Vice-Mayor of Cascais) and Dr. C. Siza-Viera from DG Turismo (representing the state Secretary of Tourism), Professor Humberto Rosa (State Secretary of Environment) closed the Opening Session. The State Secretary of Environment pointed out the importance of sustainable tourism for
The technical/scientific sessions started immediately after the Opening Session and consisted of 23 presentations, divided into 7 sessions during 2 days, with a well-balanced mixture of highly well-reputed International and Portuguese speakers.
The first technical presentation was made by Dr Manuel Dias from the Confederation of the Portuguese Tourist, who gave an overview of the importance of environmental certification for the Portuguese tourist sector as a competitive and distinction factor. The presentation was followed by a presentation made by Dr.
The second technical session was opened by Dr Stefan Rydin (Nordeconsult) who gave an overview of the difference and similarities of different types of labels and management systems in the market. The presentation from Dr. Stefan Rydin was an introduction to the presentations of the following session with detailed information on each certificate specific for the tourism industry.
The presentation of Dr. Stefan Rydin was followed by two very interesting presentations from tour operators illustrating the environmental responsibility of the tourist businesses. The first presentation was made by
The second presentation was made by Dr Andreas Koch from TUI Deutschland. TUI is the largest tour operator in the world and environmental quality is an integral part of TUI. TUI monitors, evaluates and supports the improvements of the environmental quality together with the hotel partners. TUI has an environmental rating system based on environmental performance and environmental labelling and certification are actively promoted within the evaluation system. Dr Koch also informed the audience how TUI actively supports top environmental performers by e.g. highlighting environmental champions in TUI brochures.
Several different certificates were then presented in detail during the conference. These presentations were made by Dr
The view of an NGO was presented Mr. Helder Careto from GEOTA, focusing on the complexity of sustainable tourism. Afterwards, several case studies were presented. The case studies were selected to illustrate a wide number of different areas in the tourist activities (hotels, fun parks, camping sites, golf, etc.), representing both different size enterprises and European countries.
The first case study was from
The second case study was the work developed by Infraquinta S. A., presented by Eng. Ana Brito. The company is ownership between the
Dr. Miguel Oliveira from Oceanário de Lisboa made an interesting presentation on their hard work and concerns regarding environmental and social responsibilities, stressing that every individual can make a difference.
The Copenhagen Zoo, represented by Ms. Bydam and Mr. Andersen made an impressive and transparent presentation on all the strategic key points, costs and savings regarding implementation of environmental management.
Another very interesting presentation was made by Mr. Bachmeier on the how to implement a remarkable environmental management system in a hotel in harmony with quality. Detailed information about the achieved savings was presented.
The case study from Planbelas was presented by Dr.
Ms. Célia Ferreira from Sonae Turismo presented the Troiaresort case study addressing the development of a new type of resort in
Funding possibilities of the PRIME-programme in
The last presentation was carried out by Mr. Francesco Ianniello of the European Commission, DG Enterprise – Tourism, highlighting some initiatives of the EC and stressing the importance of the conference on high political European level. As introduction to the conclusions, Mr. Ianniello mentioned the importance of securing an easy language understandable by all stakeholders as one key aspect to stimulate their active participation.