The second edition of the Sustainable & Social Tourism Summit will take place from March 14 to 17 in Cancun (Mexico). The main theme of this year’s edition focuses on Sustainable Solutions to the challenges of the 21st century tourism industry.
“The Sustainable & Social Tourism Summit was based on the idea of creating a space where we can discuss the great challenges of tourism with professionals from different fields, while becoming a benchmark for Mexico” says Vicente Ferreyra, organizer of the event and CEO of Sustentur. He adds: “it is the perfect pretext to see us, to connect, to think, to generate alliances and to be able to replicate the things that are being done well in other parts of the country, and the world.”
The first two days will be filled with talks from the professionals, experts and international influencers who will address the five key themes of the event: massification, sustainable value chains, decent employment, inclusion and transformative travel.
Ferreyra adds, “the Summit aims to face the challenges through three key factors: reflecting during conferences and discussion panels, solving through the Sustainable Tourism Expo and experiencing, through field visits to successful projects organized for the last day.” These visits show a different face of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean and include the Rio Secreto Nature Reserve, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve (World Heritage Site), and an area of the Mesoamerican Reef System.
In its previous edition, the Sustainable & Social Tourism Summit had 30 national and international speakers and more than 300 attendees from the 5 continents.The event opens a space to connect and link agents of change in the world. As Marta Lorenzini, CEO of Ayllutures, said “at events like the Cancun Summit, it is when I realize that I am not the only person on the planet committed to the sustainable development of the tourism industry. I see that my speech is also the same speech of others. A speech that is capable of concrete actions that have the power to transform.”
It should be noted that the Sustainable & Social Tourism Summit is a carbon neutral event, in which CO2 emissions will be measured and compensated through Scolel’te. This is a project of the Plan Vivo network taking place in Chiapas that restores ecosystems and improves the livelihoods of rural communities, thanks to voluntary carbon capture programs through reforestation.
For more information visit the Summit website and contact them if you wish to receive a brochure in English.