Following on from its success in Mexico, EarthCheck’s signature event, Inner Circle, will bring together regional travel and tourism leaders at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 11th and 12th of September.
Inner Circle is set to challenge tourism industry leaders while sharing practical operational approaches and leading edge science to help address the major environmental, social and economic issues facing the future of travel and tourism.
EarthCheck founder and CEO Stewart Moore said EarthCheck, which has worked with the Asia Pacific tourism industry and leading destinations for more than 30 years, was thrilled to be putting the region’s strong focus on sustainable tourism in the spotlight.
“The EarthCheck Inner Circle Forum has gained a reputation for its ability to open up and identify practical solutions to some of the major environmental and social challenges facing the world’s travel and tourism industry,” Mr Moore said. “Our goal, as always, is to empower industry leaders to take forward the knowledge shared at the event and apply this to their own operations and destinations.”
“As a globally leading provider of comprehensive energy-saving and comfort-control solutions, — for light, shade, and temperature — Lutron is well poised to provide these solutions for all areas in the hospitality segment. We are excited to support leading industry players to further not only their commitments to sustainability, but also their ability to delivery sustainable tourism outcomes,” said Mr Seng Boon Liang, Director of Sales, South East Asia for Lutron Electronics, lead sponsor for the event.
Mr Seng also further noted that “Every Lutron product saves energy by reducing electrical consumption. Taken as a whole, Lutron light controls have reduced electrical usage by 9.2 billion kWh, which reduces our customers’ electric bills by $1 billion annually.”
Dr. Raj Rajan, Vice President of Research, Development & Engineering and Global Sustainability Technical Leader at Ecolab, will provide the headline address on day one of the forum. Dr Rajan helps Fortune 500 companies embed sustainability thought leadership and environmental metrics into their management and operational plans.
Ecolab will be presenting the results of a detailed water analysis of EarthCheck’s Asia Pacific resorts and destinations using the Water Risk Monetizer, a no-cost interactive financial modelling tool which allows operators to understand true natural resource costs.
“Water stewardship remains a rising challenge for the tourism industry” said Dr Rajan. “International tourism arrivals into Asia are forecast to continue growing to more than 300 million in the next 12 months - adding pressure on resources. By collaborating with EarthCheck and their tourism clients, we can provide the water expertise and solutions to help the industry approach their business sustainably and minimise risks.”
Mr Moore said the forum would also address key themes such as risk and resilience, energy and water efficient tourism infrastructure, destination planning and development, expectations for carbon reporting using science based targets, experience development and wellness.
Inner Circle Asia Pacific’s host venue Marina Bay Sands, is the first integrated resort in the world to benchmark and certify its entire portfolio through the EarthCheck Certified program. Marina Bay Sands first joined EarthCheck in 2012. It has since ramped up its sustainability commitments through Sands Eco360°: a global sustainability strategy that crosses all of parent company Las Vegas Sands’ businesses. The programme integrates the company’s best practices, technologies and methodologies in the area of sustainability across all properties.
“Marina Bay Sands is thrilled to be hosting Inner Circle Asia Pacific, an event which is recognised by the industry for its open and frank discussions as well as practical outcomes,” said Mr Kevin Teng, Executive Director of Sustainability for Marina Bay Sands. “Achieving EarthCheck Certification speaks volumes of our commitment towards building a green culture at Marina Bay Sands and influencing our partners and visitors to do the same.”
In another first, delegates will be provided with a curated-guided tour of the Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia where delegates will have the chance to experience an exhibition of dynamic technologies and innovations.
The Marine Stewardship Council’s Program Director, Ms Sheryl Torres-Wu, will also offer insights into the Council’s work with scientists, fisheries, seafood producers and promoting sustainable fishing to safeguard seafood supplies for the future.