Program

October 16. Day 1

8:00 am – 4:00pm — Arrivals and registration

3:00 pm – 6:00pm Parallel break-out sessions

 

The Conference offers an opportunity to organize meetings and hold open discussions with other professionals and stakeholders. Conference organizers invite the participants to make use of media attention to present new projects, announce the conclusion of agreements and inform of successes.

 

On the day before the official launch of the Conference’s main program, one of the break-out sessions will be dedicated to a discussion about the sustainable development of the Sochi mountain tourism cluster, and to the planning and implementation of outdoor recreational and environmental activities.

 

 

6:00pm – 9:00pm – Welcome cocktail for conference attendees, informal evening program

 

 

October 17. Day 2

8:00 am – 10:00 am – Arrivals and registration

10:00am – 10:30am – Keynote speakers address

 

“Journey continues”

 

The industry of ecotourism is undergoing rapid expansion, with the share of “green” travel reaching 25%.  With the launch in Russia of the legislative reform on the recreational use of nature, sustainable tourism has become a topic of wide-ranging public discussion. The keynote speaker will open a new round of these conversations with an inspirational speech detailing progress achieved over the past year.

 

 

10:30am – 12:00pm – Plenary opening session

 

“Our common path”

 

Russia has been developing a domestic tourism market, extending a warm welcome to tourists from abroad. The incredible diversity of natural landscapes and cultures of the world’s largest country, as well as the legendary hospitality of the Russian people, make a lasting impression on all visitors. The tourism industry has been growing both within Russia and worldwide, and those making the first steps towards the sustainable development of outdoor recreation and tourism are learning from the experiences of trailblazers.

 

 

12:00pm – 13:00pm – Free time

 

1:30pm – 3:00pm – Parallel break-out discussion sessions

 

Break-out Session 1

 

“Legislative regulatory framework and government stewardship”

 

Sustainable development of the tourism industry can only take place in a regulation-bound environment.  Compliance with regulations requires firm enforcement. Regulations are necessary not only to set limits and prohibitions, but also to ensure transparency,  orderliness and integrity in the relationships between people who work together in order  to reach new frontiers in ecotourism, both in Russia and abroad.

 

 

Break-out Session 2

 

“Economics or Politics?”

 

It is people who propose new destinations to tourists,  provide services and welcome guests. Tourism entrepreneurs bear risks, they are the ones responsible for the impressions tourists receive, and they protect tourists from the multitude of factors that may dampen their pleasure on a trip. Everyone working in tourism loves their job, but they often face difficult challenges while trying to bring joy and wonder to travelers.

 

 

3:00pm – 3:30pm – Coffee break

 

3:30pm – 6:30pm – Parallel break-out workshops

 

Workshops, under the guidance of experienced and knowledgeable mentors, help to delve deeper into thematic areas. Expert sessions will be organized around Russia’s geographic make up. Russian experts will share the podium with foreign specialists, who work in similar geographic conditions.

 

Break-out workshop 1 – The Arctic

 

Break-out workshop 2 – Russian North

 

Break-out workshop 3 – Temperate zone

 

Break-out workshop 4 – the South

 

Break-out workshop 5 – the East

 

7:00pm – Free time

 

October 18. Day 3

 

 

8:00am – 9:00am – Tour groups gather before departure

 

9:00am – 3:00pm – Educational tours

 

3:30pm – 4:30pm – Parallel break-out discussion sessions

 

Break-out discussion session 3

 

“Many blank spots still remain on the world map”

 

Ecotourism is far from being an escape from the voracious concrete jungle to the fragile kingdom of wild nature. Children’s health and happiness, preservation of natural heritage, pride for winning athletic competitions, heroic actions by volunteers, the thrill of encountering wild animals not afraid of people, the trip of a lifetime,  the source of the force seeking to do good. Representatives of different professions coming from different countries will address various aspects of their common cause, including the most challenging ones.

 

 

Break-out discussion session 4

 

“Changing world for the better”

 

Tourism stimulates growth in a large number of industries, erasing boundaries and uniting people. Tourism accelerates local development; it can reinvigorate areas, where, it seemed, development has ground to a halt. This can only take place under careful guidance; left to its own devices tourism can become a source of threats and problems. The participants of the session will debate the narrow path between these two possibilities.

 

5:00pm – 6:00pm Concluding plenary session

 

“Walk the Talk”

 

 People need to communicate directly. Professionals, on whose cooperation hinges the success of the common cause, even more so. Once an agreement is reached, parties can execute with full reliance on their partners. After a meeting we leave each other inspired to continue our work in the full knowledge that like-minded individuals are braving the difficult journey at our side.

 

 

6:00pm – 6:30pm – Keynote address

 

“A place to step forward”

 

In conclusion, the keynote speaker will summarize the discussions and  designate key milestones on the path to sustainable development of ecotourism in Russia and the world.

 

7:00pm – 9:30pm Farewell cocktail and market place for participants

 

Conference participants have a unique opportunity to showcase their original products that reflect the uniqueness of the nature of their regions and tourism experiences offered to travelers. Souvenirs, traditional crafts, artisanal products, and information will be shared among conference participants coming from all over Russia and abroad. The organizers will provide comfortable conditions and space for the participants to showcase and present their offers.

 

October 19. Day 4

Departures or another day of rest at Rosa Khutor Resort.