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The art of engaging and sustaining authentic indigenous experiences : Indigenous Tourism and Sustainability


March 4, 2020

14:00 - 15:00

Palais am Funkturm, ITB Convention Awards

  • What are the challenges and solutions of indigenous tourism in a context of climate change?
  • How international certificates supports the connection between indigenous locals and international tourism with environmental protection?
  • Definition and reality of Indigenous Tourism on different continents
  • Can the travel industry support biodiversity protection, ecosystem regeneration on Earth thanks to indigenous wisdom?
  • Why Indigenous rights are connected to our planet´s protection?

A panel of indigenous experts in tourism will discuss the worldwide reality of indigenous tourism and explore sustainable systems empowering indigenous peoples and finding solutions in a context of climate and biodiversity crisis. The UNWTO Recommendations on Sustainable Development of Indigenous Tourism will serve as a guideline. 

Welcoming Cultural Performance:
Odissi – Indian classical dance by Swati Prasad


Rika Jean-Francois, CSR Commissioner, ITB Berlin

Gopinath Parayil, Founder & President, The Blue Yonder

Keynote Speaker:

Ben Sherman, Chairman, World Indigenous Tourism Alliance WINTA

Moderated by:

Aurélie Debusschère, Europe Agent World Indigenous Tourism Alliance, World Indigenous Tourism Alliance, Native Immersion

Panel guests:

Rolando German Collaguazo Proañ, Representative of Yunguilla community in Ecuador, Yungilla community

Asel Ismailova, Director, Kyrgyz Guided Tours LLC

Judy Kepher Gona, Executive Director of Sustainable Travel & Tourism Agenda, STTA Kenya

Jerry Spooner, Director of Department of Tourism, Vanuatu Tourism