• 17 October 2018, Wednesday
  • Sochi, Rosa Khutor

Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenge and Discovery of Russia

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Орг Комитет
498 days ago
 8:00 17 October till 8:00 20 October 2018
Sochi
Rosa Khutor

The Rosa Khutor mountain resort in Sochi will host an international conference. Well-known experts, political and business leaders from many countries will gather for a comprehensive discussion of challenges and opportunities related to the development of sustainable tourism.

Conference organizers include: Slava Foundation of Vyacheslav Fetisov, the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Arctic and the Antarctic, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia, the Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism), Sports Tourism Federation of Russia, Vedomosti Publishing House and the Interros Group.

Outdoor recreational activities (sustainable tourism) are a key component of travelers’ experience with tourism. Every year demand for these kinds of activities goes up by dozens of percent globally, and in many countries sustainable tourism has now become mainstream.

In Russia, an organized quality sustainable tourism market is only taking its first baby steps, striving to foster favorable conditions for market development and rebuilding the tradition of active mass tourism. The industry of outdoor activities faces many challenges that impact a number of other sectors: regulation; services for tourists; environmental protection; infrastructure development; equipment and technologies; professional training; education and skill-building for the young.

In October, Rosa Khutor will host world’s leading experts in sustainable tourism development who will look at the opportunities in Russia, where market potential has thus far been largely untapped.

In an open discussion, conference participants will define sustainable tourism development goals in Russia and worldwide, will look for solutions to the challenges, and will discuss how to work together in order to move forward.

 

PROGRAM

10.17.2018 — Day 1

8:00 am — 6:00 pm — Arrival and registration
 

6:00 pm — 9:00 pm — Welcome cocktail for conference participants, informal evening program

(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor, Black&Gril bar)
 


10.18.2018 – Day 2

08.00 am — 10.00 am — Arrival and registration
 

10.00 am — 10.30 am — Keynote speeches. «A New Age of Discoveries»
(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor, hall Moscow)

Ecotourism is a new, rapidly-developing industry worldwide. In Russia, ecotourism development goals have been laid out at the highest state level. Ecotourism development holds great promise, presents exciting opportunities and requires a special approach that takes into account the fragility of our natural world, which is a key component of travelers’ expectations and experience.

 Speakers:

Vyacheslav Fetisov, State Duma Special Envoy for Interparliamentary and International Public Organizations on the Development of Athletics.

Sergey Mironov, President, Federation of Sport Tourism of Russia, Deputy of the State Duma

Oleg Safonov, Head, Federal Agency for Tourism
 

10.30 am — 12:00 pm — Plenary session. «Challenges and Opportunities» 

(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor, hall Moscow)

Sustainable development is the result of concerted efforts by people who find ways to cooperate in today’s fast-paced, complex environment, and who strive to make the world a better place for generations to come. Ecotourism sets a new standard for the industry’s development and raises the bar for everyone involved, from the business community, to the government, environmental agencies and grass-roots movements.  Change for the better will not happen on its own accord, and it will not take place without careful planning and diligent efforts founded on mutual respect, partnership and dedicated leadership.

Speakers:

Mahir Aliyev, Coordinator, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

Sergey Bachin, Director General, Rosa Khutor Resort

Boris Menshchikov, Acting Director, Sochi National Park

Carol Ritchie, Executive Director, Europarc Federation

Enric Sala, Founder and Lead Researcher, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas

Sergey Shevelev, Director, Caucasus State Nature Reserve

Matvey ShparoRussian polar explorer and public figure

Alexey Titovsky, Director of the Department of state policy and regulation in the field of development of specially protected natural areas and the Baikal natural territory, Ministry of natural resources of Russia
 

12.00 pm — 1:00 pm — Coffee Break


1:00 pm — 2:45 pm — Parallel Break-out sessions

1:00 pm — 2:45 pm — Parallel Break-out session. «Traveler on a Trail»  
(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor, hall Moscow-1)

How do we assess the prospects of ecotourism in Russia on the domestic market and internationally? Itineraries are a key component of any tourist product, and should be the focus for all stakeholders. We will focus on international experience, look at examples of outstanding achievements, and consider new challenges and their solutions.

Speakers:

Elena Chubakova, Head, The Great Baikal Trail Association

Paul F. J. Eagles, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo (Canada)

Marina Gritsun, Chairman, Council of the Union of Organizers of Chindren’s Active Tourism

Svetlana Rubashkina, Head, Norilsk Development Agency

Olivier Robinet, Deputy Director for international affairs, Ministry of Ecology of France

Álvaro Fernández Salmerón, Technical Director, Sierra Nevada Mountain Resort (Spain)

Vasily Sutula, Director, Baikal Nature Reserve

Alexander Zheleznyak, Travel Expert, All-Russia National Front

 

1:00 pm — 2:45 pm — Parallel Break-out session. «In the Natural Realm» 

(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor, hall Moscow-2)

How can we integrate tourist products in pristine natural environments, including specially protected areas? How can tourism be used as a driver for environmental programs? How do we make pristine natural sites a part of product offerings to tourists? How can we build infrastructure, provide services and ensure profitability while keeping nature our number one priority?

Speakers:

Dmitry Gorshkov, Program Officer for Biodiversity Conservation, WWF

Alexander Kirilov, Director, Russian Arctic National Park

Viktor Matasov, Director, FSBI Taymyr Nature Reserve

Maria Ximena Patino Ocampo, President of the Saving the Amazon (Columbia)

Jordi Palau, Director, Boumont & Cadí  National Game Reserves (Spain)

Peter Prokosch, Founder, Linking Tourism & Conservation (Norway)

Deli Saavedra, Regional Manager,  Rewilding Europe Foundation (Spain)

Clara Ines Santacruz Restrepo, Expert, Saving the Amazon (Columbia)
 

2:45 pm — 3:30 pm — Coffee break
 

3:30 pm — 6:30 pm — Parallel workshops
Please choose your workshop carefully, as it may be difficult to change your selection at the venue due to limited seating.
 

3:30 pm — 6:30 pm — Workshop 1. «European Charter for Sustainable Tourism and Best Practices for Sustainable Development of Protected Areas in Russia» 

(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor)

Europarc Federation is the largest association of specially protected areas in Europe, including national parks. Over its many years in operation, the Federation has developed toolkits (standards, methods, certificates, guidelines) to address the often divergent interests of parks and businesses seeking to operate within their boundaries.

Speakers:

Paolo Castro, Vice President,  Europarc Federation (Portugal)

Natalia Danilina, Director, Zapovedniki Environmental Education Center

Grant Moir, Chief Executive, Cairngorms National Park Authority (Scotland)

Álvaro Fernández Salmerón, Technical Director, Sierra Nevada Mountain Resort (Spain)

Alexandra Yakovleva, Deputy Director for Development, Kenozersky National Park

Lyudmila Zhdanova, Deputy Director, Ugra National Park
 

3:30 pm — 6:30 pm — Workshop 2. «Green Hotel for Green Tourism»

(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor)

Environmental protection is not limited to biodiversity alone. It also involves reducing your environmental footprint, for example through the use of innovative and resource-conscious solutions. Representatives from the Russian Green Building Council (GBCRussia) will discuss green building standards and turn-key technological solutions for tourism.

Speakers:

Lev Averbukh, Deputy Head, Roszapovescenter of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation

Ekaterina Bolotova, Director, Estetika Prostranstva landscape architecture bureau

Ilya Likhov, CEO and Founder, NeosunEnergy

Alexandr Stroykov, Head of the Board, GBCRussia
 

3:30 pm — 6:30 pm — Workshop 3.  «Taking Care of the Next Generation» 
(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor)
 
Active tourism for children, summer adventure camps and research expeditions for children build a foundation for the sustainable development of outdoor tourism. It brings young travelers into nature’s fold, teaching them leadership skills and cooperation, and helping children to grow into strong, successful and responsible adults. This workshop will raise the topics of hiking trips and camps for children, as well as look at foreign practices in organizing outdoor tours for children.

Speakers:

Marina Gritsun, Chairman, Council of the Union of Organizers of Chindren’s Active Tourism

Vladimir Omelchenko, Deputy Director, Federal Centre of Children’s Tourism and Regional Studies

Carol Ritchie, Executive Director, Europarc Federation

Elena Shatkovskaya, Director, Kenozersky National Park

Matvey Shparo, Russian polar explorer and public figure


3:30 pm — 6:30 pm — Workshop 4. «The French and Russian models of Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development of Tourism» 

(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor)

France and Russia are countries with a rich culture, strong traditions and strong- willed people who have repeatedly found the opportunity to learn from each other in the historical perspective. According to various estimates, the share of the tourism industry in France’s GDP ranges from 7% to 10%, while in Russia it does not exceed 2%. The ratio of indicators for natural tourism in our countries is even less favorable towards Russia. French and Russian experts will compare the principles and practices of cooperation between the authorities and business in the domain of development of nature tourism in both countries.

Speakers:

Jerome CavigliaCEO, Atemia (France)

Oksana Chkhebelia, Director, Lodge Hotel «Baikal Residence»

Cyril LailyDirector, Gand Chambéry Alpes Tourisme (France)

Inna Pehova, Chairman, Sectoral commission for hotel industry and tourism of the Russian Managers Association 

Olivier Robinet, Deputy Director for international affairs, Ministry of Ecology of France
 

3:30 pm — 6:30 pm — Workshop 5. «The Impact of Recreational Activities»

(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor)

All human activities impact the environment, and tourism is no exception. How do we measure the environmental impact of tourism, what risks should we consider, and how do we manage those risks?

Tourism development projects should be combined with initiatives that have a positive impact on the environment. How should such initiatives be put in place and integrated in projects, and how should we assess their impact?

Speakers:

Paul F. J. Eagles, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo (Canada)

Dmitry Gorshkov, Program Officer for Biodiversity Conservation, WWF

Maria Ximena Patino Ocampo, President, Saving the Amazon (Columbia)

Jordi Palau, Director, Boumont & Cadí  National Game Reserves (Spain) 

Deli Saavedra, Regional Manager, Rewilding Europe Foundation (Spain)

Vyacheslav Shcherbakov,  Director, Stolby State Nature Reserve 

Clara Ines Santacruz Restrepo, Expert, Saving the Amazon (Columbia)

 

3:30 pm — 6:30 pm — Workshop 6. «Tourist Expectations, Experiences and Risks in the Wilderness»

(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor)

Some like to go on nature adventure trips alone, while others invite their friends and family. Still others, real trail-blazers, lead fellow adventurers down their secret paths. Why do people seek to to distance themselves from civilization? What do they find in the wilderness? Are they ready to face the dangers waiting for them where there are no roads, houses and means of communication? This workshop is a master-class by tour operators who successfully organize trips to the most remote and hard to reach sites of natural beauty.

Speakers:

Anna Khvostova, Director, Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Club

Vadim Mamontov, Founder and CEO, RussiaDiscovery

Olga Pegova, Deputy Director, Caucasus State Nature Reserve

Nikolay Polyakov, Member of Board, Russian Mountain Guides Association

Peter Prokosch, Founder, Linking Tourism & Conservation (Norway)

Sergey Shirokiy, Regional Vice-Chair, North Eurasia IUCN WCPA 

Vasily Sutula, Director, Baikal Nature Reserve

3:30 pm — 6:30 pm — Workshop 7. «Tell Your Journey Story»

(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor)

Today’s world can fit in the palm of your hand: it’s enough to just tap the screen of your smartphone. But still, personal examples, a good piece of advice and a useful hint are just as important in today’s whirlwind of digital data as they always have been. Let’s talk about how to promote ecotourism using modern communication tools.

Speakers:

Elena Chubakova, Head, The Great Baikal Trail Association

Enric Sala, Founder and Lead Researcher, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas

Kamal Salmanov, blogger/guide, entrepreneur, Family Fruits and Tours family-run business

Denis Terebikhin, blogger/guide, co-founder of the Husky-Tyal Community

Svetlana Yushkova, expert of the Department of ecological education, Stolby State Nature Reserve

7.00 pm — 10.00 pm — Gala dinner

(Rosa Plateau, Berloga restaurant. Take the Olympia gondola lift to 1,100 m)
 


10.19.2018 — Day 3

08:00 am — 09:00 am — Groups gather for field trips

 

09:00 am — 3:00 pm — Field trips

 

3:30 pm — 5.15 pm — parallel Break-out sessions

3:30 pm — 5.15 pm — Break-out session. «Sustainable tourism: New Imperative or New Opportunity?»

(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor, hall Moscow-1)

Environmentalists and tourism industry representatives often find themselves on opposing sides. However, when it comes to ecotourism, their positions often align and reinforce one another. We’ll discuss issues causing the most heated debates and examine the best examples of fruitful collaboration among stakeholders from all over the world.

Speakers:

Paul F. J. Eagles, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo (Canada)

Alexander Kirilov, Director,  Russian Arctic National Park

Vadim Mamontov, Founder and CEO, RussiaDiscovery

Viktor Matasov, Director,  Taimyr Nature Reserves

Alexander PestryakovChairman, Norilsk city council

Vyacheslav Shcherbakov,  Director, Stolby State Nature Reserve 

Vladimir Zakharov, President, Center for Environmental Policy of Russia

Alexander Zheleznyak, Travel Expert, All-Russia National Front


3:30 pm — 5.15 pm — Break-out session. «The Road Travelled and New Horizons»

(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor, hall Moscow-2)

European experience and the Russian way. This discussion will focus on the differences, advantages and disadvantages of the European and Russian systems of sustainable management and development of protected areas, and how they foster conditions for tourism development within their borders.

Speakers:

Lev Averbukh, Deputy Head, Roszapovescenter of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation

Rafiliya Bakirova, Director, Orenburg Natural Reserves

Natalia Danilina, Director, Zapovedinki Ecocenter

Vladimir Kuznetsov, Director, National Park «Bashkiriya»

Grant Moir, Chief Executive, Cairngorms National Park Authority (Scotland)

Peter Prokosch, Founder, Linking Tourism & Conservation (Norway)

Carol Ritchie, Executive Director, Europarc Federation

Elena Shatkovskaya, Director, Kenozersky National Park

Lyudmila Zhdanova, Deputy Director, Ugra National Park


5:15 pm — 5:40 pm — Coffee Break

5:40 pm — 6:00 pm —Special presentation. «Coming Back Home»

(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor, hall Moscow)

Synthesis of key theses formulated in the course of the discussion that took place at all the Conference’s venues.

Paolo Castro, Vice President, Europarc Federation (Portugal)


6:00 pm — 7:30 pm— Closing plenary session. «The Global Challenge and Discovering Russia»

(Hotel Radisson Rosa Khutor, hall Moscow)

Drafting the conference resolution to define key areas for the application of the collective efforts of all stakeholders interested in developing ecotourism.

Speakers:

Mahir Aliyev, Coordinator, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

Vyacheslav Fetisov, State Duma Special Envoy for Interparliamentary and International Public Organizations on the Development of Athletics

Vadim Mamontov, Founder and CEO, RussiaDiscovery

Alexey Titovsky, Director of the Department of state policy and regulation in the field of development of specially protected natural areas and the Baikal natural territory, Ministry of natural resources of Russia

Carol Ritchie, Executive Director, Europarc Federation

Sergey Shirokiy, Regional Vice-Chair, North Eurasia IUCN WCPA 

Vladimir Zakharov, President, Center for Environmental Policy of Russia

 

8:00 pm — 10:30 pm— Farewell cocktails (Radisson Rosa Khutor Hotel)

 


10.20.2018 – Day 4

08:00 am — Departures or an additional individual day to relax at Rosa Khutor

 

FIELDTRIPS

Please choose your fieldtrip carefully, as changing fieldtrip registration at the venue may be difficult due to the limited number of participants at each event. 

 

PARK OF WATERFALLS MENDELIKHA

Difficulty: medium

Length: 2,5 km

Time required: 4-5 hours

Waterfall Nature Park is located on the South slope of the Aibga ridge in the Mendeliha river bed, 1,472 meters above sea level. Arriving at the trailhead via a cable car, we will hike along a picturesque mountain trail surrounded by the thunder of the waterfalls. The sight of seven waterfalls, with the highest vertical drop of 77 meters, will leave everyone in awe. Our tour guide will tell the story of the Mendel family, in honor of whom the area received its name, and will share information about local flora and fauna.

Equipment: windbreaker jacket or a rain-gear in case of rain, comfortable clothes covering arms and legs, trekking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

Please note: the itinerary goes through a border region, please bring your passport or other ID with you! You won’t be able to access the Waterfall Nature Park without your ID.

 


HEALTH TRAIL AT THE ROSA KHUTOR RESORT

Difficulty: medium

Length: 3 km

Time required: 2,5 hours

The walk goes through the tree-covered part of the Psehako Ridge, where hikers can admire the magnificent mountain forest of giant trees, moss and vines. The trail includes three circles of different length and difficulty, climbing from 580 to 732 meters above sea level. The itinerary includes 919 stairwell steps, crosses 13 mountain springs and two waterfalls. Hikers will attend a hands-on educational workshop, where resort guests can learn about the unique nature of the Caucasus on the Black Sea side, and the guide will share the history of the region, as well as provide information about local plants and animals.

Equipment: windbreaker jacket or a rain-gear in case of rain, comfortable clothes covering arms and legs, hiking shoes, drinking water and a hat.



OUTDOOR ENCLOSURE ANIMAL PARK AND CAUCASUS RESERVE VISITORS’ CENTER

Difficulty: easy

Length: 9 km with car transfer

Time required: 3 hours

The Visitors‘ Center at the Caucasus Nature Reserve, which constitutes a large part of the Western Caucasus World Heritage Site, will uncover the secrets of the region’s unique natural environment. The outdoor enclosure animal park is home to more than 25 rare animal species: wild hog, fox, raccoon dog, bison, wolf, roe deer, sika deer and other animals endemic to the Caucasus.

Equipment: windbreaker jacket or a rain-gear in case of rain, comfortable clothes covering arms and legs, hiking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.



YURIEV KHUTOR HIGHT-ALTITUDE VALLEY

Difficulty: medium

Length8 km

Time required: 4-6 hours

The Yuriev Khutor trek’s destination is an eponymous high-altitude valley, an isolated landmark surrounded by the majestic cliffs of the Kamenniy Stolb mountain outcrops.

Once they reach their destination, hikers will find themselves enveloped by a unique atmosphere of calm and serenity away from the hustle and bustle of busy crowds.  

The hike will begin at 1350 meters above sea level and will take us along the northern edge of the Aibga ridge. Crossing the ridge going south-east and gently gaining in altitude, hikers will take in the breathtaking views of the peaks of the Main Caucasus Ridge, towering above the clouds on the other side of the Mzimta river.

After climbing to 1900 meters above sea level, trekkers will step into the protected area of the Yuriev Khutor high-altitude valley, where the snow melt lasts through the end of summer, only the wind or a stray rock disturb the quiet, and wild animals – bears and chamois – visit these parts more frequently than men.

Equipment: windbreaker jacket or a rain-gear in case of rain, comfortable clothes covering arms and legs, hiking shoes, drinking water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

 


THE ACHIPSE RIVER VALLEY

Difficulty: medium

Length: 6 km

Time required: 5 hours

The itinerary starts at the outdoor enclosure animal park of the Caucasus Nature Reserve and takes us down the right tributary to the Mzymta river on the right side of the Achipse river. We will walk through the flood plain forest on the riverbank, cross the river via a suspension bridge to reach the confluence of Assara and Achipse rivers, and then will walk up a short way to the Rudovaya river mouth. One can see animal tracks on the wet soil: foxes, wild hogs, roe deer, raccoon, wolf and bear. High up above, crows, black hawks and buzzards trace the sky. Deep in the woods one can spot other birds, including woodpeckers, jays, and tree creepers.

Equipment: windbreaker jacket or a rain-gear in case of rain, comfortable clothes covering arms and legs, hiking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

 


KHMELEV LAKE

Difficulty: medium

Length: 18 km, car transfer

Time required: 5 hours

We will first drive up a picturesque mountain road to 1,800 meters above sea level, where we will take a walk through a large meadow nestling the karst lakes. From there we will walk up to an overlook with a view on the Great Caucasus Ridge.

Equipment: windbreaker jacket or a rain-gear in case of rain, comfortable clothes covering arms and legs, swimsuit, hiking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.

 


MEDOVEEVKA

Difficulty: easy

Length: 25 km, car transfer

Time required: 5 hours

We will visit a remote mountain village Medoveevka to enjoy calm, serenity and the crystal clarity of the autumn in the Caucasus. The tour includes a visit of Endemik, a colorful artisanal brewery, where you can taste several kinds of the original craft drink, brewed using unique local water.

Equipment: windbreaker jacket or a rain-gear in case of rain, comfortable clothes covering arms and legs, hiking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

 
 

MATSESTINSKY TEA

Difficulty: easy

Length: 75 km, car transfer

Time required: 5 hours

A mere 20 minute ride from Sochi center, everything changes when we reach the Mastesta valley nestled in the mountains of the Caucasus. Matsesta tea plantations cover more than 170 hectares, a place of clean environment within the Sochi metropolis. We will see how tealeaves are grown, harvested and processed. You can participate in master classes, take beautiful photos in one of the most breathtaking corners of the resort, and, of course, enjoy the taste of the best kinds of black and green teas in the world.

Equipment: windbreaker jacket or a rain-gear in case of rain, comfortable clothes covering arms and legs, hiking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

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