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Sustainability Essential Part of Total Destination Development

questex-dsc1220Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR) – July 23, 2013 – Tourists are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious. Based on a TripAdvisor survey, 57% US travelers often make eco-friendly decisions and 71% said they would make more eco-friendly choices in the year that follows. 30% of travelers would choose a destination for a trip because it is considered eco-friendly. What implications do these trends have on tourism destinations in Asia?

Asia has long been notorious for favouring developments over environmental protection. This is particularly obvious in developed coastal destinations in South East Asia, a few of which including Pattaya and Bali, are working desperately to clean up and restore their natural beauty. Upcoming destinations should learn from the lessons of the pioneers and integrate sustainable development in their development plans early on.

In recent years, Asia has seen the openings of new eco-friendly hotels, such as the Rosedale Kowloon Hotel in Hong Kong and the ITC Grand Chola in Chennai, capitalizing on the global trend of eco-friendly tourism. Despite this, creating sustainable destinations takes more than individual efforts.

Aim to unleash investment potential through better policy framework, public-private partnerships and innovative business models that generate higher return, the Asia Pacific Tourism Destination Investment Conference (APTDI) 2013 will discuss sustainability and future of tourism developments. The conference will be a one-stop platform for all stakeholders to meet and exchange information and seek projects and partnerships. Attendees will include tourism/development/urban planning authorities, private-sector investors, developers, airlines, cruise terminals/operators, attraction/concept owners, design/architect/construction master planners, lawyers and financial/valuation/specialized consultants. To be held 21-23 October in Singapore, more than 500 top-level executives will gather at APTDI to address investment and development challenges at the destination level.

Featured sessions focusing on sustainability include…

Keynote Presentation: Diversity and Sustainability for Future Tourism Development
Dr. Michael Frenzel, Chairman, TUI Deutschland GmbH & Chairman, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

Panel Discussion: Infrastructure and Business Models for Sustainable Development of Destination Resorts

Eric Levy, Managing Director, Tourism Solutions International

Frederic Flageat-Simon, CEO, Alila Hotels and Resorts
Amber Marie Beard, VP Sustainability, Six Senses Hotels, Resorts & Spas
Rick Mayo-Smith, President, Indochina Fund Management

International Tourism Partnership members are entitled to 15% discount on regular delegate rate by quoting the discount code: TDIATP. For full conference program, speaker list and registration, please visit the event website at .

APTDI is a partner event of TravelRave, a week of travel-related business events supported by Singapore Tourism Board that brings in more than 10,000 000 travel leaders and professionals from across the globe.

About Questex Hospitality + Travel
Questex Hospitality + Travel, the largest multimedia organization in the world dedicated to travel and lodging, drives revenue, productivity and value-creation for these related industries through strategic investment and deal-making forums, powerful lead-generation tools, interactive online business solutions, world-class events and industry-leading publications.

The Questex Travel Group, a division of Questex Hospitality + Travel, serves travel marketers globally through its, and TravelAgentUniversity online portals. It operates the leading luxury travel booking site,, publishes Travel Agent and Luxury Travel Advisor magazines and produces leisure events: Luxury Travel Exchange International, ULTRA Luxury Exchange, Young Leaders Conference and Hawaii Travel Exchange and MICE events: Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges and CONFEC conferences.

Questex Hospitality + Travel also provides business development, marketing and training services to national tourism organizations, destination marketing associations, hotel, gaming, resort and cruise companies, online travel agencies and travel advisors worldwide. Questex Hospitality + Travel is a division of Questex Media Group LLC, headquartered in Newton, Mass., with offices throughout the world.

About Asia Pacific Tourism Destination Investment Conference (APTDI)
This conference will explore and discuss the best practices in master planning for upcoming tourism destinations. Up to 10 investment-ready major development projects will be featured as the conference explores how better policy framework, public-private partnerships and innovative business models can unleash investment potential in Asia.

Who Should Attend
Anyone involved in developing tourism destinations, from both the public and private sectors—tourism and urban planning authorities, tourism establishment investors or developers, master planners in design, architecture or construction, and also financiers and specialist consultants.

Why You Should Attend
This conference is a premium opportunity to network and gain valuable insights. Owners and investors make up 40% of the 500 decision makers from the public and private sector who will be holistically examining policy incentives, strategies and partnerships for upcoming tourism destinations.

About TravelRave
TravelRave, Asia’s most influential travel trade festival, will be back from 21 to 25 October 2013 with an exciting line up of eight quality events featuring thought-provoking content, influential speakers and the chance to network with some of the leading names in the travel and tourism industry. Set in a region primed for growth, last year’s events gathered more than 10,700 attendees from across the globe. Leveraging Asia’s growing potential, TravelRave 2013 provides a dynamic platform for business leaders and industry professionals to convene, share knowledge and insights, network and discover new business opportunities and celebrate Asian tourism at its best.

For further information, please contact:
Charis Jiang
Event Director, Asia
Questex Hospitality
Tel: +852 2589 1369