Conference Programme

3rd Euro - Asian Mountain Resort Conference 

“INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE MOUNTAIN TOURISM DEVELOPMENT"

4 - 7 April 2017, Tbilisi, Georgia

 

Conference Programme:

Tuesday, 4 April

12:00 – 16:00 Cultural Visit: Old Tbilisi Walking Tour
14:00 – 20:00 Registration of participants, Venue: The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi
20:00 – 22:00 Welcome Reception at Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi (on invitation only)

Wednesday, 5 April

Venue: The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi

08:00 – 17:00 Registration of participants
9:30 – 10:00

Opening Ceremony

 
  • Master of Ceremony: tba
  • H.E. Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia
  • H.E. Mr. Giorgi Gakharia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Georgia
  • Mr. Taleb Rifay, Secretary-General, UNWTO
10:00 – 10:15

Congratulatory Addresses 

  • Mr. Heo Eon-Wook, Deputy Mayor of Ulsan Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:30 SESSION 1: Setting the Scene: Sustainable Tourism in Mountain Destinations: Challenges and Long-term Outlook
 

The session will highlight the potential of various sustainable tourism development approaches that opt for a responsible role of any tourism activity and are in line with the local community’s need and which allow them to be involved in the decision-making and investment process. 

Keynote: Mr. Marcello Notarianni, International Hospitality and Sustainable Tourism Expert, Nepal

Moderation: Ms. Cathy O’Dowd, Rock climber, mountaineer & author, South Africa 

Panellists:

  • Mr. George Gotsiridze, Head of GeoGraphic, Georgia
  • Mr. David Lortkipanidze, General Director of the Georgian National Museum
  • Mr. Paul Stephens, Executive Director and Co-founder, The Transcaucasia Trail Association, USA
  • Ms. Sara Manuelli, Programme and Communications Officer, Mountain Partnership Secretariat, FAO

Panel discussion / Q & A

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12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30

SESSION 2: Mountain Resort Planning: An Integrated Planning Approach and Illustration of Good Practices in Developing Mountain Resort

 

The session will provide an insight into the public policies which must include the launch of “integrated planning” for a sustainable and competitive mountain tourism which must be compatible and integrated with the other sectors (activities) and requirements of the region.

Moderation: Ms. Cathy O’Dowd, Rock climber, mountaineer & author, South Africa

Panellists:

  • Mr. Aleksandre Onoprishvili, Head of the Mountain Resorts and Development Company, Georgia
  • Mr. Pascal Roux, CEO, MDP Consulting, France
  • Dr. Fiona Pià, Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Mobility, Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) and Architect Partner at dl-a, designlab-architecture, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Mr. Herrick Fox, Forestry / Land-Use Planning Specialist, US Department of Agriculture, USA

Panel discussion / Q & A

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15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30

SESSION 3: Investment and Incentive Policies: Legislative Framework and Investment Friendly Practices

 

Moderation: Ms. Cathy O’Dowd, Rock climber, mountaineer & author, South Africa

Panellists:

  • Mr. Mamuka Khazaradze, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TBC Bank, Georgia
  • Mr. Michel Durrieu, Head of the Tourism Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France
  • Mr. Matthias Jäggi, CFO, Andermatt Swiss Alps, Switzerland
  • Mrs. Nathalie Saint-Marcel, Deputy Director, Cluster Montagne, France
  • Mr. Mahmoud Hashemi, Director, Iran Mountaineering & Sport Climbing Federation

Panel discussion / Q & A

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20:00 (tbc) Evening Event (on invitation only)

 

Thursday, 6 April

9:00 – 10:30 SESSION 4: Product Diversification and Attracting New Markets: A Strategic Approach to Improve the Positioning of Mountain Destinations
 

Moderation: Ms. Cathy O’Dowd, Rock climber, mountaineer & author, South Africa

Panellists:

  • Mr. George Chogovadze, Head of the Georgian National Tourism Administration
  • Mr. Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, U.A.E
  • Mr. Laurent Vanat, Vanat Consulting, Switzerland 
  • Dr. Wolfgang Arlt, China Outbound Tourism Research Institute, Germany
  • Mr. Josef Zenhäusern, Expert FIS Development Programme, International Ski Federation (FIS), Switzerland

Panel discussion / Q & A

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10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break (Foyer, 2nd floor)
11:00 – 12:30

SESSION 5: New Revolutionary Tools for Mountain Destinations: Innovation and the Digital Media

 

Moderation: Ms. Cathy O’Dowd, Rock climber, mountaineer & author, South Africa

Panellists:

  • Mr. Guram Adamia, Head of IT Department, Mountain Resorts Development Company, Georgia
  • Mr. Konstantin Feustel, Founder, GEIOS Digital Destination Management, Germany
  • Mr. Makoto Miyata, Partnership Development Expert, Tourism Commission of Hakuba Village, Japan
  • Mr. Christopher Hinteregger, Project Manager, Peaksolution/Skiline, Austria
  • Mr. Rafael Olmedo, Chairman of the Innovation Committee on Mountain Security and Permanent Advisor on Research, Development and Innovation Cluster de Montaña, Madrid, Spain

Panel discussion / Q & A

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12:30 – 13:30 Technical Conslusions and Closing Remarks
 

Panellists:

  • Mr. Christopher Hinteregger, UNWTO Consultant, Austria
  • Ms. Esencan Terzibasoglu, Programme Director Destination Management and Quality, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
  • Local authorities
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:30

B2B Networking Event

Friday, 7 April

09:30–17:00

Optional Ski Resort Excursions

 

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