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2015-18 Speaker Series
Travel and Tourism
Boom in tourism has multiple impacts. There are undoubtedly economic benefits at a national level due to the increased revenue available, but tourism requires the use of disproportionate shares of local natural resources, of which water is often the most crucial. Much of this water, when use, is disposed of without adequate treatment in ways that impact irrevocably on the surrounding water resources and their ecosystems. Tourism is vital to the economic well-being and the reduction of poverty in many developing countries.
Since natural resources are a powerful part of the attraction of this industry, our core focus is resource preservation. In many cases though, tourism leaves an undeniable ecological footprint. Countries that depend on tourism are making major efforts to simultaneously maintain their tourism industries and reduce the environmental impact of the industry.
Recreation is a major use of and a major issue in the planning of water resources in all parts of the world. The use of sports fields, beaches, lakes and reservoirs for recreation is an important consideration even in the prosperous countries of Europe and North America. It can add significant economic benefits to these resources, but also has implications on water quality in ecological terms.
The 2015-18 Speaker Series in association with Eco Commerce Exchange (ECE) is now in production. From live events and select local venues, to an on-line presence that enables the worlds of social media and live performance to seamlessly meet, the ECE experience is about collaborative learning, discovering new business opportunities and unique contacts.The ECE is always open and just waiting to be discovered.
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The Speakers have at least one thing in common - they share insight, provoke thought and stimulate conversation about compelling and timely issues, stories and events. By offering entertaining educational opportunities that are unique and unavailable elsewhere, ECE continues to attract expert Speakers from around the world.
The first Speaker Series in 2013 featured a number of highly regarded experts in the field of Eco Commerce. The lecture program has since expanded to include internationally renowned business executives, investors, entrepreneurs, policy makers, philanthropists, scientists, authors, media experts and other luminaries.
The Eco Commerce Exchange (ECE) has become a well-established and highly regarded highlight of the global commerce, and an integral part of the international business community.
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The ECE works closely with organizations around the planet to identify Speakers who have particular appeal for ECE's fast growing international audience of over 2 million business executives, values-based investors and donors, entrepreneurs, and policy leaders.
The Speaker Series also addresses an important role of ECE's global mission - public service in the communities - by dedicating speakers to address education and other societal issues and concerns.
All production expenses for the Speaker Series are covered by sponsorships. NO state funds, research foundation funds, donations or general gifts are used to fund or support the Speakers or programs.
Public Private Partnerships (PPP)
We help business executives, investors, and philanthropists seeking potential partnerships to find projects and engage investors with enterprises, organizations and communities around partner projects by region.
Collaborative Online Learning
The Travel & Tourism speaker series is about bringing best practices to market. ECE brings together individuals and organizations in a way that does not require a large investment of funds and time. By pooling our contacts and resources, we can find new opportunities to bring innovations to market in a quick and efficient manner. Together, we can overcome market penetration challenges and remove barriers accelerating access to markets, funding and government approval process.
The Speaker Series will discuss the following:
Buildings, such as hotels and resorts, typically consume 30–40 percent of all primary energy used. Over 80 percent of the environmentally harmful emissions from buildings are due to energy consumption during the times when the buildings are in use.
Our concept of ‘simplification’ means decreasing the number of components and materials, simplifying the design of necessary components and using the same component or system for different functions and optimizing the whole building, not the sub-units. Not only does simplification lead to investment savings but it also provides a more reliable system.
We will utilize our unique portfolio of technologies in our ‘Low Energy Building’ projects. These technologies include geothermal equipment and heating/cooling air pumps for the ground source and drilling installation applications; Intelligent energy storage battery system developed for PV solar and wind power installations into national or regional electric distribution grids; networked power management; solar panels and thin films; solar heat collectors; electric car stations and battery swappings; vehicle to grid battery storage; onsite energy generation and storage; building information management; building automation systems; real-time demand management.
Our projects will result in environmentally friendly and cost-effective hotel or resort, a building that can reduce energy consumption, and also lead to improved indoor climate and air quality. Not only does simplification lead to investment savings but it also provides a more reliable system. Other principles include controlled ventilation and efficient heat recovery, improved thermal insulation and using structures as heat storage units.
Based on our diverse competence in economically efficient and environmentally friendly construction, together we enable the construction. We aim to combine several technologies for entire new and advanced solutions in terms of sustainable hotel and resort development.
Low Energy Hotel and Resort concept and features include:
- Distributed energy production based on renewable sources solar, wind and biomass;
- Low-energy buildings, consumption less than 50% of that of conventional buildings;
- Waste recycling, minimizing waste amount and effective collection system;
- Water recycling, as closed as possible;
- Electric vehicle charging and battery swapping, and biofuel station.
Resource Efficiency include:
- Sustainable Material Management
- Use of new products and services that make better use of natural resources
- New business models to shift towards a dematerialization
- Use finite and renewable resources efficiently and responsibly
- Recycling strategically important materials and develop alternatives to the consumption of scarce resources or materials which cause high environmental impacts during extraction, use and disposal.
Energy Efficiency include:
- Planning, Conservation, Monitoring
- Alternate Energy
- Sustainable Energy
Waste Management include:
- Organics Diversion
- Food & Goods Redistribution
Water Conservation include:
- Tap aerators
- Low flow showerheads
- Low flush toilets
- Wastewater recycling
We are committed to:
- Environmental stewardship
- Deliver unique destination experiences emphasis on adventures and learning
- Boost International collaboration to build brand identity and customer loyalty
- Create new niche opportunities - point of differentiation
- Increase PR and Marketing value
- Demonstrate corporate responsibility
- Improve resource and energy efficiency to maximize savings
- Create shared value
- Address location specific issues, challenges and opportunities
Ecotourism is responsible travel to fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas that strive to be low impact and (often) small scale (as an alternative to mass tourism). Its purpose is to educate the traveler; provide funds for ecological conservation; directly benefit the economic development and political empowerment of local communities; and foster respect for different cultures and for human rights. Since the 1980s ecotourism has been considered a critical endeavor by environmentalists, so that future generations may experience destinations relatively untouched by human intervention. Several university programs use this description as the working definition of ecotourism.
Generally, ecotourism focuses on volunteering, or voluntourism, personal growth and environmental responsibility. Ecotourism typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. One of the goals of ecotourism is to offer tourists insight into the impact of human beings on the environment, and to foster a greater appreciation of our natural habitats.
Responsible ecotourism includes programs that minimize the negative aspects of conventional tourism on the environment and enhance the cultural integrity of local people. Therefore, in addition to evaluating environmental and cultural factors, an integral part of ecotourism is the promotion of recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation, and creation of economic opportunities for local communities. For these reasons, ecotourism often appeals to environmental and social responsibility advocates.
Ecotourism is one of the largest and fastest growing sectors of the tourism industry today. Though there is no set definition, ecotourism is generally seen as responsible tourism that minimizes harmful effects on the environment, and contributes to the conservation and economy of the local community. More specifically, it involves travel to natural destinations, minimizes any affect on both the environment and local community, builds environmental awareness, provides direct benefits for conservation, provides financial benefits and empowerment for local people, and respects the local culture.
Ecotourism should not be confused with nature-based tourism. Nature-based tourism uses natural destinations to draw tourist and as a platform to entertain them. This often includes activities like kayaking and canoeing, mountain biking, fishing or even camping. This type of tourism may not contain the educational elements of ecotourism, and more importantly it may lack the conservational efforts and minimized environmental impacts.
Ecotourism has grown so large that it can be further segmented into four subcategories: 1. hard ecotourism 2. general or soft ecotourism 3. adventure ecotourism and 4. educational ecotourism. Hard ecotourism is intense sometimes strenuous ecotourism that may involve non-hotel accommodations. Soft ecotourism is the most common form, where tourists hope to observe nature and culture closely, but casually. This more specific type of travel has raised the cost of transportation and accommodations, but it is an increase that ecotourists are willing to pay. Adventure ecotourism more high risk activities and is closely associated with nature based tourism. Educational ecotourism is usually organized by educational or other institutional organizations and involves lectures and research presentations.
Agritourism is the practice of attracting visitors and travelers to agricultural areas, generally for educational and recreational purposes. Due to economic hardships and changes in the farming and livestock industries across the globe, many farmers, especially those with small, family-owned farms, have found they must supplement their agricultural business model and explore new ways of generating income.
Likewise, as the distance between the production and consumption of agricultural products grows, so too does consumer interest in how crops and livestock are raised. People want to reconnect with the agricultural practices of the past.
These two needs come together in agritourism which helps rebuild a relationship between producer and consumer that has all but vanished with the rise of heavily-industrialized farming methods.
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