International Centre for Responsible Tourism Backs World Green Tourism, Abu Dhabi Post-Grad Training and Research Center Gives First-of-its-Kind Confex Seal of Approval

The International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT), the post-graduate training and research body of the UK’s Leeds Metropolitan University, has thrown its substantial weight behind World Green Tourism Abu Dhabi, the first-of-its-kind regional confex being held in the UAE capital this December.

ICRT has signed on as an official supporter of the event, being organized by the UAE’s Streamline Marketing Group (SMG).

This is a significant vote of confidence in this international confex which aims to promote sustainable tourism development by influencing the integration of eco-tourism principles into the operations and policies of tourism industry players, a theme which is daily gathering momentum within the Middle East, explained Rick Theobald of SMG.

This agreement will now see the event actively marketed to the center’s extensive global database of companies and individuals who are solidly engaged in sustainable tourism.

ICRT’s Director of Research & International Partnerships, Professor Harold Goodwin is to be a lead speaker at the conference.

Professor Goodwin will share his extensive knowledge of working on four continents with local communities, their governments and the inbound and outbound tourism industry. His research on tourism, local economic development and poverty reduction, conservation and responsible tourism will provide invaluable insights into how tourism can also play a role in the conservation and promotion of local traditions, environments and job creation.

World Green Tourism Abu Dhabi will be held at the state-of-the-art Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC) from December 6-8 and has Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) as its headline sponsor. It is the first meetings industry initiative to emerge from the authority’s Advantage Abu Dhabi (AAD) three-year international incentive program aimed at catalyzing and seeding new business tourism and meetings concepts.

ICRT’s backing and Professor Goodwin’s involvement will greatly assist our industry stakeholders who are now keenly putting sustainability concerns to the fore, said Ahmed Hussein, Deputy Director General, ADTA. We are looking to this confex to spur on the “green” debate, explore regional challenges and identify solutions.

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