Sustainability leaders work together for practical solutions

Searching for practical solutions at the EarthCheck Inner Circle

Searching for practical solutions at the EarthCheck Inner Circle

EarthCheck's signature event - Inner Circle - will bring together regional travel and tourism leaders on hospitality's sustainability issues.

Convening at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on 11th and 12th of September, Inner Circle is set to challenge tourism industry leaders while sharing practical operational approaches and leading edge science to help address the major environmental, social and economic issues facing the future of travel and tourism.

EarthCheck founder and CEO Stewart Moore said EarthCheck, which has worked with the Asia Pacific tourism industry and leading destinations for more than 30 years, was thrilled to be putting the region's strong focus on sustainable tourism in the spotlight.

"The EarthCheck Inner Circle Forum has gained a reputation for its ability to open up and identify practical solutions to some of the major environmental and social challenges facing the world's travel and tourism industry," Mr Moore said. "Our goal, as always, is to empower industry leaders to take forward the knowledge shared at the event and apply this to their own operations and destinations."

Dr. Raj Rajan, Vice President of Research, Development & Engineering and Global Sustainability Technical Leader at Ecolab, will provide the headline address on day one of the forum. Dr Rajan helps Fortune 500 companies embed sustainability thought leadership and environmental metrics into their management and operational plans.

Ecolab will be presenting the results of a detailed water analysis of EarthCheck's Asia Pacific resorts and destinations using the Water Risk Monetizer, a no-cost interactive financial modelling tool which allows operators to understand true natural resource costs.

"Water stewardship remains a rising challenge for the tourism industry," said Dr Rajan. "International tourism arrivals into Asia are forecast to continue growing to more than 300 million in the next 12 months - adding pressure on resources. By collaborating with EarthCheck and their tourism clients, we can provide the water expertise and solutions to help the industry approach their business sustainably and minimise risks."

Mr Moore said the forum would also address key themes such as risk and resilience, energy and water efficient tourism infrastructure, destination planning and development, expectations for carbon reporting using science based targets, experience development and wellness.

Inner Circle Asia Pacific's host venue Marina Bay Sands, is the first integrated resort in the world to benchmark and certify its entire portfolio through the EarthCheck Certified program. Marina Bay Sands first joined EarthCheck in 2012. It has since ramped up its sustainability commitments through Sands Eco360: a global sustainability strategy that crosses all of parent company Las Vegas Sands' businesses. The programme integrates the company's best practices, technologies and methodologies in the area of sustainability across all properties.

Mr Kevin Teng, Executive Director of Sustainability for Marina Bay Sands said, "Marina Bay Sands is thrilled to be hosting Inner Circle Asia Pacific, an event which is recognised by the industry for its open and frank discussions as well as practical outcomes. Achieving EarthCheck Certification speaks volumes of our commitment towards building a green culture at Marina Bay Sands and influencing our partners and visitors to do the same."

The Marine Stewardship Council's Program Director, Ms Sheryl Torres-Wu, will offer insights into the Council's work with scientists, fisheries, seafood producers and promoting sustainable fishing to safeguard seafood supplies for the future.

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